This is how you prevent your account from being hacked

If you are on social media, you run the risk of being hacked. So that you can avoid this, we have collected 6 tips for you and explain how you can protect your accounts from hacker attacks.

Many of us spend a lot of time on social media – be it for professional reasons or in our free time. We also share a lot of information in our accounts. The absolute nightmare scenario? Someone hacked your account and suddenly friends were invited to strange events or there was a lack of funds from the account. In this article, we will explain to you how you can avoid this and make your accounts hacker-proof.

6 tips for hacker-proof accounts

There are a few things you can do to make it as difficult as possible for hackers to take over your accounts.

1. Use different passwords

It shouldn’t really need to be said anymore, but the first rule is that you need different passwords for different accounts. The reason for this is that, in the event of an emergency, not all accounts are at risk. That would be the case, for example, if there was a data break and your password appeared on a list on the Internet. If you use this password for all services, you don’t have to be a hacker to log in everywhere. By the way, passwords like “1234” or “secret” are just as dangerous as just a password. The most popular and therefore frequently used passwords can be cracked by hackers in a few seconds.

2. Use a password manager

The reason why many users use the same password for all accounts is that it is difficult to remember 50 different passwords. Password managers help here. These save the login information in an encrypted database. With a master password that is as complex as possible, the password manager retrieves the correct log-in data for you. So you only have to remember the one long password.

3. Activate two-factor authentication

To be on the safe side, it is also advisable to set up two-factor authentication. The first security step is still entering the password. But instead of being logged in directly, you will also be asked to enter a security code, which you will receive, for example, by SMS or to confirm your log-in in an email. There are several models here, from which you can choose the one that is most practical for you.

4. Check contact requests and block fake accounts

If you have a public account on social media, chances are you will be followed by some bots. These can also include so-called bad bots that collect personal information about you. This could include financial information. Here it is advisable to either approve all follower requests manually or to clean up the follower list on a regular basis. Accounts that have only posted one or no picture, follow many accounts and have hardly any followers themselves should be viewed critically. Usually you can quickly see whether it is a user who does not like to post or a bot. You can then block this. You will lose a few followers, but since these accounts do not interact with your content anyway, your engagement rate could increase, which is now considered higher anyway.

5. Recognize social phishing

Social phishing is a nasty method used by hackers to get your data. A message will be displayed or landed in your mailbox, asking you to log in to a website with your log-in data from Facebook, Instagram and so on. These can look deceptively real, but in principle you should become suspicious when “Instagram” sends you a message and asks you to enter your data on an external website.

6. Check whether you have been in a data breach

If you have now become aware and want to better protect your accounts from hacker attacks in the future, you should start by making sure that your password has not already been leaked during a data break. Mozilla Firefox, for example, offers a service for this, but Google or the site will also check for you whether your data has ever been leaked. If this is the case, you should change your passwords and install a password manager at the same time and activate two-step authentication.

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