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Social Media jeopardises data security?


Have Facebook & Twitter started knowing you more than your best friend?
Well! We aren’t surprised with that folks. It was back then, 10 years ago we all “discovered” about social media. However now, social media runs a remarkable section of people’s social lives.

With hackers being able to gain more access to our personal details, it’s about time to make sure we protect the information we put online about ourselves and share with the world. Employers are using social media widely, to reach out to their employees and customers both.
Assume, if someone gains access to your accounts? It would be disastrous & might even have a negative effect on your business. Sadly, intruding into your social media account can be a child’s play for hackers!
Just one awry click on a scam or using a weak password, that is as simple as ABC. Proliferating your social media privacy, will undeniably make you less susceptible to hackers. Remind yourself that social networking sites are owned by private businesses and that they make their money by collecting data about individuals and selling that data on, distinctly to third party advertisers.

However, precaution is the key:


Treat the “about me” fields as discretional.

For example: Facebook endows you the right to fill in a lot of information about yourself, from your date of birth to where you went to high school. Just because these fields are offered, nonetheless, doesn’t mean you must fill them. Choose entering a general version of the details requested or just leaving the field empty. In the same manner, providing only your state of residence, on behalf of both city & state, can make it difficult for others to understand precisely where you live.


Choose powerful passwords.

Memorizing passwords considered to be “strong” can be an irritation in the rear. Even when Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, wasn’t too keen of using difficult passwords until he was hacked. His Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest accounts were compromised, and his password was subsequently revealed to be “Dadada.” This just shows that majority of people don’t take their password strength too seriously. Most people feel “It will never happen to me.”
Well, it can happen, so be sure of using a password that’s difficult to crack.


Use multi-factor authentication.

Imagine a hacker has your password, username and email; even knows the answer to secret question. He can login to your account. But if you’ve enabled multi-factor authentication, the hacker will need another factor to correctly login to your account. So, without your phone, fingerprint, face or whatever factor you’ve set up, the game’s up for him.


Be cautious when use your social network account in public internet spaces.

Efface your password and browsing history, when using a browser on a public machine.


Move passwords to management program.

How many social accounts do you have?
10? 20? Do you summon up a hundred different, strong passwords, or do you use the same cinch password for all of them! Hackers mainly go through a series of easy passwords with a list of, you can say, PayPal accounts, tying for matches. If they are able to get through your account, you could lose huge amount of money. In the worst-case scenario, if you used the same password for other accounts, the hackers could enjoy complete dominion on your social media accounts. Using an exclusive, strong password for every account is necessary, and the right way to do it is, to seek help of a password manager. We’ll soon share an article on the best password managers you can use, to protect your data!

Summing up.

You can use social networks, but you must take additional care to make sure your personal data doesn’t get on the wrong track. You should know what threats you are most unguarded to and take steps to cushion yourself and your networks.
For more information on how to keep your data secure, stay tuned!

Aditi Srivastava
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