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How to protect your social media account in 10 steps!

How many of these steps are you doing already?

Published by Total AV Security Labs

You’ve heard in the press that many celebrities and companies got their social media accounts hacked. Twitter even issued an official warning to all press agencies to protect their accounts better.

Here are useful tips on how to easily protect your account:

1. Protect your social media account with a strong password.

We wrote so many times about this, that we won’t mention it again in detail.

2. Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible.

The two-factor authentication assumes that the user is who he is (authentication via user/password) and in the same time that he has something that only he can have (phone, code, biometric data, etc.)

3. Password protect your mobile device.

Many users access their social media accounts from mobile devices. But, mobile devices, due to their nature are being taken everywhere and sometimes get lost or stolen.

Make sure you password protect your mobile device and even encrypt it if it is possible.

4. Don’t use the same account for all activity you make.

Try to create a computer account for each user and if you work with sensitive data, even for each activity. Don’t forget that browsers can save confidential information in cookies and databases. This information is specific for each user. By creating an account for each user, you make sure that your data doesn’t reach the wrong user.

5. Keep your computer clean.

Make sure that your computer is not infected with a keylogger when you work with social media. A keylogger will copy all your input and send it to cybercriminals.

Always use an antivirus software.

6. Protect your computer so that only authorized users can access it.

Even if the computer is not infected, there might be others who have access to it. All websites allow the users to save their login information so that they can access the site faster next time. The consequences of someone opening the browser and typing the address of the social media website is that they will land in your account.

7. Change your password often.

No matter how secure your password is, it is necessary to change it regularly. Many portals get hacked and attackers might get their hands on your password, even if it is a good one.

8. Don’t use the same password on multiple accounts.

If one account gets hacked, then it is a matter of time until the attackers obtain, based on your email address, your other accounts.

9. Use a different email address and username for each social media account.

By doing this you make sure that an attacker has a hard time to obtain your other social media accounts.

10. Restrict user permissions

On Facebook, for example, you can have normal users and administrators for a page.

By allowing too many administrators, you have many attack targets. Also, it is harder to control and protect so many accounts.