When everyone from the president of the United States, Lady Gaga, and BeaconLive are getting accounts hacked into we realized what a growing issue this is. Social reputations can be destroyed, followers lost, and viruses found days later on your computer when an account is hacked. So you’re asking, How do I prevent this from happening to me? Here are some tips that we, at BeaconLive, have found useful in beefing up our own account security:
While password security seems like the simplest aspect of ensuring that your account is not hacked, it is also one of the easiest things to forget about. It is typical for a person to have to remember passwords for up to 20 accounts that they will use on any given day. So typically they are kept simple and the same throughout all of their accounts. This is very dangerous, because if one of your accounts gets hacked into, then a hacker could potentially have access to everything from your Facebook to your bank account. Make passwords as long as possible. Include as many numbers as possible without making it a series of 1, 2, 3… etc. In addition putting symbols and upper case letters at random in your password will increase how strong it is. NEVER use your name, birthday, or those of your significant other or children. These are some of the easiest guessed passwords available. Just be smart about what you use!
Change your passwords regularly. Having the same password for to long of a period, despite how great it is, still leaves you open for hacking attempts. Having the same password since High School is never a good idea. In addition, do not rotate your passwords. In doing this you will give a hacker access to your account every few days/week/months. It just starts the problem all over for you. ALWAYS come up with new passwords.
While joining a third party network can make your life easier to organize tweets, Facebook posts and the newest thing on LinkedIn you need to be careful for which ones you join. Applications such as TweetDeck and HootSuite are very reliable, but others may not to be as trusted. Those sights are easy targets to get hacked and steal your access information.
Avoid clicking on links in Twitter that sound “too good to be true” or are telling you someone is spreading rumors about you. These types of techniques are to entice you to click on the link. Once this happens your account is easy access for a hacker to steal your information. Rule of thumb, unless you know who its from, and trust that they are providing you with a reputable link, don’t click it. Use the tone-check, if the Tweet isn’t using the typical tone of the tweeter, then assume it might be spamming or phishing. If you come across someone sending these links, don’t worry and don’t un-follow, just let them know that their account may have been hacked, and tell they can correct their problem.
Make sure you are ON Twitter:
Again this seems very simple, but it is quite easy for a Phishing website to change the URL to seem like a real twitter site. Ensuring this is a simple way to make sure you don’t “re-long in” to twitter giving your information away to hackers. Always make sure you are logging into Twitter.com, Faceook.com, LinkedIn.com or similar sites.
Hacking is a terrible thing to happen to an account. Take precautionary steps to ensure that you do not fall victim to Hacker’s tricks and your information and online (as well as possibly real) identity will be safe. Stay smart online.
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Links we found useful in fixing our own account: