Social media is used for several purposes which includes; business, learning, blogging etc. Because of its vast use, it contains several personal data's of the individuals involved.
The data's includes; name of friends, relatives, phone number, email address etc.
With the rise of hackers, getting hold of personal information of the individuals. Hackers used the accounts to scam individuals, posing to be the original owner of the accounts. The impersonator spoils the account owner's image.
Urgently, there is a need to know how to avoid getting our social media account hacked.
The following tips will aid to avoid getting all social media accounts hacked:
1. Start with a strong password
Befriend some password managers. The supply is there if you look for it. They will help you create one of a kind, hard to crack, and damn right scary looking passwords that you won’t have to learn by heart because the beauty of the password manager is — it keeps all of that safe for you. The only password you will have to remember is the one that unlocks the password manager app.
2. AVOID SAVING PASSWORDS ON PUBLIC DEVICES
Cyber cafes are awesome alternatives when you do not have any data on your device. They are also reserves for passwords since most people just click on ‘yes’ on the save password dialog box.
They do so because of the rush they face during browsing. This might also happen to you. If you do not have a device to browse the web, never save your passwords on a device you have no control over.
The password will remain there, and someone will definitely log into your account without any hustle.
3. ALWAYS LOG OUT ON OTHER DEVICES
Not saving your password is not the only way to prevent hacking on public devices. Leaving your account logged in also paves the way for hackers to take control of your account.
Even if you close the browser after a session, Facebook will recognize the session as continuous for a while. If a person comes in just right after you, he should have access to your account.
You have to ensure that you have logged out and that neither your number nor email address is displayed in the authentication tabs. You’ll otherwise find some nasty posts up on your wall if the guy is aiming to destroy you.
4) CLEAN UP YOUR BROWSER
It is always advisable to clean up your browser once in a while.
Most viral activities are found in porn and torrent sites. If you are a frequent visitor (not judging), always clear your data before someone gains access to your authentication details.
If that seems like much of a hustle, just download an adware removal tool to take care of that for you.
5) PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SPYWARE AND MALWARE
The hacking problems are not only web based. A person can hack your browser through malicious software you may have unknowingly installed on your computer.
Some of these software could also spam some pop-up ads onto your screen or browser. You can avoid this by using malware, adware, and spyware removers.
6. Use two - factor authentication
Look for this in every app you have. The amount of apps that are starting to use 2f authentication is getting larger by the year, so keep an eye out for that. It is much more difficult to hack your account if you’re using two - factor authentication on it.
7. Keep your information offline
To avoid having your information snatched from under your nose, you should also sign out of your accounts when you’re done using them. Try not to copy and paste your password.
8. Create a unique email for social media
In the sad events of your social media accounts getting hacked, at least the hacker will not reach your other email, the one that has all of the vital information about you.
9.Open External Links Carefully
Another top hack risk is to open suspicious external links. Shopping profiles with every kind of products can have hack tools built into them. When you tap on a top, watch, mobile cover or any other item’s link, you can be ported to an external link. This external link may or may not ask you to enter your login details.
In both cases, harmful codes in those external links can hack your passwords and login details. Hackers can access that information from their systems and gain full control of your account. You should only open external links for pages and profiles that you trust and no other untrusted ones at all.
10.Avoid Social media Post Views from Other Platforms
Usually, when browsing the Internet from Google Chrome or other browsers, you can be directed to certain social media posts or pictures. This may sound harmless and very friendly showing you posts that you want to see. But, in actuality, this is a tactic used by hackers to hack into your login details.
Quite often, tapping on these fake links, you can be prompted to enter your login details. Average people who don’t know a thing about hacking and different easy it can be done will promptly enter their login details. These login pages can look just like a regular Instagram login page but can in reality be software tools operated by hackers. Once you enter your details in these pages, hackers will have a copy of them instantly.
You should simply avoid any indirect links into your Instagram accounts. Even when they don’t ask you for login information, they can still have codes revealing your passwords to hackers.
11. Be Vigilant In Everything You Do On your social media accounts.
Probably the most helpful tip anyone would give you when trying to secure your social media account from hackers is to be vigilant and watchful. You should look at everything you do on you social media apps carefully. Some places you should take care are:
-When following people or profiles on social media.
-Replying to Direct Messages requests from unknown profiles.
-Viewing posts and commenting on them.
-Tapping on shopping links from business profiles on the app.
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