One of the most common cybercrimes these days is social media hacking. People use these platforms daily to chat and shop, without thinking that they are exposing sensitive information about themselves. Personal details, such as date of birth, home address, place of residence, credit card details, and photos are right there, ripe for the taking!
By getting into any of these online accounts, hackers can post using your profile, assume your identity, spend your money, or blackmail you. If cybercriminals succeed in breaching your social media pages, they can wreak havoc on your online profiles, financial status, and, ultimately, drive you bonkers!
Luckily, we have the tips on what to do if you notice any suspicious activity on your social accounts!
Check Your Account Information
Log in to your profile and see who has access to it. Remove any email addresses that aren’t yours. Also, make sure to delete any unknown phone numbers. By restricting access in this way, you prevent hackers from messing with your login details.
Change Your Passwords and Enable 2FA
Next, make sure to change all your passwords to make them stronger, and don’t forget to use a different one for each of your profiles.
What’s more, enable the two-factor authentication (2FA). Apart from protecting your profile with passwords, this system will require one more step before it identifies you. For instance, it can ask for a PIN, your fingerprint, or ask a security question. Therefore, 2FA will give you more peace of mind by making your accounts harder to breach.
Revoke Permissions of Unused External Apps
The chances are that you are not even aware of how many different apps you are using through your social accounts. Whenever you log in to another app or site through Facebook, for example, you share your information. That makes your profiles vulnerable because when one gets hacked, the others are exposed too.
Therefore, take a careful look at your account permissions. If there are any apps you no longer use, make sure to restrict their access. Here is where you can find those details on major social networking sites:
Get Added Protection With a Reliable Antivirus
Another sound choice is to get a reliable antivirus program such as Kaspersky, Avast, Norton, or Bitdefender to keep your online profiles secure. Not only will they warn you about suspicious websites, but it also stops malware from getting into your system.
If you think that your social media account is compromised, use your antivirus program to scan it for viruses and get rid of any malicious software. That way, you will hinder any hacker attempts at spying on your activity or stealing your sensitive information.
Check Your Social Media Recommendations
Social media platforms have useful pages with recommendations on what to do in these unfortunate situations. Thus, make sure to check out what they suggest you do to keep your profiles protected. We recommend you start here:
- Facebook’s Hacked and Fake Accounts page
- Instagram’s Hacked Account page
- Twitter’s Hacked Account Help page
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