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Keeping Your Information Safe on Social Media

It is almost impossible to open a magazine or watch television today without hearing references to Twitter. Whether it is a news anchor talking about twitter for Charles Phillips of Infor being hacked or risqué photos of Taylor Swift being released to the public after her Facebook account was hacked. Although many people feel that these issues effect only celebrities, the fact is that any social media account can be compromised if you do not take proper safety precautions.

Secure Passwords

Keeping passwords secure may seem like something everyone is aware of, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to protect your passwords from hackers. According to industry insiders, many people are still using “password” or “1234567” as a password to protect some of their most private information. Change your passwords often and consider using a combination of numbers as well as letters. Use the dollar sign for an “S” and the number one for an “L” to make things even harder for hackers to discover.

Pay Attention to Privacy Policy Changes

If you have ever signed into your social media account and had to click through a screen that informs you of policy changes, chances are you have never bothered to read the document. Always take the time to review the policy to see what has been added that may protect you even further from hackers. Often, social media sites will list what changes have been made somewhere on their site, so if you don’t want to read through a lot of legal mumbo jumbo, search the site to see if a summary is located somewhere to make it easier.

Set Privacy Settings

You can set stricter privacy settings in all social media outlets. Go to the settings of your Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter account and make sure that all information you want to keep hidden is set to private, such as your current location, workplace or birthday. Set your photos so only friends can view them and require that others ask your permission to be your friend or follow you on social media. Only accept requests from people you know or have actually met, not just because you have a few mutual friends. Never accept a request if you and the person requesting have no mutual friends in common and you don’t know the person.

Internet Security Software

Consider investing in internet security software that protects your identity while you are on social media or surfing the internet. The software will also detect hidden codes in files sent to you by friends that load keystroke malware into your system. This type of software logs each key you type so that when you enter a password, such as for social media or, even more frightening, your online banking, the information is sent to a thief who could hack into your social media or bank accounts.

These simple tips can help protect you from having your social media and other accounts hacked. Even though you may feel that this type of protection is only for the rich and famous, it could protect you from someone falsely using your social media accounts to damage your reputation or from thieves who could steal money from your bank accounts.

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