Social media account security tips
Believe it or not, once upon a time we lived in world devoid of social media. We know, crazy right? Way back in what might as well be the last millennium, Madonna was kissing Britney Spears at the Video Music Awards, The Matrix Reloaded debuted in theaters, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl for the first (and last) time in history… and no one was able to post about it. Wondering how you ever got through the day without stopping to throw out into cyberspace that you ate the best burrito of your life for lunch? Yeah, us too. Sharing the details of your lunch break is one thing, but social media over sharing can thrust you into the deep end where scammers and schemers lurk.
Stay afloat in the shallow end by understanding how to stay secure while swimming in the sea of social media.
We’ve all thanked Facebook a time or two for making sure we don’t forget birthdays or maybe even your own anniversary. Typing that you’re celebrating your golden birthday on the 31st of March, or sharing the date of your next epic tropical vacation doesn’t seem so personal when prompted by innocent phrases such as Twitter’s “What’s happening? “ and Facebook’s “What’s on your mind?”
TMI tightens up when you’re surfing the social wave. Every piece of personal info you share is a drop in the bucket for a follower or friend with ill intentions. Your address, birthday and the state you were born in are just a few things you should avoid sharing.
ANOTHER PROTECTION TIP: Be careful where you’re accessing your social media accounts. Make sure you are connected to a secure Wi-Fi network and find somewhere private to perch while punching in your username and password.
Steering clear of a social security breach may start with personal information protection, but it’s also important to know about social scam detection. As sponsored advertisements continue to flood the space between status updates and photo uploads, the temptation to sign up for anything from free frozen custard to a free flight to Cancun increases exponentially. More often than not, these posts are phony ploys that online criminals use to trick you into turning over sensitive information.
ANOTHER DETECTION TIP: Research before you re-post. Liking or sharing a post, even if you don’t plan on engaging in the sweet sounding offer, tells your friends and followers the post can be trusted.
If you feel like you’ve been caught in the crest of a social media scam or your personal information has been compromised in any way, don’t wait to react. Notify whatever social medium the scam or scammer is operating through and take the necessary steps to protect yourself from any future faux pas. De-friend and un-follow anyone you don’t know personally and remove any personal information you’ve made public on your profile. If cleaning up your current pages seems like too daunting a task, deactivate and start fresh!
ANOTHER RESTORATION TIP: With most social accounts, there is a difference between deactivating and deleting. For instance, on Facebook, information is saved and stored for deactivated accounts, but completely wiped away within 90 days for deleted ones.
Cyber security is just as important when you’re using social technologies for business purposes. Learn about protecting and detecting sensitive information and recovering after a security breach with the 5 Steps to Better Business Security.