5 Tips to Help Secure Your Social Media Accounts

Do you know that more than 350 million images are shared on Facebook every day!
Every social media account of ourselves contains thousands of memories, so it’s no doubt that social media accounts are one of the most frequent targets for hackers.

They also seek new and more powerful ways to steal data. If they just get the password of an account, then they just reached all details about the account owner, including home location, work location, their family members and friends, which makes it more dangerous than we think.

So, how you know if one of your accounts has been breached? You can know if:
1. You received an email telling you that someone has logged in to your account from an unknown location.
2. You faced problems logging in to your account.
3. You got so many strange annoying ads when browsing the web.
4. You found some friends on your friend list who you didn’t add yourself.
5. You found some posts that you didn’t post yourself.
6. You found an account that uses as the same account name and picture as yours.

Hackers can steal your account passwords using a lot of ways, like password cracking techniques, malicious software installed on your devices, internet phishing, and many others.
So, how can you secure your social media accounts and make sure no one has accessed your accounts? And if they have got already hacked, how can you get them back?

1. Always check the login activity for your accounts

Every social media platform saves all active devices that are accessing your account at the same moment. For every active session, you can get the IP address, the browser type used, location and time. Then, you can decide if an active session doesn’t belong to your devices and then log it out. If you found such an unknown device, change your password immediately!

Access these settings now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
You can also report your account as compromised now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2. Use a strong and different password for every account, and use 2-factor authentication

Password cracking techniques are getting more powerful day after day, and it’s no longer hard to crack short passwords or widely used ones.

Also, enabling 2-factor authentication is so necessary nowadays, as it requires you to enter an extra passphrase after logging in to your account.
To know how to create strong and unbeatable passwords, in addition to enabling 2FA, check out this article!

3. Check your account permissions and restrict access to 3rd-party apps

If you signed up on a certain website or platform using Facebook, for instance, then you’ve given permission to that service to use some of your personal information, like email and friend list. This information will be also stored in the servers of that service. The problem is if those servers have been hacked, then chances that your account has been breached are very high. This is why it’s recommended to turn this feature off.

You can find all 3rd-party apps that are linked to your social media accounts now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

4. Use a reliable antivirus program

A strong and reliable antivirus keeps your device away from any malicious software that is used to steal your sensitive information, and also scans every link you visit online to prevent spam websites from installing malicious code into your device, both on your computer and smartphone.

To know more about the best antivirus programs available, check out this article!

5. Check your social media platforms for site-specific recommendations

Every social media platform provides you with its own recommendations on how to keep your account secure as much as possible.

You can read them now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

With following these simple steps, you will keep your account secured and protected the right way. You will also know what to do if any of your accounts get hacked!
And don’t forget to share these steps with your friends and share awareness around the world!

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