The topic about social media security is very active nowadays; As you know top social media websites were hacked and people’s personal information was stolen.
Probably the main reason of you being here is that you are feeling somehow insecure while using social media.
There are many ways to become private and secure in social media. Also, there are a lot of things that affect your protection. Changing password, sharing less personal information, reducing third-party applications are the main ways to protect your social media account.
Protection is very important to avoid unexpected occasions (you know what I mean). Don’t worry, I got you covered.
In this article, I am going to talk about the top ways you can protect your social media profile. I hope the reading process will be enjoyable for you.
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First of all, let’s see what are the actual risks
In the previous century, most people had phone numbers that were unlisted.
But now where social media became an essential part of our lives, information of family members an also people’s locations are easily available for strangers.
Maybe you didn’t know that while surfing the web, your smartphone generates location data and this information can be accessible to any interested person. This means potential security threats which truly affects your social media security.
Did you know that more than half of cyber-stalking victims (60%) are women? 1 point goes to men! Statistics show that 1 in every 32 men had experienced some kind of cyber-stalking compared to 1 in every 20 women. (Note: I am not sexist, the numbers are).
Generally, as time flies, we are getting more and more vulnerable to a wider range of threats than we used to be. A simple misconception with the wrong person on popular social websites like Twitter or Reddit might lead to a case of cyber-stalking.
The friendly nature that social media websites have often caused people to drop their guard. Many people feel like they are among friends and easily share information with complete strangers that they would never uncover in public situations in the real world.
For example, some users won’t think twice before deciding to share their vacation destination and other personal information with their online followers.
Additionally, some might even post photos of their child’s first day in kindergarten while inadvertently revealing the school name, exact address or any other information child attends.
Also, others share details about their job, their pets, or their relationship status, etc. which is not a big of a deal for social security, but still you have to be careful.
The fact is that revealing one’s information on social media websites can be really dangerous. There are a lot of scammers and hackers that often use details mentioned above to create targeted phishing plan that might expose your computer to viruses or make you reveal social media account passwords or even detailed credit or debit card information!
It might be a good idea to reserve your brand’s handle on your social media networks, even if you aren’t planning using them all at the same time.
This allows you to maintain a consistent presence across networks, that makes it much easier for scammers to find you. As you might guess, this means you’re not secure in social media.
But it’s important not to ignore the accounts you don’t use yet, those that you’ve stopped using, or those you don’t use often.
Idle social accounts might be the target of scammers or hackers; they may start posting unusual tweets or post under your name.
When scammers know the account is not monitored they can send anything that may damage you; starting from false information that’s getting nothing but damage for your business ending with links that are malicious which cause really serious problems for friends and followers. And you won’t even notice until your customers start coming to you for help.
How to become more private and protected
Here are the suggestions to become more private and secure on social media
Secure account password
This is the most important factor in social media security.
I know, I know… this tip is the easiest among all that exists and everybody knows about it but…
did you know that according to this article, 81% of social network profile hacking cases are because of weak passwords?
Maybe you knew, maybe not, but you should definitely review your password even if you think it’s “unbreakable”.
To stop beating around the bush, I suggest you use unusual phrases, include numbers and capital letters; Also make the password at least 7 characters long.
OR if you’re lazy to brainstorm yourself for the cool and secure password, just use Google Chrome’s password suggestion feature.
Reduce third-party app permissions
Third-party apps are appealing because they have popular apps for a cheaper price. But a little bit of sensitive information might easily be extracted through a malicious third-party app.
The reason is that unlike the major platforms, they don’t follow the privacy restrictions. Phone numbers, email addresses, and social media passwords aren’t safe when they’re in the hands of unregulated companies.
So always read the full app permissions text until you press “I agree”.
Lockdown your account
The last tip for social media security and privacy is to enable two-step authentication in all of your accounts. This adds one-time code to enter along with your password in the login page.
Good news is that all major social media websites support this option and you can find it in the settings. This step is very simple and one of the most powerful ways to get your social media account protected.
That’s all for now folks. risks and suggestions for social media security and tips on how to become more secure when browsing the web.
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