"Hello, I just won N40,000 from Get Rich Now Investment Scheme, call Mr xxxxxx to get yours today"
Many of us have probably gotten messages like these from friends on social media only later to realise that the account had being hacked. Some have even fallen victims already before discovering the truth.
Social media websites are constantly updating their security to keep their users safe but these hackers are also not resting. Just recently, Twitter had a very huge security breach; where accounts of prominent people in the world were compromised and used to carry out a bitcoin scam.
It's a terrible experience to find out your account has been hacked and sensitive information about you is now exposed to strangers. To avoid these troubles, here are practical steps you need to take to keep your social media accounts from hackers.
Use Strong Passwords
Passwords are the first things you need to consider when keeping your social media account safe from hackers. Sometimes, the fear of forgetting your password makes people use common things like their phone numbers, birthdays or spouse numbers, you would need to avoid this.
The best form of passwords are those with upper case, lower case, character and numbers in them. Pick a format for your passwords, but don't make it very obvious. Gladly, google accounts can help you store your passwords incase you forget them.
Avoid Third Party Apps
On most smart phone settings, there is an option to prevent the installation of third party apps.
A third-party application is an application made by a developer other than the original vendor of the platform that the app was created for. For instance, applications running on Android software but were not developed by Google.
Applications always require some sets of permissions on your smartphone and giving a hazardous third party application permission to sensitive contents and functions on your phone can put your phone at risk.
Before installing any application, make sure you access every permission it needs or better still, avoid third party applications.
Enable Two steps verification
Its great to know that most social media application offer two-step verification feature to add extra security to your accounts and keep it safe from hackers.
With two-step verification, you'll be notified of any suspicious activity on your social media account. Two-step verification requires users to confirm their identity using a combination of two different components, so its a pretty cool safety feature to use.
Avoid Suspicious Links
Majority of hacks happens when users put up their social media log in details on suspicious webistes and links.Affected User tends to think that they are logging into their real social media account without knowing that it is a fake login page that is being used to capture their details.
It is advised that users think twice before clicking on shortened URL links in social media feeds, emails and messages.
Don't Put up too Sensitive Information Online
This is more of personal advice. You need to be careful of the information you put up online. Most hackers get access to some information through their victim social media posts and feeds.
It is advisable to keep some sensitive information private and away from social media.
In these era, a large part of our daily lives revolve around the social media, it is your top priority to keep it safe. Social media hack is very much avoidable if you take the right steps.
In case, you discover that your account has been hacked, quickly notify those around you to prevent them from fallling victims to scammers.