Looking for some tips on keeping your social media safe?
In today’s world, anyone can get information from anywhere online. It’s kind of scary.
With secure logins, facial recognition, and thumbprint verification, you feel safe, right?
I’m not so sure anymore. I say it’s better to be safe than sorry.
I’m going to cover some tips on social media security, so you can still post with some relief that your online identity will be safe.
Tips To Keep Your Social Media Safe
What I see is that social media is becoming a huge part of how we get information now, without much security.
It’s not the login that’s not secure, it’s the posts you share and the profiles you link to that need security. #keepyoursocialmediasafeTweet
Hackers have a way of taking advantage of online security, and since anyone can hack into a phone, it’s important to think about what you’re posting.
Here are my 11 tips to keep your social media networks safe.
1 Use a huge, long complicated password
My hubs taught me this one. I used to literally use ABCs and 123s. SUPER FAIL.
You can have the password generators auto-fill it, which I never do but is helpful. Or you can create one that is memorable to you. It has to be extra complicated though! Here’s a good example:
I know it’s a pain to remember, but you can copy it into a secure source or write it down in a safe place.
Or use a password manager.
2 Use a password manager
If you want to get really fancy, you can use a password manager like LastPass or Google Password Manager. The only thing is, this requires a master password to get in, so you have to remember that one. It’s passwords on passwords…
This can be a great tool to remember all your social media passwords and have them in one place. There may be a small fee involved, but it’s worth it to be safe.
3 Don’t accept followers or fans that you don’t know
It can be really tempting to accept followers as they come in on social.
It’s exciting when people want to follow you and the likes grow! I get it. But if an account follows you and it looks suspicious, I wouldn’t accept it.
The easiest way to do this is to check out the profiles of the people that follow you. Quick tip – if it’s a scantily clad female or an inappropriate image – it’s probably not cool.
4 Unfollow people who are spam posting
As you grow, you may have followed people that you thought were interesting. Sometimes they turn out not to be.
Sometimes they turn out to be weirdos.
Go through your current follower list and unfollow anyone who feels spammy, inappropriate or robotlike.
5 Change your passwords every few months
This one is a toughy, but it’s important. I don’t know about you, but I HATE changing my password. I try to spend my time memorizing it so I don’t have to look it up…and then to have to change it? Ugh.
This is where the password manager will help. There are also password extensions you can get for Google Chrome or Safari that will help to remember passwords. They can easily be updated and still stay safe.
6 Never give your social security number on social
This may be a no-brainer, but don’t just through your SSN around. It’s important to keep your banking information in the right hands.
Here’s a quick list of when you are asked to put your social security number in and it’s okay to do:
- Tax identification
- Banks or credit unions
- Medical facilities
Other than that, don’t ever put your social security number in a social media network.
7 Use two-factor authentification
Are you a fan of two-factor authentication? I’m not, but I know it’s necessary. This is an app that will send a verifying message to your phone in order to log into an account.
The Google 2-Step Verification sends a 6 digit number to the app on your phone, which is generated every few minutes or so. Then you can enter that as additional security on accounts.
8 Keep an eye on your comments
One thing I noticed, is that if a “spammer’” starts following you, they often will comment something SUPER inhuman.
They may say something like “DOMAIN FOR SALE! Your site is hacked and you need XYZ today!”
Ok, calm down. Spamming someone’s comments is a huge red flag.
9 Check your bank account often
Another good thing to do, if you have a digital presence is to check your bank accounts – and do it more than you think.
When it comes to social media security, they are all connected. You may buy something from Instagram and never even leave the platform to check out. That means your data is subject to hackers.
Check those accounts and be wary of any weird purchases. It’s happened to me quite a few times and Chase has been excellent about fraudulent activity.
10 Delete old posts with older comments
Your social media builds on post after post. Eventually, you have a stockpile of older posts that may have some sensitive information you don’t know about.
Take some time to scour through your older posts and delete where needed. You may even find that people have come back to older posts to try to scam you, and you can handle unfollowing them as well.
11 Never click on a link you don’t know
People share links all the time in social media. Hopefully, you are swapping links with people you know and trust. If not, don’t click it.
PRO TIP: There are fake profiles, hackers and con artists everywhere. Don’t fall for fakers and click on links you’re not sure about.
CBCInked Wrap Up: Tips For Social Media Safety
I hope you liked my tips for social media security, it’s been on my mind for a while now to get this blog out there. We have to keep our social media safe, now more than ever.
Raising a step-daughter who will be on social media, it makes me think about my own digital footprint a lot.
How do you keep your social profiles safe? I’d love to hear from you! Reach out to me any time.
And if you need help some marketing help, check out my webcast on how I help you save your social media.
You got this!