Social Media Security Checklist

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Social Media Security Checklist

Social Media is a huge part of personal life and business life these days and can be a great way to keep in touch with family, and friends and know the latest news. But Social Media Security has to be at the forefront of our minds.

The last thing you want is for someone to gain access to your accounts and anything else you do online.

Keep your personal data safe while using social media platforms.

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Your social media accounts can give away vital clues about you so use these tips and tactics to help protect your social media personal security.

If using social media for your business consider scheduling regular social media security audits to make nothing is forgotten and have a social media policy so all employees understand what is acceptable and what is not.

Social Media Security Checklist

Keep your personal data safe while using social media
Manage Privacy Settings

These settings allow you to make sure you are only sharing with friends and family. These setting can change with updates so you should check them regularly.

Dont Enable Auto Login

If someone gets access to your phone or computer make sure they can’t automatically access your social sites. Make sure your computer’s browser “remember” your login and password isn’t set.

Use Two-factor authentication 2FA

‘double checking’ you really are who you say you are by texting your phone a code that you need to enter before you can log in.

Setup Security Answers

You can set up security questions on your accounts use questions that are hard to find out about you.

Use a VPN

Virtual Private Network is an encryption tool. If you want to keep your conversations, messages, and calls secure this is the best solution.

Keep Antivirus Updated

Never go on the internet without installing anti-malware and antivirus software to secure your online activity and important data.

Change Passwords Frequently

Always use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols to make it harder to break.

Good, secure passwords shouldn’t be easy to remember.

Never use the same password for multiple websites because they will all become compromised.

Selective Accepting Friends

Are they really who they say they are? Do you really know that their profile is real and not fake? The safest option is to only accept“friend” requests from people you know in the real world.

Turn Off GPS

Turn off your GPS to keep your exact location private. If you plan to share images online turn off the GPS function to protect your safety.

Internet is Permanent

Always consider that anything you post stays there forever. Even if you delete your account, someone may already print/copy your content.

Personal Information

Careful who you reveal personal information. Always be suspicious of anyone who asks for your personal information over any social media platform.

Beware Clicking on Links

Even if sent from your friends think twice. Hackers love social platforms because you are more likely to click on something from your friends.

Block Fake Accounts

Sadly social media is full of fake profiles. These can be used for a number of reasons from hacking or monitoring your activities.

Suspicious Login Attempts

Social media platforms email you if they feel a login is suspicious. Maybe because it comes from a different IP address, a different browser or your account is sending spamming posts.

Keep checking your emails regularly. If you get a suspicious login attempt to your account, change your password as soon as possible.

Keep Browser Updated

Make sure you have the latest version of your browser that is not vulnerable to attacks and hackers.

Don’t save passwords in your browser because if your system gets compromised your passwords can be easily read.

Auto Share Options

There are options to automatically share posts from one platform to another.

Close Old Accounts

Old social media accounts you haven’t used in years can risk your personal data security. Delete account and remove as much personal information as possible.

App Authorisation

Every time you log in to another site using the option of using a social media login you are granting authorisation to your account.

They tell you what data this app will have access to before you agree but if you stop using that site remember to revoke authorisation.

Password Manager

Your passwords are valuable, so treat them that way.

There are a number of password manager software available that help you store and organise passwords. This enables you to log in with just one main password that then allows you to access all your accounts.

Generate a strong random passwords to make accounts safer.

Social Media Platforms Advice on Security

Facebook – Basic Privacy Settings & Tools

Instagram – Privacy Settings & Information

Twitter – How to protect and unprotect your Tweets

YouTube – Privacy and safety center

LinkedIn – Managing Your Account and Privacy Settings

SnapChat – Privacy settings

WhatsApp – Configuring your privacy settings

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