Internet has revolutionized our lives in every sphere. We can’t practically think about a life without our social media accounts. Our life has become more expressive, thanks to the social media! We get to share our lives, pictures, stay updated with the current happenings around the world through our social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more.
Every social media account is our social and digital identity. Imagine if we get to know that someone has got a hold of it or hacked it. We feel devastated even by mere thought of this horrible situation. You must have observed how automatic links get shared on Facebook through one’s profile or spam links get circulated through message boxes in Facebook and Twitter without our knowledge. No one wants their personal information to be compromised like this. That is why we have curated a list of best tips to protect your social media accounts against such situations –
1. Keep a tab on your apps
Discard any apps that you no longer use or need. Also, check if there are any third-party apps accessing your personal data and delete them right away. They can be a gateway to hackers.
2. Use HTTPS
Always use HTTPS, it provides access to the secure browsing. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram always abides by HTTPS.
Click here to find out why you should always prefer HTTPS connection.
3. Change passwords regularly
Make it a habit of changing passwords from time to time. Changing ‘password’ is not going to make the cut but changing it to ‘strong password’ does. Use the stronger passwords that are at least eight characters long and contain a combination of letter, number and special characters.
4. Control your posts privacy
The rule of thumb in social media accounts is ‘sharing is not always caring’. Always check your privacy settings for the posts on social media accounts. Be careful in sharing your stuff with public. Make sure you have privacy settings enabled for your private posts.
You can read our blog post on privacy: Privacy Vs Security – How to balance both
5. Careful with strangers online
Very often, you get friend requests from strangers online. Mostly they are fake profiles made by hackers to steal your personal information. So beware of such profiles and exercise caution before adding any strange friends.
6. Use multi-factor authentication
Imagine that your social media account has been compromised. Hacker has access to your username, email id and password. He even knows the answer to your secret question. In this case, he can go ahead and access your account easily. But if you have enabled multi-factor authentication then no one can access your account even if he has all the information. He has to get past another set of information that you have enabled. It can be your phone number, fingerprint, facial identity or whatever you have set as the last security barrier. So game is over for the hacker here.
7. Report any problem to the help center
If you come across any unusual activity related to your account then report it to the social media account’s help center immediately. In the meantime, repeat steps 3 & 6.