Increase The Security Of Your Social Media Accounts with infographic
There are a number of examples where a hacker breaks into a branded social media account to harvest data, or just have some LOLs. Here are some proactive steps that you can take to keep your social media account secure, and lower your chances of getting hacked dramatically.
Brute Force hacks stopped by strong passwords
Brute force hacks are commonly caused by people choosing very poor passwords. This was rumoured to be the cause of the infamous hacking incident called The Fappening where individual accounts were hacked. The rumours that iCloud was hacked weren’t true.
To show you another example of how people and businesses still don’t understand strong passwords, a recent Gizmodo article looked at the most popular passwords still being used:
Do you have any idea how easy it is to program a tool to check for the most common passwords? So easy that you don’t have to build it, they’re called password recovery tools!
Creating a variety of strong passwords
Passwords are important, but even more important is having lots of passwords. If you are using the same password over and over, no matter how strong, if a hacker gets hold of it they can now get into any of your accounts that use it.
A common way for your password to be stolen is through a man in the middle attack. You’ll never know it’s happened to you until strange purchases start showing up in your bank records from online properties you’re signed up for!
To create and store them outside of your brain try using a password management system. Examples include:
Each one allows you to create all the passwords you want, store them easily, and some can even enter them for you. I personally use LastPass, but your needs may vary. Here’s a quick guide on how to make handling your passwords simpler.
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