Social Media Security
This eye-opening journey will take you into the heart of social media platforms and show you how they work. Get practical advice and tips on security in social networking.
Social Media Adoption brings new risks
Table of Contents
Each industry is subject to unique risks, many of which have placed them in the news or at the center for controversy. Social media has created a new security paradigm that places users (employees and customers) squarely in the crosshairs of attackers. Social media has emerged as the new cyber battlefield, posing one of the most significant and dynamic threats to organizational security in decades.
Social media scale
Social media’s public nature makes it easily accessible to both everyday users and attackers. Security teams find it difficult to manage risks manually due to the sheer volume of content.
Trust in social media is an inherent part of the human condition
Social media was created to connect and share. Once an attacker has gained access to one of their target’s social networks, it is easier to convince them to click on a malicious file or link.
Social Media Security is quickly becoming a critical issue for both individuals and businesses. Social networking is now a primary method of communication, unlike a few years back. The channel is preferred by both large corporations and individuals for many reasons. Most common reasons are the ability to connect with millions of people at once, as well as the possibility to share all types of media. These include voice and video calls, pictures, videos, and text messages.
Social media is a popular medium, but security risks are present due to the increasing sophistication and number of hackers. Security threats are rampant and social media users must be aware of the best practices to protect their accounts.
Social Media Security Tips for Individual Users
1. Keep an eye on your inbox
Hackers have been using email messages for phishing attacks for many years. These attacks are where cyber adversaries use different techniques to trick victims into installing malware and divulging confidential information. These methods may include appealing to victims’ interests. Hackers have made it easier to launch phishing attacks through social media. They can easily create convincing messages to trick victims into clicking malicious links or downloading malware attachments by looking at their profile. Monitor the inbox for any attachments, links or messages. Phishing attacks are often sent by unknown individuals and request personal information.
2. Utilize password protection
A unique username and password are required when creating a social media account. Password protection is one of the most effective ways to keep a social media account safe. To gain access to social media platforms, users must create a password. However, creating a unique password is not the same as following best password security practices. Strong passwords are a good practice to improve password security. Strong passwords can stop a brute force attack. It is important to change your password regularly to reduce the chance of it being compromised. It is important to log out of any social media account that has been accessed via another person’s device. Most browsers and applications have passwords that allow anyone to sign in.
3. Use multi-factor authentication
Many social media platforms offer multi-factor and two-factor authentication. These add security to password protection. To enable multi-factor authentication, a user must provide a valid password and a se