Are you confident that your social media accounts are safe? Better give it a second thought. Why? Because chances are, it has a weak password and with the right skills, it can be decrypted in no time. With this in mind, it’s necessary for you to go over each and every social networking profile that you have and perform the necessary changes for security purposes.

The following are five suggestions that you can do to help you take set additional security to your social media accounts. Take note, though, that performing these security measures does not guarantee your protection at all times, as there will be chances that something unfortunate may happen. But if you take the time to be better prepared, most basic attacks can be easily prevented.

1. Enable two-factor authentication on your accounts

The best, and most reliable way to secure your social media accounts, by far, is to enable two-factor authentication. Many social sites do this in various methods, but so far the most widely favored option is by using a text message. To enable this, you may dig deep into your account settings or go to the help page to look for the option to enable it.

Here’s how two-factor authentication works: as you log in to your account, you get a self-destructing code that you need to enter to verify your account. This concept works very well, as a hacker would have to steal your phone or spoof your phone number. Though this is not an impossible task, having this extra layer of security will definitely make a big difference.

2. Switch all your passwords to a password manager

Not everyone is good at creating a secure password for their accounts. This is why it’s best to use a password manager, not only for convenience but also for security purposes. This is because password managers like¬†LastPass,¬†Dashlane, etc. have a feature that allows generation of secure passwords.

When you sign up for a service like LastPass, you can take it upon yourself to change your passwords manually and then use the password manager’s secure password generator. With a secure password, your social accounts will be more secure. It doesn’t mean that it will be completely unhackable, but cybercriminals will be having more difficulty to guess your password. If these hackers are taking too much time decrypting your password, chances are they’ll just hop on to another social media account.

3. Use a separate email address for social activities

With some people being terrible at picking or creating passwords, what’s more worse is that they often reuse that same bad password on their other accounts. This can be a problem because when a hacker gets access to your social profiles, they’re not just going to stay on your social profiles.

They’re going to try the password they just obtained on your other accounts that require login. The most dangerous place being your email account — they key to your digital life. That is why it is imperative that you make a separate email account for your social profiles. It is best if you keep it entirely separate from anything financial or other personal things attached to it.

So if in case hackers gain access to one of your social profiles, and then from there are able to figure out your email, they won’t get your main account — only the one that is attached to your social profiles. This is another way to stay safe in the social world.

4. Add your phone number as a recovery option

In general, there are many social media profiles and websites that allow users to add their phone number as an emergency recovery option. The point of being if your account is totally and completely compromised, you can have your social profile call your phone number and give the option to recover your account.

Not every social network does it outside of the big social networks. Regardless, search through all of your social network’s account settings to activate this feature, as this is another great way to add another level of security to your social media account.

5. Take advantage of social network privacy options

By simply viewing your profile, a hacker can sometimes gain a recovery information on you. For example in Facebook, you have a recovery question of “What is the color of your dog?” and then you posted a picture of your dog on your profile. This person can easily see the picture, since it was posted publicly, and use it as a reference. The same can be said about relatives’ maiden names, etc.

If you are not a celebrity and don’t want your private information out there, you may want to consider to re-evaluate your privacy settings on all of your social media accounts and change them accordingly.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 6:42:27 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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