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Monday, June 29, 2020

Protect Social Media Account



PROTECT SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT



Hello Friends. Today we will take lesson on the importance of protecting the social media account from being compromised. A strong social media policy can protect your brand and avoid embarrassing posts. Social media accounts are the latest phishing target.

Social media has made its own place in the world of people. There are some people, whose day is not complete without using it, but always be aware of the fraud and cyber-crime that occur while using social media. So far, people have had to pay the price for not doing so.
It's a good time to update existing policies to cover the increase in remote work and set clear expectations for employees about using social media during work hours.

One fine day you may get email that someone is trying to log into your Instagram account. But the thing is, you don’t have any Instagram account.
This is a very common phishing scam. A phishing scam is when someone tries to impersonate a company or service that you might actually do business with in an effort to steal your account information.
The scammers assume you have a Instagram account and are hoping you will click on the link and provide your login credentials so they can use this information to access any account you might have.
These tend to be more common with scammers claiming to be from your bank or other financial institutions, but lately they have been targeting social media accounts. Their assumption is that if you use the same login information at one site, you probably use it for another.
Once they get a user name and password combination, these scammers will meticulously go through every possible online service and try to access the accounts with the information they have from this one phishing attack.
That is why it is always a good practice to use a unique password for each one of your online accounts. And yes, that can be a real hassle.
I have been using Google Chrome and logging in with a Google account. This allows me to create and save complex and unique passwords for all of my online accounts.
If you’re not a fan of Google, look at a dedicated password manager like LastPass or 1password for managing this.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram started out as a way to connect with friends, family and people of interest. But anyone on social media these days knows it’s increasingly a divisive landscape.
Undoubtedly you’ve heard reports that hackers and even foreign governments are using social media to manipulate and attack you. You may wonder how that is possible. As an information security enthusiast I can explain – and offer some ideas for what you can do about it.
PROTECT SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT


Bots and sock puppets
Social media platforms don’t simply feed you the posts from the accounts you follow. They use algorithms to curate what you see based in part on “likes” or “votes.” A post is shown to some users, and the more those people react – positively or negatively – the more it will be highlighted to others. Sadly, lies and extreme content often garner more reactions and so spread quickly and widely.
But who is doing this “voting”? Often it’s an army of accounts, called bots, which do not correspond to real people. In fact, they’re controlled by hackers, often on the other side of the world. For example, researchers have reported that more than half of the Twitter accounts discussing COVID-19 are bots.
As a social media researcher, I’ve seen thousands of accounts with the same profile picture “like” posts in unison. I’ve seen accounts post hundreds of times per day, far more than a human being could. I’ve seen an account claiming to be an “All-American patriotic army wife” from Florida post obsessively about immigrants in English, but whose account history showed it used to post in Ukranian.
Fake accounts like this are called “sock puppets” – suggesting a hidden hand speaking through another identity. In many cases, this deception can easily be revealed with a look at the account history. But in some cases, there is a big investment in making sock puppet accounts seem real.
Sowing chaos
Trolls often don’t care about the issues as much as they care about creating division and distrust. For example, researchers in 2018 concluded that some of the most influential accounts on both sides of divisive issues, like Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter, were controlled by troll farms.
More than just fanning disagreement, trolls want to encourage a belief that truth no longer exists. Divide and conquer. Distrust anyone who might serve as a leader or trusted voice. Cut off the head. Demoralize. Confuse. Each of these is a devastating attack strategy.
Taking control
So what can you do about it? You probably already know to check the sources and dates of what you read and forward, but common-sense media literacy advice is not enough.
First, use social media more deliberately. Choose to catch up with someone in particular, rather than consuming only the default feed. You might be amazed to see what you’ve been missing. Help your friends and family find your posts by using features like pinning key messages to the top of your feed.
Second, pressure social media platforms to remove accounts with clear signs of automation. Ask for more controls to manage what you see and which posts are amplified. Ask for more transparency in how posts are promoted and who is placing ads. For example, complain directly about the Facebook news feed here or tell legislators about your concerns.
Third, be aware of the trolls’ favorite issues and be skeptical of them. They may be most interested in creating chaos, but they also show clear preferences on some issues. For example, trolls want to reopen economies quickly without real management to flatten the COVID-19 curve. They also clearly supported one of the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates over the other. It’s worth asking yourself how these positions might be good for Russian trolls, but bad for you and your family.



Because of the multi-purpose aspect of social media platforms, they become valuable tools that the average person spends approximately 100 minutes on every day, according to a recent study. Because they are such omnipresent platforms, and being linked to an increasing number of applications on smartphones and other devices, it becomes even more necessary to secure them.

Users can save themselves from all these things by taking care of few things.

Create strong password
It is very important to protect yourself while using any social media platform. For this, first create a strong and different password. This is such a thing, without which you cannot open your account. For this reason, create a password that is difficult for the hacker to think and cannot easily break it. This will keep your social media account safe and no personal information will be able to go out. Also for the sake of protection please activate multi-factor authentication password while logging into the social media account.

Take care of privacy
Have you ever noticed that whoever is watching what you are sharing on social media?
If you do not want everyone to see the photos, files and other things you have shared, then take care of the privacy settings. While creating an account, first make the settings related to privacy so that your things do not fall into the wrong hands.


Report offensive post
Many times we see many such posts on social media which do not look right, but in spite of this we ignore them. This is our biggest mistake. You should report such posts immediately. It will be beneficial for you as well as the rest of the people. By doing this you can secure multiple people at once. In addition, you can also report fake IDs.

Do not use third party app
Many applications, software, and websites etc. give you the option to login with a social media account. You must have thought many times to press the button of Login with Facebook, but it can become a big problem for you. To avoid this, tap on the app and website in the settings and see all the apps and websites associated with the ID, immediately remove what you don't feel safe.

Conclusion

This article is drafted to explore the privacy and security issues that affect social media accounts. The topics covered herein reveals that users of social media post personal information, which can be used by malicious criminals and businesses to compromise the privacy and security of individuals in the real world. It has been noted that people post personal information because they have a false sense of security while using social media.
Irrespective of  the fact that there are laws and policies that seek to protect users’ information from such vices, individuals should exercise caution and filter information that they publish on social media, because it becomes public as soon as it is posted. So prior to posting any personal information in social media account please judge the personal contents you are willing to publish.


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