Most of us now days have a few social media accounts that we use a lot and then there are also a few that we joined up to and never really use. One of the biggest issues people have with all the different accounts is the need for a heap of passwords to get into them all or we just take the easy way out and use one password for all your sites including things like your internet banking log in….
Doing this leaves you open to your accounts being hijacked by not so nice people that can then use your social media accounts to contact your friends and request money from them, this can lead to a of stress for yourself and your friends.
What can you do to prevent this? Here are some tips that will help you make the digital you more secure.
• Don’t use the same password for all the sites you log into! If one of the sites you log into are ever hacked, then they will only get the password for that site. At the very have more than one password so you can then allocate one password that is only used for super secure sites like your internet banking. You can then have another password that you can use for you Facebook and other social media platforms.
• Update your security settings for each social media platform so only your friends can see your posts and not random strangers doing a bit of Facebook stalking. Here is an example of Facebook's security settings. This can be found by clicking on the gear button located at the top right-hand corner of your Facebook screen, followed by clicking “Account Settings”, then by clicking “Security Settings” on the left-hand sidebar.
The screen that will pop up will allow you to change settings regarding your security questions, app passwords, current active sessions, and more. Checking, and enabling these options and features will enhance the security around your Facebook account immensely and the current active sessions will allow you to see what devices (phones & computers) have access to your Facebook account, if you see one that you don’t know you can log it out remotely from here.
• Turn on 2 factor authentication (also known as 2FA) Two-step verification or two-step authentication is a method of confirming a user's claimed identity by utilizing something they know (their password) and a second factor other than something they have or something they are. An example of a second step is the user repeating back a code that is sent to you via a text message or generated by an app on your phone like Google Authenticator. Here is a link to the Google Authenticator app HERE you will also need to turn on 2FA within the social media account settings.
• Set up trusted contact on Facebook. The main social media platform people use is Facebook so this is setting that they have put in place to help you recover your account if it is every hacked. Please remember this only works if you set this up BEFORE you get hacked so I suggest that you do this straight after reading this and liking and sharing the Ben Knows Facebook page.
To choose your trusted contacts:
• Go to your Security and Login settings in Facebook.
• Scroll down to Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you get locked out and click Edit.
•Click Choose friends and follow the on-screen instructions.
After you've chosen your trusted contacts, you can always click Edit to change or remove the friends you've chosen.
• Link your mobile number to your accounts, this is done in the settings of your account and you will be sent a text message with a code the first time you set it up so they know it’s the correct number you are linking.
• Keep you contact details up to date. If you get a new email or phone number make sure you go into the settings on all your accounts and add the new details and remove the old ones. If you don’t do this you will have a lot of trouble trying to reset your password if you ever forget it and trying to contact the likes of Facebook directly is hard as they have millions of users asking the same questions so it is up to you to be proactive.
• Use Incognito Mode to check your social media or email accounts when on a computer that doesn’t belong to you. Doing this means that you don’t have to log your friends out of their social media accounts and as soon as you close the browser down they will also lost access to your accounts as this mode doesn’t keep you logged in. To start private browsing (control+shift+p) in Firefox or incognito mode (control+shift+n) in Chrome.
These are just some tips to help you be a bit more secure on the web and especially social media feel free to comment on the Facebook link that got you to this with any tips you have.
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