Best practices for maintaining social media security

Since over 6 million Linkedin passwords were, reportedly, posted to a hacker site on Wednesday, I felt it would be helpful to compile a list of best practices to help you maintain your privacy and security online.

1. First of all, DO NOT use the same password for all accounts. This just makes things a lot easier for hackers because they can now access all of your accounts.

2. Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation.

3. Don’t use your name, company name, or the name of a child or pet. Use a combination of characters with no personal connection.

4. The lengthier the password, the harder it will be to figure out and/or copy.

5. Don’t click on links within emails or ads that ask you to log in to your account. Access websites from your bookmarks, Google search, or by typing the url into the address bar.

6. Change passwords often, at least every 3 months.

7. Finally, never give out your password or write it down. This may be difficult for some, especially if you have a different password for each social network. You could try using a password manager on your smartphone. Some companies also make electronic password managers that you keep around your neck or on your key chain. Be careful with these as well – keep them in a safe place.

Can you think of any other ways to protect your password? Please share – I’d love to hear it.


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  1. [...] Password protect your phone. Having your personal information exposed could be as simple as losing your phone and/or having it stolen. This is not a sure fire way to keep thieves from viewing your data, but at least make them work for it. [...]

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