We all know someone or even have experienced the inconvenience and embarrassment of having our social media profiles hacked. Often times, these hackers will post malicious viruses, pornography and other forms of spam from your social media profiles. Private Investigator Brian Willingham offers some simple tips to prevent these types of events from happening to you.
1Check your privacy settings on your social networks (Insiders Tip: Your privacy settings on Facebook are only as good as your friends).
2Don’t re-use usernames on the web. That means don’t have the same username and passwords for every social media account.
5Never reuse your main email password on other websites.
6Change your password. Now! (And change it regularly.)
8Use two-step authentication wherever and whenever you can.
9Review your credit report regularly.
10Place a security freeze on your credit.
11Set up a lock-screen pattern, pin or password on your mobile devices.
12Shred everything that is not junk mail. Everything! (I use the Fellowes Powershred 99Ci)
13Use a VPN!
14Don’t ever give away your personal information (Social Security number, banking information, etc.) to people who contact you out of the blue.
15Watch what you click, especially those salacious links (and learn how to spot aphishing or spoofing email).
16Use anti-virus protection.
17If you insist on signing up for that “free giveaway,” use a disposable email address.
18Sign up for the “Do Not Call” list to stop telemarketers.
19Always be skeptical about everyone and everything, even emails from your “friend” who is stuck in the airport in Ghana and needs money.
20Don’t give in to pressure tactics, even if it’s for some sort of donation for a “disaster relief.”
21Keep up with the latest scams and urban legends.
22Don’t buy products or services from shady websites.
23Do your homework (there is this handy website called Google!). Make sure the people and companies you are dealing with are 100% legitimate.