Social media has become a wonderful thing- but as the spate of recent Twitter hacks show, it’s also got a very good time. You need to make sure that your online presence and identity is safe at all time, so here are some tips to help you on the road.
Twitter hacks are real.
There’s a ton of people out there who’d love access to your private or corporate information. These can range from more ‘innocuous’ but highly irritating sales reps and companies right through to identity theft and burglary. And you may thing that someone can’t do much with a Twitter account password, but just consider the email it’s linked to. Is that used elsewhere? How about the password? Is it the same as on far more important sites? What photos have you shared on the platform? Videos? Details about where you live and work? There’s a ton of info to be mined in each and every social media account and it’s vital you don’t give people a chance to turn it against you.
Things to consider to improve your online social media safety.
The first and perhaps the most important thing we can urge you to do is check the applications you’re installing. Think of all those cool Facebook quizzes and polls that install to your page, asking for a host of permissions as they do so. Do they really need to know all that? Some of them are simply excuses for companies to mine data from your profile. Although social media is there to have fun with, twitter hacks are a real threat and you need to take care.
Secondly, you need to be very aware of a popular twitter hack technique, although it’s used everywhere up to and including fake banking sites. You are redirected to a page, do not check the url is what it should be, and enter sensitive data on a fake page. Next minute, your funds are gone! Make sure you are not being redirected without your knowledge.
Know who asks for your info.
Be very aware of what applications are asking for your log on details and account info, and try to keep these to a minimum. While they’re not all scam sites, some are, and others simple put you more at risk by providing further opportunities for hackers to access sensitive information. The less places that have log in details for you, the less chance of twitter hacks.
Don’t talk to just anyone, either. Chancers will send you fake spam messages about business or your personal life just to engage you and get you to give them information. Unless you can be sure the source is legit, be very wary with the information you hand out to people you don’t know well online. Remember even that sometimes friends will be the subject of cyber-attacks and fake profiles, so be vigilant.go to http://deloitte.wsj.com/cio/2015/09/21/safeguarding-the-internet-of-things/ for more detailed news.
A little vigilance will cut down on your chances of getting a twitter hack considerably.