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How to make the social media accounts safe from hacking?
Hi,

I run an electronic store. I maintain accounts on all social media sites like Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. I read about social media sites being hacked. When I searched online for some measures to protect the accounts, I came across a blog about password safety. https://www.campisilaw.ca/blog/password-safe-might-vulnerable-think/

They have given a " trick to come up with a great, yet easy to remember, password: take a memorable sentence and base your password on the first letter of each word."

But, they say it can only make it difficult for the hackers but not completely safe. I am concerned about it. I would like to know what measures can be done other than this tricks to protect my social media accounts.

Please, advice.
Brad4333

1 Posts
Use 2 factor authentication where possible
Use a password manager so you can generate long. complex, strings of random characters
Change the passwords often

Aside from that monitor the accounts for unusual activity.
PW

63 Posts
Try to use two-factor authentication for the accounts that support it. In some cases (e.g. Facebook), you can set it up that they will send you an email and/or SMS message whenever someone logs into your account from a new device. The idea of passphrases works well too. Also: Make sure that you use a different password for each account. I highly recommend a "Password Safe" tool to help you remember the different passwords. These tools can also come up with random passwords for each account. Examples are Lastpass, 1Password, Dashlane, Keepass. Johannes

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ISC Handler
You have to follow few thing to safe social accounts from hacking

1.Install antivirus software
2. Use strong passwords
3. Enable two-factor authentication
4. Move passwords to a management program
5. Action your account with your phone number.
Anonymous

Hi! You can use very complicated password and don't need to remember it. I'm using Last Pass to storage all my passwords.It's safe and free. Anonymous

Two-step verification can be considered but this feature is not available on all social networking platforms. It is always better to change the password periodically. Priti

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Quoting Anonymous:You have to follow few thing to safe social accounts from hacking

1.Install antivirus software
2. Use strong passwords
3. Enable two-factor authentication
4. Move passwords to a management program
5. Action your account with your phone number.

Very Good points.
Gill

1 Posts
Quoting Brad4333:Hi,

I run an electronic store. I maintain accounts on all social media sites like Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. I read about social media sites being hacked. When I searched online for some measures to protect the accounts, I came across a blog about password safety. https://www.campisilaw.ca/blog/password-safe-might-vulnerable-think/

They have given a " trick to come up with a great, yet easy to remember, password: take a memorable sentence and base your password on the first letter of each word."

But, they say it can only make it difficult for the hackers but not completely safe. I am concerned about it. I would like to know what measures can be done other than this tricks to protect my social media accounts.

Please, advice.

Use a password manager so you can generate long. complex, strings of random characters
Change the passwords often
BTS

2 Posts
Great information. Anonymous

Thanks you so much, Great information. Anonymous

Try to change the password regularly so that no one can get hold on to your account easily. furnishloans

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Furnishloans' advice is possible the best one out of the whole bunch. Everyone should also have unique passwords for everything. Never use the same password twice. Anonymous

Quoting Johannes:Try to use two-factor authentication for the accounts that support it. In some cases (e.g. Facebook), you can set it up that they will send you an email and/or SMS message whenever someone logs into your account from a new device. The idea of passphrases works well too. [url=https://www.vacancies.ae/]Find Jobs in UAE[/url] Also: Make sure that you use a different password for each account. I highly recommend a "Password Safe" tool to help you remember the different passwords. These tools can also come up with random passwords for each account. Examples are Lastpass, 1Password, Dashlane, Keepass.


also, keep updating passwords regularly after some time.
Anonymous

put them on double verification. Anonymous

I use mobile SMS verification. Every time a login happens it ask for my mobile number to allow access katebrooks

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Remember to also base your security and password Q&A resets to the exact opposite of your real life answers. Many clever hackers can easily figure out where you were born, went to high school or name of your dog to access your account. Some of my more important profiles have nonsensical answers and jibberish that no one could guess and I can barely remember myself. FDR1984

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Change passwords between 1-2 months regularly, follow security steps of every social media websites. Anonymous

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