A news article from our local Colorado Springs news stations (thanks to KKTV and the Gazette) highlights the need for us to be “always vigilant” (Semper vigilantes!) when it comes to our social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, You Tube and Linked In. As business owners, protecting these sites means protecting your public image.
Improve Your Security Prevent Social Media Spambot Attacks
Here are some ideas on how to prevent unfortunate incidents like this one for Academy District 20:
- Change your passwords on all your social media sites at least every two months. It’s a pain, but just do it!
- Use challenging passwords, not your Mom’s middle name!
- Check your social media sites regularly–especially the ones you don’t post to often. If it’s been a while since you had a Tweet, maybe you should get rid of the account.
- Act quickly if you suspect something is wrong–just as Academy District 20 did. Immediately change the password and contact the social media company for assistance in locking out the account at least temporarily.
- Some social media sites like Linked In have a “two factor authentication” feature under privacy or security settings. When you set this up you will get a text message every time you log into your social media site. This is a very powerful tool in ensuring “spambots” don’t take over your account