My private Hotmail account was recently hacked into, causing me to reassess my entire internet security strategy. I was pretty safe already, taking common precautions such as updating my software on a regular basis and not clicking on any unknown links, but there was still room to improve. After some research I came up with a strategy for how to increase my social media security. I hope these tips can help you as well.
1. Build a Stellar Password
I once had a coworker that would implement the most impressively difficult passwords for our company accounts. Each individual password would have impressed the NSA with its carefully crafted combination of lower and uppercase letters, intermingled with punctuation and numbers. Honestly, I thought she was overdoing it at the time. I don’t anymore. Whatever you do, follow basic common sense. This means that even if you have the most cleverly crafted password creation known to man, you will not reuse it over and over again on different sites.
2. Don’t Store your Password on Your Computer
It’s not safe, so don’t do it.
3. Don’t Use Any Password that You Can Find on a Top Ten List
Sorry to say it, but this means no passwords like: password, 123456 or abc123.
4. Utilize a Password Management System
Because, really… who can remember the multitude of complicated number and letter combinations that it would take just to get through the sites visited before your first cup of coffee is finished? Oh, and it’s free. Enough said.
5. Password Protect Your Devices
Last, but not least: put a password on your devices, because you aren’t perfect and someday you are going to loose one of these babies. Or, if you are like my unlucky husband, it will slide out of your pocket during a long-haul flight and you won’t realize it until the cleaning crew has already been through the plane. Seriously people, these things do happen.
What do you do to keep your social media accounts secure?