The Facebook worldwide privacy scandal should have been a wake up call for all of us to revisit our social media privacy settings, as well as our general cyber security practices. As an online society, we have to be vigilant in keeping our personal information safe. Here are some tips that should help you maintain the security of your accounts.
Lock screens exist for a reason
This tip is important, even for devices that aren't cell phones, laptops, or tablets. If you have the option to lock your device before you step away from it, do it! That way, there is no way for unauthorized users to tamper with it. Make it a habit to lock any computer that you use when you walk away from it (even if it's only for a few minutes) by pressing Windows Key + L, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete and selecting Lock Computer.
Strong passwords are never out of fashion
Unlocking your phone may be limited to a six-digit passcode, but you’ll need something much more complicated for any account or local log-in passwords. Create a password that you haven't used before because, with the regular occurrence of data breaches, hackers probably already have a long list of your favorite passwords from other websites and platforms.
An alternative mode of protection is Two Factor Authentication, which requires a secondary verification step such as a code sent to your phone. Even if hackers have your password, they won’t be able to log in without your phone.
Less personal info, fewer problems
These steps are just the beginning steps that users should take to protect themselves. You should also limit the personal data you share on your social media accounts, which can be repurposed by attackers to answer security questions and social engineer their way into other services.