To secure your social media accounts, you need to set up your accounts accordingly. Hackers hunt daily, to hack user’s account online. As you read below, you will discover how to protect WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter account from hackers without much stress.
To protect your accounts, you need to set up 2-factor authentication, add recovery email, or phone number, and also, watch out for phishing. When you set up two-steps verification, you will require a PIN sent to your email or phone number before you can proceed to log in (with a new device).
How hackers penetrate into users account
- OTP (One Time PIN).
- Data collection.
With phishing, hackers will lure you with a look-alike link. If you fall for it, you might lose your account. How does phishing hack works? Phishing hack is a method where the hacker creates a website that is similar to the account he/she want to hack.
Example: Original link is ‘Facebook.com’ Phishing link can be ‘Facebookk.com’. You will notice that the phishing link has double ‘k’ in the spelling. The view of the fake site will also, be similar to that of the original. With this, if you’re not careful enough, you might fall for their traps.
How to avoid phishing hackers.
- Download the official application of the social account.
- When you click a link sent to you, and it prompts you to enter your username and password, kindly ignore.
- Do not click on links sent by anonymous users.
- Check the site link before you proceed to enter your details.
- Download applications from trusted online stores.
This is an application that monitors your device. Once a hacker have access to your device, he/she may install a keylogger application, and can be able to track your phone details.
If the keylogger application is in your device, the hacker will be able to see your username and password when you type them.
How to prevent keylogger hackers
Be able to identify and know the applications you make use of.
Don’t freely give out your device when you’re not present, to someone you are not familiar with.
OTP (One Time PIN)
Thai is a verification code sent to users, to verify certain activities. The ‘One Time PIN‘ can be 4, 5, 5 or more digits. One Time PIN (OTP) can be used to reset, confirm, or change your password when requested.
How to protect your OTP (One Time PIN)
To protect your One Time PIN (OTP), do not disclose the pin to anybody.
Always lock your phone inbox.
Delete the PIN if you do not request for it.
To explain this in a simple way, sites may collect your data whenever you visit. To be on the safe side, do not enter your credit card details, or password in a website that is not secured (sites that doesn’t have HTTPS).
Having different passwords helps a lot. You can decide to use a password for social media accounts, one for business accounts, and another for forums. Just don’t use the same password on different sites.
How to protect your WhatsApp account from hackers
To secure your WhatsApp account, set up a 2-factor authentication. To do this,
- Open your WhatsApp application
Click on the three dots at the top, and go to settings.
- Select account.
- Proceed to click on ‘Two-step verification‘.
- Confirm your number to complete the set-up.
How to protect your Facebook account from hackers
You need to also, set up a two-step verification. To do that,
- Open the Facebook app, and log in.
Go to settings.
- Then, go to ‘Password and security‘.
- Select ‘Use two-factor authentication.
- In addition, select ‘Text message (SMS)‘, and enter your phone number.
- Finally, enter the PIN sent to your phone number to complete set up.
How to protect your Twitter account from hackers
To protect your Twitter account from hackers,
- Log in to your Twitter account.
- Navigate to ‘Setting and privacy‘.
- Select ‘Account‘.
- Click on ‘Security‘.
- Next, select ‘Two-factor authentication‘.
- Finally, select either Text message, authentication app or security key. (I recommend you set Text message).
After confirmation of your phone number, a code will be sent you to anytime you log in with a new, or unrecognized device. This is to confirm that you’re the one signing in at that moment.
If you didn’t request for the code, kindly change your password.