June 17th, 2019
How To Prevent Social Media Hacking
Staying safe on social media can be tough these days. Whether the hacker be an ex-wife or husband, a past employee, or even a random person online trying to steal your information, it's good to know what to do in case of a social media hack. All your social media accounts can be compromised, particularly if someone has your phone or your password stored on their device. If you need help with this, feel free to contact us to get a full social media protection service as a one time fee. So, if you're seeing some suspicious behavior, here are a couple things you can do to help fight back:
1. Set Your Account to Private
This is a great thing to do because it allows only your accepted friends and followers to see your posts and general information. You can go into a lot of depth on what you want to show, particularly on Facebook. If you have children and you are worried about their online safety as well, employ this tactic on those accounts as well. Keeping your personal details such as location, birthday, or phone number private is certainly advised.
2. Monitor What You Post
While you can go in and delete a post, many people take screenshots. Just make sure you are posting content that won't have the potential to hurt you in the future. Don't provide too many sensitive details in the post such as phone numbers or email addresses as this can produce negative consequences during a hack.
3. Survey and Competitions
Drawings, competitions, or surveys can ask you for personal details in exchange for an attractive prize. A lot of times this can lead to your social media accounts be compromised or worse, even identity theft.
Keep an eye on the updates to each of your social media platforms. Occasionally, the private settings you understood prior to the update will change and you may need to adjust your settings again.
5. Location Services
If you don't want others to know where you are located, make sure you disable the locations services inside of each social media platform.
6. Check Your Payment and Account Connections
A lot of websites now have an option to sign in with your Facebook or other social media to make their login process more convenient. You may want to consider avoiding this to reduce your chances of being hacked and information stolen. Additionally, if you have any bank information or PayPal connections with your social media, your financials could be in jeopardy as well. Make sure you are monitoring and securing any kind of payment details to safe.
7. Change Your Passwords
You'll certainly want to change your passwords as well. If the hacking continues, make sure you create a new account and a new password to make double sure you are safe.