10 Ways to Enhance the Security of Your Social Media Accounts

Could you go anywhere without your smartphone? For those who
never turn their phone off, you may be surprised to know that
Facebook, Twitter, and other apps can listen to you through your
phone’s mic. While social media has risen quickly in popularity,
there have been a lot of questions lately about the privacy of
users, and whether apps like Facebook are abusing them by
collecting data for advertisers. If you want to protect yourself
online, you need to start controlling the way social media can
access you. In addition, your accounts could also be exposed to
hackers and cyber criminals.

These are a few ideas to keep your social media accounts
safe:

1. Use a VPN

A VPN is a set of servers that you can access the Internet
through to hide your own location. These servers become like a
second location, keeping your home location completely private.
Security is the main reason why you may want to do this, so if
someone wanted to access your browsing activity, you could use a
VPN to stop them in their tracks.

In the past, it was difficult to set up a VPN, but today’s
services are more sophisticated and user-friendly, allowing anyone
to create their own VPN and start browsing the Internet as
privately as possible. You can even try out a free VPN if you’re
unsure.

2. Change Your Social Media Password

To protect yourself against phishing and other hacker attempts,
you should change your password often. This means that you
constantly use a different a password or a variation of it. While
it’s a little annoying to do this, if you have been hacked
before, then you know you can use a more secure password. At the
very least, make sure you use a longer password with numbers and
symbols too.

3. Uninstall Facebook from Your Phone

If you are attached to social media, then this is going to be a
hard one, but you may not realize the amount of power that social
media apps have over your phone’s peripherals. Facebook can use
your camera and microphone to store data about you, allowing
advertisers to gain access to your timeline feed. If that creeps
you out and you’re tired of seeing AARP ads on your Facebook
timeline, then it’s time to cut the cord.

4. Close Any Accounts Not in Use

If you have
older accounts
from when you were younger, don’t allow them
to be hacked or used for data. You can delete these accounts and
erase your data, as well. You don’t want to leave any personal
data behind either, so if you could, delete content whenever you
decide to close an account.

5. Be Careful About Who You Add as a Friend

There have been a lot of stories lately from Facebook users who
receive messenger requests from hackers disguised as new friend
suggestions. If you don’t know the person and haven’t met them
before, it’s important to check out their profile carefully
before adding them. If it is a hacker, you could be opening
yourself up to being hacked via Facebook messenger on your
phone.

Victims described these accounts as strangers who often had
pictures of real people and one close connection, but they didn’t
have any photos or activity besides their profile picture. When
asked, friends of these hackers didn’t realize they had been
added.

6. Check Your Apps Settings

Do you have location tracking and microphone use on? You can
look at your settings within each app to ensure that your privacy
is being managed by you, and not the app. You don’t want the app
to have control over your microphone, camera, or location. While it
may seem convenient to tag yourself or to automatically be added,
it’s actually a way for apps to collect data about you and store
it away for advertisers or worse.

What would happen if a social media network was hacked? Could
you imagine the possibilities based on all the information they
have access to?

While every phone is different, you can typically look in
“Settings” on your phone and find the app name, then deselect
any settings that allow the app to access your location or
microphone. There are also advertiser settings within the social
media apps. You can turn off the network’s ability to send you
ads all the time or change what advertisers are allowed to market
to.

7. Log Out of Social Media Accounts When Not in Use

Once you stop looking at Facebook, it’s best to log out,
whether you’re on your phone or in a browser. This is because
Facebook can actually track your activity while you’re browsing
with the app or website open. Users probably don’t realize this,
but it’s one of the main ways that Facebook is able to collect
data and share your behavior with advertisers.

8. Understand Importance of Your Data Security

When you’re on any social media site, you should be wary of
all ads that you are shown. If you see poor quality advertisements
with no brand names or only text, these are likely malware-related
sites and should not be clicked. While it’s hard to trust any
advertiser, if you don’t recognize the name of the brand, you
should always do some research before clicking on it. Otherwise,
you may just be adding your IP to another hacker database.

9. Use HTTPS to Browse Social Media

HTTPS
ensures that you are security when you browse the internet. If you
don’t see HTTPS in front of the website URL at the top of the
page, it could mean that your connection is unsafe. While a VPN can
make this even more secure, it’s best to check any website that
doesn’t have this secure connection.

10. Delete Cookies

Finally, while it’s convenient to have passwords saved and
other information, you may not want a website to store your
information anymore. To see what cookies are saved, you can look at
your browser settings. Even if you want to keep some of these
cookies, you can delete the ones you don’t recognize.

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