Cyber Security: How to Protect Yourself on Social Media

10/15/2021
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Defend yourself from cyber criminals on social media with strong cyber security practices.

Good cyber safety practices will make sure you won't be a victim of criminals trying to scam you or steal your personal information on social media.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have taken over the world. Not only are these some great means of socializing and community building, but they have immensely helped alleviate the online business and digital marketing game. 

However, no matter how safe, these social media platforms come with relative cyber security threats. After all, these are public platforms carrying so much personal information about people. There are bound to be mishaps, hacks, and unethical deeds taking place. 

Thus, making it crucial for social media users – people like you and me to practice caution and ensure protection from cyber security threats. Hence, we have compiled some quick tips for you that will help you protect yourself on social media. Take a look!

Use Privacy and Security Settings to Avoid Phishing Scams

Whether it takes 2-factor authentication or a compromise on the amount of personal information you put out there on social media, make use of privacy and security settings for your benefit. Social media phishing scams have become increasingly common despite advanced security methods due to the excessive information people tend to share publicly. Hence, make use of privacy and security settings carefully and avoid sharing your mom’s maiden name.

Secure Your Accounts with Strong Passwords

Many people tend to make fun of how social media platforms don’t let you go through when creating an account with a weak password. What you don’t realize is that it serves a crucial purpose. Strong passwords help your social media account from getting hacked and consequently leading to scams and identity theft. A good combination of numbers, letters, and regularly changing passwords is a good way to stay on top of running a cyber threat.

Be Careful With Sharing Location

Make sure that IF you share your current location, you do so after leaving the venue. Many people post stories in real-time, tagging the venue and making their location known publicly to strangers online. You never know who may want to take advantage of that and lead to harming you in person. Hence, it is better not to share your location, especially if it is a place you regularly visit or someplace near your home. Or when you do share, share it among people you trust and know in person, like friends and family.

Final Thoughts

The internet can be a dangerous place sometimes, so practicing caution before putting your whole life out there is a good idea. Our team at Consumer Attorneys helps clients with data breaches that can lead to leaking important personal info like addresses, Social Security numbers, ID numbers, etc. Please fill out the “Contact Us” form, and we will get back in touch with you shortly.


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