You may have heard that 117 million LinkedIn user credentials are up for grabs on the Dark Web for just five bitcoins, or about $2,200. As this most recent attack emphasized, the social media hack is a popular option for cyber criminals.
Here are the certain measures to prevent your social networking account from getting hacked by the cybercriminals-
1. When you receive a message from someone you know just stop and think:
Does this person normally message me? If it’s someone you’ve never heard from or haven’t heard from in a while, reply back with a “Hey, did you mean to send this to me?” first before you click on anything.
2. “Edit” the message-
Just go through the message what he has said and just think of his accent of talking if the accent does not match then conclude that he is someone else and is trying to hack the account.
3. Change your password regularly and always make strong passwords-
Changing password provides variation to your social networking account and help you keep yourself not getting hacked by someone and never make the same password for all your social networking account.
4. Check your applications-
Chances are, your social media accounts have apps that you’ve picked up in your Internet travels. Make sure all of your passwords for apps are changed — particularly for Twitter. Delete any apps you don’t recognize or no longer use.
5. Don’t click on the links from unknown sources-
It’s getting very trendy for the facebook people using fun apps and other unknown sources links for no purpose. Mention one thing that clicking these links will share your account information with other client whom you don’t know.
6. Go through your activity log-
Always see your own activity log it is something seeing your own activity on social networking sites when you log
in because it will make understand that the activity pursued through your account was done by you if there is some other activity that you don’t recognise just report it to your social networking account i.e. facebook, Gmail, twitter, instagram and linkedin etc.
7. Always attach your phone no. with your account-
Linking phone no. with your account will notify you about every change that has been made to your account.
8. Always complete all the verification steps-
Verification steps are the private information about your account just like having an alternate Gmail account for the same Gmail account that you use.