Securing Your Social Media Account

Securing social media accounts and concerns around security

The online community is not limited in its daily dose of surprises. Equitably compared to any other real community, it has become one of the most used methods association between members of either the same or even different civilization.

The ease by which one could be able to cross the borders, regions and territories within minutes, form a bond and even feel as part of a different population is undoubtedly the greatest magic ever witnessed since the new millennium. After all its a deal too good to be true. Truth be told, most of us do not care how Facebook or Twitter or Linkedin or the other social sites are made. Like hell we are not concerned to know what makes communication between the multiverse so simple.

In fact, if one could mention to you the technologies behind Facebook some as simple as user sessions or the investment in multi-billion dollars it has received to secure the user information or even the revenue generated by Facebook, it would be a lot of algebra. You’ll be like…”Yoo bro, can’t you see this is the only shit that is free!?”.

Well all the social media avenues invests heavily to provide security for the user data under its custody. These information sets include emails, phone numbers, passwords and any private information you provide. More information on how your user information is protected on social media can be found under the privacy policy, a key component for each and every website you visit, not limited to social media.

The most vital concern then is the different strategies a user practices to secure personal information, essentially the username and password as you journey across the different online arenas. Here ate 2 simple ways to keep your user information secure.

1. Never Remember on public computers

On a public computer like those in cafes, this act of remembering passwords can be compared to a fish eating a hook without a bait.

Whenever you log into a new user account on any browser, it will technically ask you whether you are interested to make it ‘remember’ you next time you visit the website. Well, since you have multiple accounts, probably more than 20…this is a very interesting feature since the browser will log you in seamlessly without asking for the password. This is code red when it is on a public computer. Even though you will logout at the end of the session, the browser had initially stored your information, both the username and password.

There are two case scenarios by which one can log into your account.
The first approach is to start typing the username, then press TAB to let the browser autocomplete your username and password.
The second form is to get your password from the browser cookie history. Well, your username and raw password. No one wishes this even on their worst enemy.

2. Browser Incognito mode

One of the greatest features that is unrivalled when it comes to protecting user data in public computers is the private browsing feature also known as the “incognito mode” in some browsers. Just as its name suggests, incognito mode allows the user to browse the internet without leaving tracks.

The browser does not save user searches, history, cookies and temporary files and most of the websites resources are not cached (stored locally). During the normal browsing, these data remains available.

So the next time you’re online…like now, instead of deleting all the browser history after this session or clearing the browser cache, just turn to the incognito mode. For example, on Mozilla Firefox, hit Ctrl + Shift + P. The session data becomes unavailable after you close the tab or window preventing tracking to any information you might have been accessing on the internet.

To note nonetheless is that private browsing does not make you anonymous from the internet service provider, your employer(if you are using a work computer) and the websites you visit.

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