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How to Protect Your Social Accounts

How to Protect Your Social Accounts

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How to Protect Your Social Accounts

Social media is one of the fastest growing ways we choose to share our lives with family and friends. However, as these sites are all online, it’s important that we take steps to protect our personal information. There are many ways to protect what you share online including:

  • Keeping your login secure
  • Making your profile private
  • Using the security/privacy features provided
  • Choosing who you share content with

The first line of defence is your login. If it falls into the wrong hands, a would-be impersonator can post potentially relationship altering material without your permission. There are three things you need to do to minimise the potential for your login being stolen/used without your permission:

  • Never tick the ‘remember me’ or ‘keep me logged in’ options on a shared/public computer
  • Ensure that mobile devices used to access social sites via apps or browsers have; passkey, passcode, swipe-key or thumbprint security options enabled
  • Enable Two Factor Authentication

Two Factor Authentication is where you receive a code via SMS to verify your identity when logging on to your social sites. This means that someone cannot access your login without also having your mobile phone and the ability to unlock it, which significantly reduces the risk of unauthorised access.

Let’s look at how you can activate Two Factor Authentication on some of the most popular social media sites. If your preferred site is not listed then check their Knowledge Base or FAQs for details on how to enable this feature. 

Facebook

On a mobile device:

  1. Log into Facebook via a browser or using the Facebook App
  2. Tap the hamburger menu (top right in browser, bottom right in app)
  3. Scroll down to account settings, its right down the bottom
  4. Tap Security
  5. Tap or click on ‘Login Approvals’
  6. Follow the prompts to setup Two Factor Authentication

On a PC or Laptop:

  1. Log into Facebook
  2. Click https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security
  3. Tap or click on ‘Login Approvals’
  4. Follow the prompts to setup Two Factor Authentication

You may also want to consider enabling ‘Login Alerts’ also, which will email or SMS you when a login is detected from a device you have not used previously.

Twitter

On a mobile device:

  1. Install or open the Twitter App and login
  2. Tap Me at the bottom left corner of the screen
  3. Tap the Settings cog icon next to your profile picture
  4. Tap Settings
  5. Tap Account > Security
  6. Toggle Login verification
  7. Follow the prompts to setup Two Factor Authentication

On a PC or Laptop:

  1. Log into Twitter
  2. Click https://twitter.com/settings/security
  3. Check the box to enable Verify login requests
  4. Follow the prompts to setup Two Factor Authentication

If you haven’t already linked a mobile number to your account then you’ll be asked to do so during the process (via the app), or before you start (on a PC or laptop). Note that this process cannot be done via a mobile browser, you must install the app.

 

Google (including Gmail, Google Apps, Hangouts and Google+)

On a mobile device:

  1. Log into your Google Account
  2. Tap the Apps menu (3x3 tile icon on the top right)
  3. Tap My Account
  4. Tap Sign-in & Security
  5. Scroll down and tap 2-Step Verification under Password & Sign-in Method
  6. Tap Get Started
  7. Follow the prompts to setup Two Factor Authentication

On a PC or Laptop:

  1. Log into your Google Account
  2. Click http://accounts.google.com/SmsAuthConfig
  3. Click ‘Get Started’ and follow the prompts to setup Two Factor Authentication