5 Ways to Keep Your Social Media Account Secure

If you read yesterday's blog, New Facebook Videos Lead to Malware, you may already know what the latest attempt by hackers is to infect your computer. For those of you who missed it, hackers are infecting computers by exploiting the curiosity many people have regarding their Facebook friends. You may be wondering how you can keep your account secure. If you’re a Facebook user, or a user of any social media network, there are some things you can do to make sure your account is kept secure.
  1. Think Before Clicking
    Never click suspicious links, even if they claim to come from a person or company you know. This includes all links sent through Facebook and those sent through email. If one of your Facebook friends clicks on a spam link, it’s likely that you will receive that same link and it will seem as if one of your Facebook friends had sent it you. Be sure not to download any files, especially .exe files.
  2. Choose a Strong Password
    Make sure you pick a unique and strong password for your Facebook account. Don’t use a single word that can be found in the dictionary like “apple” as your password. Use a mix of letters and numbers and try to change your password as often as possible.
  3. Never Give Your Login Details
    Some malware scams work by offering you something free, for example free gambling credits or iPhone’s, in exchange for your Facebook login details. If you’re ever asked to re-enter your password, make sure the website address begins with www.facebook.com or the website you are using.
  4. Have Up-To-Date Software
    Make sure you are always running the latest version of your web browser software and have up-to-date anti-virus software. Updated software will know about the latest hacking methods and will usually warn you if you are about to enter a phishing website.
  5. Be Sure You Are Really Using Facebook.com
    Many hackers will set up a fake, realistic looking Facebook page. Make sure your browser is always pointed to facebook.com before entering your login details. If in doubt, you can always type facebook.com again yourself to make sure you’re on the correct website.
It is critical to take the necessary precautions to protect your social media accounts. You can start protecting your accounts today by keeping in mind these 5 simple things.

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