What Is Social Media Malware and How To Protect Yourself
By Alex Neil Posted Feb 05, 2016 in Social Media Marketing
In the past decade, people have been inclining more and more towards the latest technology and internet. As a result, social media has become extremely popular and most of the people all over the world are either on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Google+, Snapchat or some other network which lets them interact with other people over the internet.
The bad news is, the hackers and cyber-attackers also know that the best place for them to hijack people’s personal information is social media platforms. Hence, the ever increasing social media malware.
What is Social Media Malware:
Malware is any program or application that may cause harm to your computer and may track your activities on your electronic device. Social media malware, as you can understand, is spread exclusively via social media platforms or applications. These may steal your passwords of your different profiles, cause you to click on links that lead to malicious websites that may harm your computer or do something without even you noticing that something bad has happened.
How To Protect Yourself?
While social media malware sounds intimidating and frightening, there are ways to protect yourself from it. If you follow the tips below, you will reduce the risk of being the victim of such cyber-attack.
First of all, check that all of your passwords are strong, meaning that they have at least one capital letter, 2-3 digits, some special characters and it is not something that can be easily guessed like your birthday or your spouse’s name etc. Do not use the same password for every platform profile.
Now that you have a strong password, be sure to change it as often as you can. My recommendation is once a month. Do not use the same password for more than three months.
On many websites, for example torrents websites, there are ads on the side, top or bottom of the page that have enticing captions that force you to click on them out of curiosity. Those are the worst. You know you are clicking on something that may contain malware, yet you do it. Even I am guilty of doing that a time or two.
Well, if you want to protect yourself, stop clicking on such ads. Think twice before you click on anything on the internet nowadays. Even stuff shared by your friends or family over the internet is not safe because you never know if their accounts have been hacked or not. Just be careful.
Don’t share everything with public. The more information you share about yourself to the public, the more there is risk of you being target of cyber-attacks. Limit your privacy to your friends and family to be on the safe side. Avoid sharing your personal details to public as much as possible.
Invest in some good anti-virus program like McAfee or some other software like that and install it on your computer. It will clean any malware that happens to avoid your notice and enter your PC. It will save you a lot of trouble and protect you from unwanted nuisances.
Whenever you put yourself on the internet, you are at risk. But it doesn’t mean that you stop using internet or social media. If you utilize the tips mentioned above, the risk of you encountering malware is very low. Also, all of the above tips are valid for your mobile phones and tablets as well because they are at as much risk of these attacks as your PC. Any device that can access the internet is bound to be at risk. So use the above tips and you will be safer when using internet.