Social media plays a vital role in our daily life. However, it also comes with risks. Thus, implementing strong cybersecurity in social media is a must.
In 2020, the number of social media users was around 3.6 billion people. It is projected that the number will reach 4.41 billion in 2025. People use social media to connect with their loved ones and know their happenings in life.
However, hackers have seen this great number of social media users as a great opportunity to steal data. Such accounts are powerful tools in the wrong hands. We’ve read news of hackers using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to compromise data.
Most people are fooled by the myth that hackers won’t attack them because they only have a few followers. Yet, you are a target as long as you have followers. Read on to see how to implement strong cybersecurity in social media.
Use a strong password and use a password manager
Whatever your purpose is in having social accounts, weak passwords compromise your accounts’ security. Furthermore, using the same password for different accounts gives hackers an open door in accessing all your accounts.
Strong passwords are your first line of defense in cybersecurity. They must be unique on each account and combines different characters. The harder the passwords, the better. Moreover, change your passwords once a month.
Use password managers if you’re having a hard time managing different passwords.
Don’t be too personal
Hackers use social engineering wherein they use whatever information available from your public profiles. Avoid posting the name of your first pet or school as these types of information are also used as answers to security questions.
Keep your profile as private as you can. Furthermore, think twice before posting anything on social media as there is no really such thing as a “Delete” button on the Internet.
This means having an extra layer of security to your accounts. You’ll receive a one-time password (OTP) on your phone or email every time you log in from a new device or location. This might seem time-consuming but having a two-factor authentication greatly protects your privacy.
Lock your phone
Losing your phone is an absolute threat to your security as this gives the stranger access to your social accounts and more. They can use your profile as bait and even change your password.
Thus, all of your gadgets must have a passcode lock. Set it to time out at no more than a few minutes.
Regular check your mailbox to check suspicious login attempts
Many people ignore emails from their social accounts as they think it’s a notification from their friends. However, these emails might be informing you about a suspicious login attempt from a hacker. If you received such emails, immediately change your password.
Verify friend requests and block fake accounts
Social media platforms contain a lot of fake profiles. This could be a hacker, a stalker, or a suspicious organization that wants to monitor your activities.
Accept friend requests from people you know. When a spammer follows you and sends you links, don’t just ignore it. For the sake of others who are less well informed than you, always report the account as spam.