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5 ways to keep your social media accounts safe

Nowadays, everything is done online and most of us are active on social media. But how safe are your social media accounts? Unfortunately, there’s a lot that can go wrong- you can get hacked, your personal information can be stolen, etc. That’s why we’ve put together 5 ways you can keep your social media accounts safe.

Choose strong passwords
Yes, passwords are frustrating but they’re there to keep our accounts safe. It’s easy to just think of a simple password for convenience, but that isn’t safe and can be easily hacked. Choose a strong password that won’t be easy to guess and use a different one for each of your accounts.

Opt for two-factor authentication
Opting for two-factor authentication ensures that your accounts are double secured. This is because whenever you or someone else logs into your accounts from a different device, location, or browser, you’ll be sent a notification or code that you’ll need to enter before logging in.

Don’t share personal information
Things like your physical address, email address, phone number, and ID number need to be hidden from your profile or not shared at all. Strangers don’t need to know your personal information. There are a lot of dodgy people looking to use such details for their own selfish reasons.

Verify friend requests and block fake accounts
Don’t just accept every friend request- check and verify pending requests to see if they’re legitimate. If you suspect that a fake account is trying to be friends with you, block them immediately.

You don’t need to accept friend requests just for the sake of it or to increase your following because some people are there to prey on young social media users. Read this article to learn the signs of an online predator.

Update your browser
Always use the latest version of your browser, as an older version will be easier for hackers to hack. Whenever you get a notification of an update, click “update” so that you don’t put your accounts at risk. Never save your passwords to the browser in case it gets compromised- rather, opt to input your password each time.

Predators and hackers are always looking for new ways to attack online, so make sure that you’re doing all that you can to keep safe. Remember to never click on any suspicious links and if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Stay safe!

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