‘Hi, hope to see you soon. By the Way you can check me out on IG, my handle is @…’ This is how a lot of conversations among the yungins end nowadays. In today’s world, social media has actually become a thing that defines us in a lot of ways. Today if you want to find out basic information about someone, just go to their Facebook profile and BOOM! You will get it.
Social media has become very profitable and people actually make good mullah off it! It’s because of this reason that cyber-attacks have also been on the rise. Do you know that people actually hack and then sell other people’s social media accounts nowadays? Have you seen the “Account inauzwa alert posts?” Weh!
The big question is; How do you protect your data and online accounts? Let me help!
- Never share the same email you use on social media as your recovery email. Get separate emails for social media to reduce the risk of getting hacked.
2. Don’t be baited. Many of us leave digital footprints on your day to day activities. Say you go to a cyber cafe and forget to log out your IG account. That’s how hackers get access to your account, know your online habits and bait you with a DM. Stay woke!
3. Invest in a good anti virus e.g. Avast, Kaspersky e.t.c. because they act as spyware and protect you from intrusion and hacking by detecting suspicious activity on your device. Avoid using free mobile or laptop antivirus!
4. Invest in VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and avoid free WiFi! This is because VPNs are more secure and will protect you from being hacked as well as protect your sensitive data.
4. Turn on the two step verification for your social media account so that every time you log in, it sends you a code and asks you to enter it as verification. Did you know you can have this setting on your emails as well? Yes you can! Just go to settings. This is a great way to keep your accounts safe because it prevents hackers from directly accessing your accounts, and easier for you reclaim your account in case there is an attempt to hack it.
5. Give yourself a fighting chance! Do not use obvious passwords like 123456 or 0000. This makes the hacker’s job all too easy. You canUse password generators like LastPass to get secure passwords that are harder to hack. Click on this link https://lastpass.com/generatepassword.php
6. Avoid linking all your social media accounts because once a hacker gains access to one site, he or she can manoeuvre their way into your other accounts and extract the data they need.
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