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Best Practices for Social Media Usage

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Social media is deeply ingrained in our lives - whether it’s for personal usages like Instagram or TikTok or for professional purposes like LinkedIn.

Losing access to a social media account due to a cyber-attack may bring multiple problems to deal with.

For example, if an individual loses their account access to an attack, the hacker could then send out phishing links to coworkers or extort the company’s information from coworkers. This shows how easy it would be for a threat actor to inflict damage on an organization by hacking an employee’s social media accounts.
To mitigate the risks, key security practices can be adapted for social media that would bolster the general security of an individual and the employer. Such practices include:

Setting strong passwords for social media accounts and corporate accounts:

Using multi-factor authentication (MFA)
Opting for MFA means that you would need access to your phone or email address before logging into your accounts. This makes it significantly harder for threat actors to steal access

Being cautious on social media platforms
Exercise basic caution and in case of links or messages that seem suspicious, either ignore them or report them to the platform. Even a trusted coworker could have been hacked and links from them could be part of a phishing attack.

Never post sensitive information about your work online
Details around how the internal systems or credentials to access any or a set of systems shouldn’t be posted online or even kept in private messages. In the event of a data breach, such information can potentially land with the hackers who may try to breach the system

Review your privacy and security settings regularly
Social media companies release updates to their apps and websites regularly and the privacy and security settings may get more features and changes. Review these settings regularly to ensure that you’re protected from any security vulnerability

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Srividhya Karthik

Srividhya Karthik is a seasoned content marketer and the Head of Marketing at Cyber Sierra. With a firm belief in the power of storytelling, she brings years of experience to create engaging narratives that captivate audiences. She also brings valuable insights from her work in the field of cybersecurity and compliance, possessing a deep understanding of the challenges and pain points faced by customers in these domains.

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