Must-Know: How to Protect Your Social Media Account From Cyber Attack

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For every problem, there is a solution, and this is no exception. A good cyber security strategy for social media should include steps for every possible scenario, from general steps to other more specific. Such strategies must be worked from the bottom-up.

Education

Understanding how breaches occur is the simplest step to avoid it. To identify social engineering and other threats is a big step towards a secure system. In fact, it is the first step.

Information Protection

Properly handling and storing information of any kind regarding you or your business. This also includes monitoring the information that is going to be shared via the internet or a social media platform.

Good practices on Social Media

Facebook, Twitter or Reddit Cybersecurity. Call it whatever you want, but hackers are focused on online customer service and social media manager accounts for a reason. An extra effort must be made to ensure that managers and anyone with access to the account understand how to avoid malware or falling victim to social engineering.

Password Hygiene

Although one tends to choose passwords that are easy to remember, this is detrimental. Something that should not be done, especially in business accounts and managing accounts. Use different passwords for each and every account and change it often.

When proper, use two-steps verification as well. This is an extremely secure way to prevent anyone else from gaining access to the account.

Physical security & Hardware

Limit and monitor access to physical devices. Especially the ones that might be easier to access your social media platforms from. This is not to say that it’s going to be an inside job. But better safe than sorry.

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Updates and Software Patches

Making sure that your device or devices are always up-to-date is one of the most effective ways to maintain strong protection against an attack. This is extremely important because updates exist to address emerging issues and vulnerabilities – Besides, updates are practically automatic.

Cyber Security Protection System

Employ technology to protect your accounts. As the number of threats increases so does the efforts to prevent them. Firewalls and Antiviruses will do a great job when the best practices and human elements fail.

These solutions offer multilayered protection that includes, internet surfing, network, email, etc… Basically they do a great job at stopping malware, viruses, malicious URLs and other threats from stealing your information.

In short, when you develop a cybersecurity strategy, your goals must be clear. Whether the task falls to a specific individual or an entire department, without clear goals and a strong plan you might as well not even try it.

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