How To Protect Your Social Media Accounts

According to a recent article in the National Post, a very unusual tweet went out from Mr. Donald Trump’s verified account Thursday Afternoon:

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Did you recognize the lyrics of the wildly popular will.i.am hit Scream & Shout that quotes Lil Wayne? If you don’t follow Donald’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, he likes to tweet about himself and his successful business strategies. The tweet was retweeted over 1000 times before getting deleted.

Mr. Donald Trump (or whoever tweets for him) responded within 15 minutes saying that his account was hacked. He went on to say that his team were “looking for the perpetrators” according to Mashable. I’m not sure how they would be able to do that on their own but hey, he’s Donald Trump!

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Mr. Trump went on to say, “Twitter will soon be irrelevant if lowlifes are so easily able to hack into accounts.”:

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Although I trust Donald’s opinion when it comes to finances, I don’t think Twitter will ever become irrelevant. But I do believe this is an important reminder when it comes to protecting your social media accounts.

How to Protect Your Social Media Accounts

Passwords

Create unique passwords for each social media account and use a combination of numbers, upper and lowercase letters and symbols. I know you’ve probably used the same password a couple times. Make sure you go change them after reading this article. If you use the same password for each account, all your social media accounts are at risk as perpetrators know most people are guilty of this. A recent article in PR Daily recommends that your passwords should be between 12 – 16 characters.

Security

Don’t tell anyone the passwords to your social media accounts. If you do have to give someone access for some odd reason, change it afterwards. If you’ve hired a social media company to handle your tweets, or an employee does it for you, make sure to change your password should this arrangement change. Change it to something completely different that the previous employee won’t be able to figure out.

Email Account

Make sure that each social media account is connected to one email address that you are in control of. I would recommend using a trusted email client such as Google. I can’t tell you how many times I haven’t been able to access a client’s social media account because it was connected to a previous employee’s email. It might be tiresome to see social media notifications all day but at least you’re in control. Make it one of your 2013 social media resolutions to keep your social media accounts safe!

How do you manage the security of your social media accounts? Please let us know in the comments below.

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