Security Essentials: Social Media Accounts

As always, strong password protection is the number one priority for securing social media accounts. This is because the first thing a hacker will try to do to access your account is to attack your password, because it is the easiest thing for a hacker to do. However, considering that social media accounts are often used for “vanity” and do not contain any real important or valuable information about someone, hackers do not tend to waste a lot of time or effort trying to break into them – relatively speaking.

For this very reason, I contend that close to 100% of hackers will be prevented from successfully hacking into your account or even launching an attack against it in the first place if you simply enable “two-factor authentication.“This is because the amount time and effort it would take to bypass something like that is not worth it for something like access to a social media account. So, combine two-factor authentication with a strong password and you really should have nothing to worry about.

For anyone whom doesn’t know how yet, you can learn how to write and remember strong passwords through my online password security guide below:

Other Tips for Social Media Security

While using your social media accounts, just as with emails, never open a message from or click on links by users, senders or accounts you do not know personally, were not expecting to hear from or haven’t done business with in the past. I say this because one of the most common and easiest ways for a hacker to obtain sensitive data about you on your technological devices is to go “phishing,” by sending you emails, messages or links that have been secretly compromised by malware or other malicious computer programs, primarily by sending hyperlinks for your to click on within those messages.

Fun fact, it is actually much easier for a hacker to uncover your “IP Address” through something like Facebook Messenger than it is through email. This can also be done without you clicking on any hyperlink. For example, you can find someones IP when engaging them on Facebook by using a simple sequence of “cmd commands,” which are freely available on every Windows device.

Like your mother always told you, never talk to strangers – especially online 😉

You can add an extra layer of security to your accounts by preventing them from being “indexed” by search engines and web crawlers. This can be accomplished by making small changes to your account settings. By default, the largest social media platforms are all designed to connect to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo, in order to make social networking more accessible and easier for everyone. However, allowing your account to be indexed means that theoretically anyone in the world could theoretically search for it and find it. If you disable your account from being indexed then the only people who will know how to find or access your account will be the people you give your information to directly.

To do this, go under your account setting, then to Privacy Settings and uncheck the “Public Search Results” box. This will remove your profile’s page from Google, Bing, and Yahoo search returns. This is a also a security practice instructed to Federal Employees and members of the US Defense Department.



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