Social media is an amazing revolution and one that has brought human beings closer than they’ve ever been.
However, in the wrong hands social media can cause all sorts of damage and it’s not uncommon for it to happen. In fact, in recent months we’ve seen hackers take control of a variety of high profile accounts. Even though your own accounts may seem a little bit too low profile to be a hackers target, this isn’t always the case. Increasing numbers of people find their accounts are hacked and taken over – so here we take a closer look at the best ways to stay safe on social media.
Needless to say ensuring that you have a quality password goes a long way to preventing problems and ensuring nobody hacks your account. Simply put, even though there are millions of warnings, people still continue to use passwords such as ‘1,2,3,4,5’ or ‘password’ for their accounts. Using a simple password like this leaves a person a sitting duck in the face of hackers. Think of it this way. Would you prefer to remember a slightly complex password, or have your account hacked, information stolen and a load of horrible things posted on your profile.
We all post a lot of information on our social media profiles and with a little bit of detective work hackers can find our passwords, secret answers and a whole range of other information about us. If you add things like your first school or pets name to the profile then you could be in trouble. The vast number of web services use questions like these to glean passwords from. Leaving them in open view in a profile is only going to cause problems.
A lot of us know what it feels like to lose our phone and the obvious issue here is that when we do, scammers have access to our details. At the very least you should have a password protected phone and ideally you should have a remote wipe app as well as a mobile security app. This means that if someone should take your device you’ll be able to get rid of all the info on it – so even though the phone is gone, you information isn’t stolen.
Direct messages are a common way for hacks to occur. These spam emails often look like messages from a friend or someone you know and expose all the important information you don’t want shared. According to Adaptive Mobile Phishers posing as one of your friends works regularly and it has worked on everything from newspaper staff to government organisations – so be aware of this.
Scammers often just email you to become friends and though ignoring it is one step to preventing it. Ideally, it’s best to report the message as spam. This prevents the scammer contacting other people who may not be as knowledgeable as you are. This prevents other people being hurt by this person and often leads to the removal of the account. They may make other accounts, but at the very least you’re helping to hinder their efforts at hurting other people.
Preventing problems in this area can be done with a little knowhow, awareness and savvy – so put the above into action