Keeping Your Social Media Accounts Safe

In our blog post Spyware, Hackers, and Spam, Oh My!, we talked about how it’s very important to protect your computer from viruses and hackers. It’s also important to protect and keep your social media accounts safe.

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn are great sources for companies who are looking to reach their demographic through internet marketing. These sources are great, until they get hacked – so learn how to protect your accounts so you don’t get hacked. A hacker is someone who uses unethical practices to get control of someone’s account to get private information. Here are a few steps companies can take in order to protect themselves and their information.

1. Make use of a strong password, and make sure you change it regularly – Having a password with just lowercase letters is never a good idea. You want your password to have a mix of numerals, as well as capitalized and lower case letters. A good length is around 10 characters per password. It’s also important to make sure you change your password regularly. By changing your password frequently, it makes it much harder for people to hack into your account. A great way to remember is to change your password with the seasons. New password for each new season!

2. Don’t use the same password for all your accounts – It’s very important that you use different passwords for Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. If one of your sites gets hacked, the rest of your sites will be protected because none of your passwords are the same.

3. Be careful who you allow to have access to your password – Anytime you sign up to use an App or play a game on Facebook, you’re distributing your personal information. There are people that specifically will create apps or links just to get that information. It’s very important that if you do decide to use these apps, you do a little research first. Facebook apps, for instance, are the games, quizzes, and polls that you receive request to join or find in a search.

4. Be careful on what links that you click on – Many times, when an account has been hacked, it will automatically put out a phony link from that user’s Facebook or Twitter profile. If you see a link that doesn’t make sense coming from a friend’s profile page, don’t click it! Simply clicking the link can lead to an account getting hacked. If this were to happen to you, the first thing you should do is change your account’s password and then notify your connections. Typically these sort of spam links come with an inappropriate message, odd spelling or capitalization.

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