“How to protect your social media accounts from hackers” People who have internet facilities but do not have accounts on social networking media or social networking sites are rare in this era. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and some other websites are increasing in number of members. It doesn’t take much time to open an account with them, and the usage rules are also simple. Many people have multiple accounts as IDs can be opened for free.
No matter how many social media accounts one has, a significant amount of time is spent on each one. Creating them, doing email/mobile verification, profile edit etc. unconsciously creates an illusion towards these IDs. After a few days of use, self-esteem is also associated with them. But how will it feel if Sather’s account is hacked or hacked? Must be very upset? That is normal. This happens mostly because of our own mistakes.
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Account hacking does not mean that someone else stole your password and changed it and you lose ownership of the account. You can be a victim of ongoing hacking even when you have your own access. In other words it is also called ‘compromised account’.
You are obviously using Facebook/Twitter, and on the other hand your account is compromised and spam links are being spread in your name. Most of the times these spam/scam links contain trap pages with pornographic images or videos. Nowadays many people can be connected to your social media account (e.g. Facebook) including family members, teachers, students, business associates. Now if you are the victim of such a vulgar spam and these links are spreading from your Facebook account, then you can wonder where your personality stands? Some may see it as a scam, but others find it embarrassing.
This is a very important question.
A few things can tell you that your favorite social media account is being hacked/hijacked/spamming/scam. For example,
If your account automatically likes, dislikes, comments, link posts, friend requests, follow/unfollow, favorites list updates – etc., understand that your ID has been compromised.
If automated messages are sent to different people in the friend list, it should be understood that there is a problem somewhere. Of course, it’s hard to notice unless someone warns you.
If you receive any unwanted alerts (such as password change, email address change, etc.) from the social networking site, you will understand that your account is in control of someone else.
Any application such as games, food apps, etc. is added to the account or phone without your permission.
If your status or tweets are updated invisibly from your ID, assume that account ownership is in grave danger.
If the profile picture, cover photo or other information of the account is changed without your intervention, understand that the ID is about to be hacked.
Protect your social media accounts from hackers important point
Protecting your social media accounts from hackers is essential in today’s digital age. Here are some important points to keep in mind:
01. Use strong and unique passwords: A strong password is a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessable passwords such as your name, birthdate, or common words. Use a different password for each of your social media accounts.
02. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA): 2FA provides an additional layer of security to your social media accounts. It requires you to enter a code generated by an app or sent via text message to your phone in addition to your password. This makes it difficult for hackers to gain access to your account even if they have your password.
03. Keep your software up-to-date: Make sure you have the latest version of your social media apps and operating system installed. Software updates often include security patches that can help protect your device and accounts from hacking.
04. Be wary of suspicious links and messages: Hackers often use phishing scams to trick you into revealing your login credentials or installing malware on your device. Be cautious of any suspicious messages, links, or attachments sent to you via email or social media.
05. Review your privacy settings: Check your social media privacy settings and adjust them according to your preferences. Make sure you’re only sharing your personal information with people you trust.
06. Monitor your account activity: Regularly check your social media accounts for any unusual activity, such as logins from unknown locations or devices. If you notice any suspicious activity, change your password immediately and report it to the social media platform’s support team.
How to prevent these unwanted events?
A more important question… these embarrassing situations can be avoided by keeping a few simple things in mind for the security of your social media or any other online (and in some cases offline) account.
Turn on Two Step Verification. If this feature is enabled, a separate authentication code must be input after entering the user ID and password while signing into the account. This security code will come to the mobile via SMS or a new code can also be generated on your smartphone app. Check out my post on Facebook Two Step Verification.
Never forget your account password on any site or app other than the main social media site. Nowadays services like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus etc. have a “one time password” or security code system for use in various applications. Suppose, you want to chat on Facebook with the help of Nimbaaz software. Facebook will ask for credentials while signing in here. In this case, your username/email and password form will appear. After giving the username there, one time app password should be given in the password room. Entering the original account password will not work. Usually, two-step verification is enabled to enjoy the security of this facility.
Do not give username-password to any site other than the main social media site. Whenever you go to login to Facebook, Twitter, Google etc. service, note its URL or web address well. For example, in the case of Facebook, www.facebook.com, in the case of Twitter, https://twitter.com, in the case of Google, google.com, make sure that the login address starts with these domains. This precautionary step will come in handy if another site tries to trick you into taking the ID-password.
Minimize use of third-party apps on Facebook, Twitter. These apps are enough to spoil your reputation on social media by sending messages, wall posting, photo tagging etc. for you. And, once those apps get hacked, it can have a detrimental effect on your account as well.
How to protect your social media accounts from hackers advantage
There are several steps you can take to protect your social media accounts from hackers:
Use strong and unique passwords: Use a unique and strong password for each of your social media accounts. A strong password should be at least 12 characters long and include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using common words or easily guessable information such as your name, birthdate, or pet’s name.
Enable two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security feature that requires you to provide two forms of identification before you can log in to your account. This could be a combination of a password and a code sent to your phone, for example. Enable 2FA on your social media accounts to add an extra layer of security.
Be cautious of phishing scams: Phishing scams are fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information such as login credentials, credit card information, or personal information. Be cautious of any messages, emails, or links that ask you to enter your login credentials or personal information. Verify the legitimacy of the message or link before clicking on it or providing any information.
Keep your software up to date: Keep your computer and mobile devices up to date with the latest software updates and security patches. This can help protect your devices from security vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. “How to protect your social media accounts from hackers”
Use privacy settings: Review your social media privacy settings and adjust them to limit who can see your information, posts, and photos. This can help reduce the risk of hackers accessing your personal information.
By following these steps, you can help protect your social media accounts from hackers and maintain your privacy and security online.
What to do if a social media account is hacked or compromised?
If control (partially or completely) of your hobby’s social media account is transferred to someone else, you can follow the steps below.
Change your account password immediately if possible.
Also change the email password associated with the social media account.
If you are a victim of spam posting, login to the account and check its web app list. Remove unnecessary and suspicious apps.
Check your browser’s add-ons/extensions list. Also disable/remove any unnecessary or suspect add-ons/extensions.
Now scan the computer for antivirus.
Contact the person who received the spam message or wall post as soon as possible to inform them that your account has been compromised, to avoid misunderstandings.
Visit the respective social media application page to quickly check the app.
Facebook application page
Twitter app page
Google Plus App
LinkedIn Application Page
But if you lose control of the account, that is, if hackers change your password, you can recover the account by going to the reset password option via email. And if the email address is also changed, contact the support links below. “How to protect your social media accounts from hackers”
*** Facebook support
*** Twitter support
*** Google Plus Help
*** LinkedIn Help
Hope you find the post useful to avoid the above embarrassing situation. If you have more questions, you can share them in the comments.