Cybercriminals always wanted to break into whatever social media accounts they can.
It’s necessary to secure your social media accounts because cybercriminals always look for ways to get into any legitimate account they can. Here are some easy steps you can take to keep your accounts from being hijacked:
1. Manage your device lock screen
Set all of your devices to lock quickly when you stop using them, by doing this you will have protection from physical attacks. Also, don’t forget to use a strong passcode or biometric to guard devices.
2. Always use a strong, unique password and Two-Factor authentication feature
The easiest way a hacker can get into your account is by acquiring leaked credentials. This threat goes away if you use different passwords across all of your accounts. Requiring a second code, to log into accounts means that even if a hacker does get your password, he also will need control of a second device, usually your smartphone, to break in.
To add two-factor authentication on Facebook, go to Settings > Security and Login > Two-Factor Authentication. Then enter your password to confirm that you want to make changes, and set two-factor to “On.” From there you can set things up to receive second-factor codes via SMS or, preferably, use a code-generating app like Google Authenticator.
To add it to Twitter, go to Settings and Privacy > Account. In the Security subsection, click on Review your login verification methods. After entering your password, you’ll land on a Login verification screen where you can make the same choices about how and where to receive codes.
3. Remote Control
Facebook has a few options to help keep watching who’s accessing your account, and where. Go to Settings > Security and Login, and you can see all the devices your account is logged in on, and where they are. If you see anything, you don’t recognize, or a device you’ve lost track of then logging out remotely, or reporting it as an imposter is what you should do immediately.
From the same settings location scroll down to Get alerts about unrecognized logins, and turn it on. By doing this, you’ll get a notification via Messenger, email, or Facebook that someone has logged into your account from an unrecognized browser. Twitter doesn’t offer a similar function.
4. Limit third-party permissions
Always check out what you’ve approved to ensure that there’s nothing malicious in the list, and remove old plugins that you no longer need.
On Facebook, go to Settings > Apps and Websites to view and manage the outside services that have some access to your Facebook account.
On Twitter, go to Settings and Privacy > Apps to see and edit the list.
5. Manage device permissions
Check all the permissions services Facebook and Twitter have on each of your devices.
On Android, go to Settings > Apps, then click the upper-right menu icon, and tap App permissions.
On iOS go to Settings > Privacy to manage which services have access to which parts of your phone. And also in Settings scroll down to double check the permissions listed for each service you use.
It is a good idea to limit the amount of personal data you put in social media accounts.
Manage your accounts you don’t need and shut down the old ones you no longer use.
7. Use a strong cybersecurity solution
To stay away from such threats, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running.
If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests.