Protecting Your Info on Social Media

Protecting Your Info on Social Media

Using social media was merely a pastime in the days of old but now, not so much. I mean yeah, it still is for a lot of people but a significant chunk of the population also uses it professionally. Regardless of how you spend your time on these major social sites, you’ll want to make sure your information is protected and inaccessible to exploitative individuals and organizations. Sadly, this ain’t an easy feat. Yes, sites are required to have general privacy settings, but if these aren’t properly utilized your personal or business info could be seized by hackers. This can result in banking or corporate info being stolen, as well as the occurrence of blackmail and, in extreme cases, identity theft.

Thankfully, there are several ways to protect your accounts from online threats.

Keeping your personal accounts safe

Even if your company’s info isn’t on the line it’s still important to make sure your own data is protected when using social media. Here are some ways you can do this:

  • Be selective about what you post and share. Your accounts don’t have to be dull but avoid publicly releasing info people can use against you, such as your address, phone number, and postal code.
  • Use complex and unique passwords for each account and update them on a semi-regular basis. This makes it harder for people to hack your accounts. You can also add an extra layer of security by enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on your accounts. This feature is available on multiple platforms and involves using two different means of identification when logging in.
  • Update your apps when needed. This allows you to make use to the latest security patches, which might not be available on outdated versions.
  • Don’t discuss your passwords or login info in public, or type them on your devices when surrounded by strangers. You never know who’s listening or watching.
  • Use a separate email for your social accounts. That way hackers won’t be able to access other important info like credit card numbers.

Keeping professional accounts safe

Many of the above suggestions also apply to protecting corporate accounts, with the addition of the following:

  • Only offer account access to a select few employees. It’s easier to keep tabs on who posts stuff this way and makes it less likely for login information to get into the wrong hands.
  • Don’t login to company accounts unless you’re at work or have access to a secure network.
  • Routinely monitor your pages to prevent or deal with suspicious activity, should it arise.
  • Stay up to date with – and carefully select – the most up-to-date security solutions available and have access to quality tech support.

 

Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to make your social pages immune to online threats 100 per cent of the time. Hackers are constantly inventing new viruses and it can take a while for solutions to become available. Still, there are ways to keep your accounts safe for the majority of the time. Stay up to date with the latest online issues and utilize new, effective security patches as they’re introduced. Otherwise, the only thing you can do is use social media with as much caution as you do enjoyment.

Alexandra Latremouille
alex@imaginativegroup.com
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