A beginner’s guide to social media safety

A beginner’s guide to social media safety

In the wake of Facebook’s worldwide privacy scandal, it’s time to revisit some social media best practices. Your personal information is incredibly valuable to online advertisers and malicious hackers, and you can’t rely on social media platforms to keep it safe when they're primarily concerned with making a profit. Here are some tips to help keep your social media accounts secure.

Lockscreens exist for a reason

Make sure all your computing devices lock the moment you stop using them. This way, you are safe from the simplest compromise of all: Someone opening a browser or app on your device that has your social media login information readily available. As long as your password isn't blatantly obvious, you'll at least be forcing hackers to do some grunt work before they can access your sensitive data.

Strong passwords are never out of fashion

Using a standard six-digit pass code to secure physical access to your smartphone is an important first step, but you'll also want to ensure that each of your online accounts is protected by a strong, unique password. With so much personal information available for sale on the Dark Web, it's critical that you practice good password hygiene by not using easy-to-guess passwords and not recycling the same password for multiple user accounts.

Another important step is enabling two-factor authentication, ideally by entering a security code that's been generated by an authenticator app. This way, even if hackers have your password, they won't be able to access your account without your phone.

Make use of security features

Facebook in particular offers functions that help you keep tabs on who's accessing your account. To utilize these features, click the down arrow in the upper right corner of your Newsfeed and select Settings. Then click Security and Login. Here you can view your device login history, enable two-factor authentication, and opt to receive alerts about unrecognized logins.

Less info, fewer problems

Of course, every time you log in to your social media accounts, you want to carefully consider the larger privacy and security implications of the information you're sharing. You may be surprised by how easily this information can be accessed by hackers and used to execute social engineering attacks.

On the whole, protecting our personal information requires a larger culture shift when it comes to our use of social media platforms, both at home and in the workplace. To learn more about the tools and policies that can safeguard your business from hacks and breaches, contact our experts today.

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