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How to Secure Your Social Media Accounts

In an era dominated by digital connectivity, securing your social media accounts is paramount to safeguarding your personal and professional identity. Social media platforms, while invaluable for communication and marketing, are also vulnerable to cyber threats. Here we'll share some practical tips to help protect your social media accounts and what you can do if you fall victim to hacking.

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What You Can Do to Prevent Potential Threats

Use Strong and Unique Passwords

This one is a no-brainer but something that a lot of people tend to overlook. Ensure you create passwords that combine letters, numbers and symbols as well as uppercase and lowercase letters. Also try to avoid easily guessable information like birthdays or names.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Activate 2FA for an additional layer of security. There are a number of authentication apps including Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator. Setting this up is easy and a great way of ensuring that any attempted logins are disabled if someone has access to your accounts.

Regularly Update Passwords

Change your passwords periodically to minimise the risk of unauthorised access. Try to aim for a schedule of updating passwords at least every three to six months.

Beware of Phishing Attempts

Always exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments. If you're ever unsure, try typing the first section of the link to see if it is a legitimate website. It is important to always verify the authenticity of emails or messages requesting sensitive information.

Review App Permissions

Keep on top of what third party apps are requiring access to your accounts and be sure to remove any that you no longer use. Make sure to only ever grant access to trustworthy applications.

Monitor Account Activity

Most apps will notify you when someone is trying to login to your account but you can also keep an eye on this by checking the Privacy Settings of the app you are using. Many platforms such as Facebook and Instagram offer activity logs to review recent actions on your account.

Educate Team Members

If you have a team that manages social media accounts for your business, ensure that you educate them about security best practices. You may also wish to conduct periodic training sessions to enhance security awareness.

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What to Do If Your Account Is Compromised

Found yourself stuck in a bit of a pickle? Here are some tips on what to do if your account has been compromised.

Immediate Password Change

If you suspect unauthorised access, change your password immediately. Use a secure device to update your login credentials.

Log Out of All Devices

Most platforms have an option to log out of all devices, use this to ensure the unauthorised user is disconnected.

Review Account Activity

Check your account activity to identify any unauthorised actions. Most platforms often provide details on recent logins and actions taken.

Contact Platform Support

Reach out to the support team of the affected platform and follow their guidance to recover your account.

Scan for Malware

Run a thorough antivirus and anti-malware scan on your device as malicious software could compromise your security.

Inform Your Network

If you have been hacked, alert your friends, followers, or contacts about the potential security breach. Advise them to be cautious of any suspicious activity from your account and to report it if they receive it.

Implement Additional Security Measures

Strengthen security settings, such as enabling 2FA if not already in place. Also be sure to review your security settings to restrict access to sensitive information.

Monitor for Anomalies

Stay vigilant for any irregularities even after account recovery and report any ongoing issues to the platform's support team.

Securing your social media accounts is an ongoing process that requires a combination of proactive measures and swift, informed responses. By incorporating these tips into your digital routine, you not help protect yourself but also empower yourself to react effectively if a security breach occurs. For more tips and advice on Social Media, check out our other resources here.


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