The Social Media Cybersecurity Updates That You're Probably Overlooking
October 3, 2018 by Bill Rosenthal

Social media, both company profiles and employee profiles, can have a huge impact on your business as a whole. While the platforms themselves may not be actual threats, employees who ignore the rules and best practices of security while on these accounts may make it easy for cybercriminals to hack their accounts.  

With security in mind, here are five simple tips that will only take a few minutes to complete and will help improve your social media cybersecurity almost instantly.

  1. Keep track of your passwords. – There was a time where it was recommended that your passwords are simple and easy to remember, but this simply will not fly in 2018. The opposite is actually true, but thankfully there have been advances in technology that make it so that you do not even have to remember your individual passwords. With password managers, your password-protected accounts are safely stowed away under one master password. Even Apple devices  remember your passwords for you with their password manger and suggest new secure ones. The most recent update even informs you if you are as using a password too frequently.
  2. Avoid clickbait. – Although those post-lunch quizzes on Facebook sound like a fun idea, they can actually be used to gain access to your account. While they are not always aimed at stealing passwords, they are able to post on your behalf. Participating in this kind of clickbait may not seem like a work-related issue, but since most profiles include information like occupation and place of work, , having access to this information   could very easily cause problems in the future. 
  3. Do not skip 2-factor authentication or extra password protection. – There are many different 2-factor authentication options available in today’s tech landscape. From the reliable code sent to your phone or email to Apple’s advanced Touch ID and Face ID, 2-factor authentication is something that you should enable wherever possible.
  4. Try to avoid third-party applications.– Even if your social media accounts are private and “secure,” third-party apps that integrate with large social networks may allow hackers to access vulnerabilities that will get them into your account. 
  5. Train your employees to spot the warning signs. – One of the best ways to keep your business protected from social media threats is through training. Teaching them how to spot suspicious phishing links, recognize the warning signs of an impending cyberattack, and generally understand today’s threat landscape can empower them with the knowledge to help prevent a hack from ever occurring.  

In our CyberSAFE ™ course, we teach employees of any organization how to identify some of the most common risks that are associated with typical end-user technology to help protect both themselves and their company from potential risks. 

Don’t wait until your employee accidentally clicks a phishing link. Now is the time to arm every employee with the skills needed to recognize and avoid cyber threats. Contact us today for more information on this training course.