Following the recent press surrounding several high profile social media accounts being hacked, we thought it might be time for us all to take a second look at the security of our own accounts…
Unfortunately there isn’t such a thing as an impenetrable social media account. However, you can take some simple steps to ensure that your accounts are a less likely target…
- Make your password secure. It may sound obvious but the number one password in use today is Password1. Even medium strength passwords are vulnerable. You should also have a different password for each account. This may sounds complicated but there are various ways to creating more memorable passwords. Try some of these tips http://ow.ly/lv63q
- Never save passwords on shared computers or mobile devices. This includes spreadsheets, emails and most definitely post-it notes!
- Change passwords regularly. Especially if you have employees who have or have had access to your accounts.
- Password management systems. If you have accounts that more than one person has access too it maybe worth considering this type of system to ensure your passwords are kept secure.
- Be wary of third party applications. Ensure you thoroughly check out any applications before allowing them access to your social media accounts.
- Be suspicious. Do you know how to spot a malicious link? Always be suspicious of any links that ask you to log in and if in doubt about anything check it out before clicking.
- Consider using different email addresses for log ins. If it’s a company account your email may well be displayed on your company website, making this information easily accessible.
- Utilise the highest level of security available to you on each site. Twitter has recently introduced a two factor authentication. Facebook and Google+ also have this facility, however it’s not the automatic setting so you do need to set it up manually.
- Remember to log out! If you are using a shared computer or borrowing someone else’s device.