Have any of your social media accounts been hacked in the past? A good majority of internet users have experienced some form of data breach. The data, that attackers seek, can be anywhere from passwords to personal information like credit cards and social security numbers. Although it may seem improbable, most of the data breaches that occur are because of human error.
Among the most popular social media platforms, Facebook is widely used across the world as a method to interact with friends, family, and businesses. The best way to prevent your information from being stolen is by taking preventative measure before it happens. Facebook and other platforms have various methods to help its users protect their accounts. Most of these settings are located within the settings of the users’ profile under safety and security.
One of the most basic forms of password protection is using different passwords for each account you create. The reason for this is one account gets compromised, all of your accounts will not be compromised because your passwords are all different for each of your profiles. Next, create a strong password by incorporating lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters like: !,@,#,$,%,^,&,*,(,).
By using characters like those, if someone were to try and brute force your password, the number of possible combinations increases exponentially making it extremely difficult and time consuming. Another way to secure your account from prying eyes, is by avoid clicking on unrecognized links and not sending sensitive information through the internet.
Unsecure links can lead to malware on your device if not careful. Installing endpoint protection and/or antimalware services can help protect your computer from this threat. Endpoint and firewall protection through platforms like Sophos via vendor partners, such as Firestorm Cyber, is a sure way to guarantee the safety of your devices and information for businesses.
The last and one of the most important ways to protect your accounts is by enabling two factor authentication (2FA). 2FA is when you use a second device, usually always on you like your phone, to confirm when you log into your account. This way, when your password is used to log into your account, you will receive a notification on your device, to confirm your log in. Although it is an extra step to log in, it adds an extra layer of security and notifies you when your account is logged into, allowing you to take safety measures if your log in history is incorrect.
Keeping your account information safe is important. The best way to keep your account safe is by taking preventative measures first. By making and using unique passwords, setting up 2FA, having endpoint and firewall protection, and practicing basic internet safety measures your able to keep your Facebook and other profiles safe. In fact, all these measures can be used to protect any sort of account.
The protection of your personal information begins with the user.