Ryan Holmes, the founder of Hootsuite, has recently sent a message to his twitter followers.
“Hey, it’s OurMine Team, we are just testing your security, please send us a message.”
The only problem is: Ryan did not actually send this message.
His Twitter account got hacked.
“Here’s where I got tripped up. The hackers who breached my account actually gained entry through a completely different app that I hadn’t used in years.” said Ryan.
Ev Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, had fallen victim to the same hackers. And not long before that, Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were compromised as well.
The lessons learned are:
Don’t install any unfamiliar apps
This goes without saying. Flashlight apps are known to have most malware, but, any app that has an unknown publisher can potentially be harmful to your privacy.
Stick to known apps.
Revoke excessive permissions from all of your phone apps
Take the time to go over all of your apps and decide if each app really needs the permission it has.
You can easily remove excessive permissions using your phone’s security settings.
Remove apps you do not use from your social media accounts
Log into you social accounts and navigate to the apps tab.
You might be surprised to how may old apps you authorized in the past and are still there.
Now is the time to “clean house” and remove any apps you no longer use.
Use two-factor authentication for everything
Two-factor authentication (also known as 2FA) is a method of confirming a user’s claimed identity by utilizing a combination of two different components. Two-factor authentication is a type of multi-factor authentication.
Make sure this is enabled for all of your accounts.
This usually entails confirming a phone number and an email address.
Following the simple rules mentioned above will help protect your social media as well as any sensitive information.