Friday, December 2, 2016

Avoid social media shocks - Follow simple rules, says Maha Govt

Social media is becoming integral part of one's life and what you post becomes reflection of you/your organization. Unauthorized access to the social media accounts by threat actors like hackers or other adversaries, at times may result in public embarrassment, reputational damage (Personal/Organizational), Law & Order situation etc.
How to avoid Social Media Shocks!

Following is the advisory issued from the office of Sp.IGP Cyber & PAW, Brijesh Singh, IPS – Govt of Maharashtra - to help you keep your Social media account safe:

1. Enable login verification (e.g. two factor authentication). This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security immediately.

2. Use a strong password (with numbers, characters, capitals, non dictionary word) that you don’t reuse on other websites/accounts. Change your password on a periodic basis (at least once a month).

3. More the number of people having access to your company’s social accounts, greater is the chance that those accounts may be compromised. Use social media management system where you can grant your employees access to your social accounts without disclosing sensitive account information to them.

4. Use a password manager to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.

5. Social media accounts are sometimes handled by multiple users. If the feature of authorizing each post is available, enable them.

6. While using your social media accounts from public computers, do take care to log off on use. Preferably do not login from public computers (cybercafes, Airport terminals).

7. Avoid using social media accounts containing personal information from public WiFi.