10 Tips for Keeping Your Personal Data Safe on Social Media
Strong passwords, two-factor authentication and good cyber hygiene will keep your personal information protected while browsing popular social media accounts.
Social media plays a vital role in our daily life. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the most common social channels used to connect with our loved ones. With over 2.77 billion social media users today, such social media websites make a perfect platform for identity thefts. With huge user database of private information, it is the responsibility of social media platforms to keep personal information safe.
Last week, news circulated regarding the most commonly used social media website “Facebook” that stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords and left them unencrypted. All the passwords were in plain text and viewable to thousands of in-house employees. If companies like Facebook have these issues, how can we rely on other platforms?
Every year, millions of people fall victim to data breaches and identity theft. If you fall prey, it can cost you loss of personal data along with lots of stress. It happens when you let your guard down and depend so much on these platforms for your security. Online safety is the most onerous task, but few ways can help you stay safe on social media.
Here are ten ways to keep your personal information safe while still enjoying the benefits of making social media connections:
1. Use a strong password and use a password manager
People use multiple social accounts for various purposes. Nevertheless, if your password is weak, your account’s security gets compromised. Also, if you are using the same password for different accounts, your all accounts can get hacked by hackers.
Make sure to use a unique and strong password for you every social account. Your password must include numbers, words, upper and lowercase letters, and special characters. The more strong password you use, harder for a hacker to crack your password. Change your password at least once a month. Try to keep different passwords for different social media accounts. If you are having a problem to manage your passwords, you can use password managers.
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