In this modern era of technology, having social media accounts like Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc, is essentially a priority. It is not just restricted to the young, but also to the old. The idea of having another community, different from the physical community, is interesting, to say the least.
Then again, whatever has its advantages must surely have its disadvantages. And social media is no different as many people that have had their accounts compromised will tell you. Some have ended up being dragged to the police by persons for duping them of funds through their social media persona; frauds they most times did not have the slightest idea of.
Over the years, prominent celebrities have also become prime targets of these hackers who infiltrate their social media accounts to either dupe unsuspecting members of the public or to harm the celebrities themselves.
However, all of these issues can be solved with these simple steps:
- Simply download good anti-hacking software.
There are many of such software on the online market. For one there is the ‘antivirus guide’ software which comes highly recommended. There are also ‘Panda’, ‘BullGuard’, and a host of other reliable software that could secure your social media applications from such breach.
- Do not save your passwords while using an Internet Café/Public Space
So many people, for various reasons ranging from lack of internet to lack of power supply, venture to internet cafes. The danger here is that they most times save their social media passwords consciously or unconsciously. Remember there is an icon ‘Stay Signed In’ (or something similar) below the space where you fill in your Username and Password. While there is usually a small un-ticked box before this icon, this box is sometimes already ticked and so, once you log in, the system automatically saves your details. One has to make the conscious effort to look out for this in order not to have their log-in details saved.
- Be Sure To Log Out After Browsing Is Done
You can call this the part two of the earlier stated point. This part is even more important when you are not browsing on your own personal devices. Then it is vital that after each browsing session you log-out. Even when you are browsing on your device, if your device is not constantly on lock when inactive, anyone, even your so-called friends, can hack your social media platforms through this way.
- Beware of Viruses & Trojans
This is a cheap and easy tactic hackers use in luring their bait. They send packages in the form of music files (for example) to download with a malicious link. Once you click on it you are hooked. They start to have access to your computer or phones and navigate around it as they wish. At this point, you will notice your phone or computer behaving abnormally. Naturally you will take this as a normal electronic malfunction until the damage is done. Therefore, shun any link not from a credible source and seize downloading things online that are of similar nature.
- Clear Browsing History
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, Central Intelligence Agency gathered that terrorists were using pornographic websites, among other ways, to infiltrate the online account details of persons.
On the backdrop of this, it is important to not only shun giving out your details to unreliable sources but to also clear your entire browsing history regularly. This helps in no small way to safeguarding you from hacking.
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