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How to Secure Your Social Media Accounts

Secure Social Media
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Many of you are already reading stories about phishes, online scams, and customer data breaches on Ethical Hackers Club. Social media has been a favorite choice for attackers to collect data to answer your password recovery questions and to send phishing attacks and scams or to create a nuisance. Many of us have questioned me on the ways to secure their social media accounts as much as possible, but Oftentimes there is no simple button to click and activate common security measures, which makes users ignore their privacy and security measures completely.  So let’s dive first into menus, buttons, and check boxes and see how we can be a little safer while accepting to share information online.

Twitter:

Twitter Security
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  1. Click your profile icon in the upper right corner of the screen and click on “Settings”.
  2. In the left sidebar that appears, click on “Privacy and Safety”. Now Scroll down to “Direct Messages”, and make sure “Receive Direct Messages from anyone” is unchecked.
  3. Under “Tweet Privacy,” check in “protect my tweets” will make everything you post invisible to people who don’t follow you. Further, you will be able to approve new followers on a case by case basis. If you work in advertising, this is not a great setting to have checked. But for the rest of us, it’s probably worth considering.


LinkedIn:

1. Click the “Me i.e Your Picture” button in the top right of the screen, and under   “Account,” choose “Privacy and settings”.


LinkedIn Security
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2. Now, click “Privacy Tab” towards the top-center of the screen. The most important setting here is to check “Edit your Public Profile.” What this actually means is “Decide if search engines are allowed to index my information and display it when someone searches my name.”


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Instagram:

Instagram has no options for PC and Laptop users so I would suggest you to follow steps from your smartphone. 

1. Tap your profile icon in the bottom right-hand corner.
2. Click the “Settings” icon in the top right-hand corner.

3.  Scroll to the bottom and slide the “Private Account” button on. This will make all your photos within the app private, and prompt you to approve new followers individually. However, people can still send a photo directly to you even if they’re not following you.


While I've seen many idiots in India Speaking Stop Using That, Stop Using That, Ethical Hackers Club believes in true education and in explaining the proper use. We at Ethical Hackers Club know Quitting social media is never a choice for anyone. So it’s important to take a moment to check out account settings and to make proper changes to default setting to stay secure with your privacy. 

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