Recently, we’ve been receiving more and more spam messages on Twitter. Some of the best ones are calls to action, or question our wild behaviors that have been caught on camera.
If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, there is a good chance you’ve received a similar message from a friend. And if it comes from a friend, it’s OK to open…right? Well, not exactly. We’d all like to trust our friends and followers on social media; unfortunately, we can’t trust that they haven’t fallen victim to spammers. That is, unless they read this blog.
Receiving a spam message on your timeline or to your inbox from a friend or trusted source is usually caused by that person having clicked on unknown links, having unsecured passwords, etc.
Well, enough is enough! Here are a few tips we’ve collected directly from Facebook and Twitter to help keep your social media account secure:
- Pick a strong password. Use a combination of numbers, letters and punctuation marks (!, $, &). If you fall victim to a spambot (A spambot is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam), change your password immediately.
- Make sure your email account(s) are secure.
- Be sure to log in directly from Facebook.com and Twitter.com. Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving up your username and password, usually so they can send out spam to all your friends and followers from your account. Often, they’ll try to trick you with a link that goes to a fake login page.
- Log out when you use a computer or device you share with other people.
- Don’t give your username and password out to untrusted third-parties, especially those promising to get you followers or make you money.
- Understand your privacy settings. Visit the Privacy section of any social media site and review all content pertaining to your account, including third-party Applications (games, tools, etc.). When agreeing to the terms of any game on Facebook, understand that you are giving a third-party developer access to your account, its content and the ability to post updates on your behalf. Is maintaining a fake farm really worth it?
- Run anti-virus software on your computer:
- Add a security question to your account. (learn how for Facebook)
- Think before you click or download anything! If you receive a message asking “Precisely what could you be doing in this video,” contact the person to verify the contents of the message and attached links.
Use these tips and keep your accounts secure. After all, no one wants to be “that friend” who can’t be trusted online. For additional security features, visit the help section of any social media site or email address host.
Share this with your friends! We promise it’s secure 😉 And for ongoing discussions, tips and more, follow us on Twitter @NewNineMedia.