Social Media Security: 6 Hacking Tricks You Never Thought You'd Fall For [Infographic]

Hacking is no joke, but what you may not realize is that it extends beyond emails and can happen to even the most private of users. But an avid social media user like yourself thinks you may have common sense when it comes to posting information. You know not to post any sensitive data and you think you can spot a hacker a mile away. When it comes to social media security, you’re a pro, right?

Don’t be so sure. The truth is that 64 percent of Americans have experienced a major data breach, with 13 percent saying someone has gained access to one of their social media accounts. And contrary to what you may believe about your own safety, hackers target everyone, from lone teenagers to multi-million dollar corporations. If you don’t take the proper precautions, you could be next.

Join us as we explain six of the most common and overlooked ways hackers threaten your social media security. The more you know, the better you can prepare.

Social Media Security

How to Keep Your Social Media Secure

You’re now aware of some of the most common social media security threats out there. Being informed is the first step in protecting yourself. But what else should you be doing to avoid falling victim to these sneaky hackers?

Here are a few tips and tricks to help ensure your social media security is up to par:

  • Two factor authentication: Many people are not aware that sites such as Facebook and Twitter have options for two factor authentication (2FA). This security measure requires users to both know something (a password, PIN or ID) and have something (a phone or card). Having 2FA protects you in case your password is compromised because a hacker will not be able to access your account and oftentimes you will be alerted if someone does try logging in as you.
  • Use different passwords: If you use the same password for several accounts, you’re certainly not alone. But it’s time you break apart from the crowd and create unique passwords for each of your accounts. That way, if one account is compromised, the others will still be safe. One tip is to use a password management system to help keep track of which password is used where.
  • Create strong passwords: The strongest passwords contain at least one uppercase letter, one number and a special character. Do not use a word that could be easily guessed, such as your dog’s name or favorite sport. The more random, the better.
  • Post smartly: Never post information that could be used against you. This includes your mother’s maiden name, your address or other personal information. Even if you think only your friends can see it, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Be skeptical: Any link that seems too good to be true is probably too good to be true. Here’s a trick: If you hover your cursor over a link, in the bottom left hand corner of your screen you will see the actual URL. If you don’t recognize the site, or it seems like a strange URL, do not click.

Stay safe out there

Don’t become another statistic. Use these tips to amp up your social media security so you don’t become the next cybercrime victim.

Hackers are everywhere, but did you know that not all hackers are bad? Ethical hackers work to protect people like you from the dangers that lurk within the internet. Interested in learning more about these white hat heroes? Check out our article Types of Hackers: White Hat vs. Black Hat & Every Shade in Between.


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