Here are some of the top ways hackers can gain access to your social media accounts:
Set your social account profiles to private. If you are unsure if they are or not you can Google your name and accounts and find out. You can also use Google to your advantage to double-check that you really know all your followers.
Avoid passwords that have anything to do with what you share online. Since 85% of people reuse passwords, make sure you aren’t one of them. It might be a little complicated to remember a bunch of different passwords, but you can get password managers that will do the heavy remembering for you. It will be well worth the extra work to avoid your accounts from being hacked.
Play the defensive if a message feels off, do some research before sending them any information or clicking on any links. If you’re still unsure after research, get a second opinion from an expert IT team. Security is crucial.
Set up two-factor authentication. This means if someone tries to login to your account, you will get a text or email confirming that it’s you who tried to login to your account. If it is you logging in from a new device, great. But if it is not you, then you know someone was trying to hack your account and you can put an immediate stop to it.
Here are some warning signs to keep an eye out for, to avoid interacting with an account that has been hacked:
If you suspect that your account has been hacked, you want to act as quickly as possible to stop them from doing more damage through your account. Here are some immediate actions you can take:
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