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Social media can be a nightmare for quite a lot of people in many ways. It can be used to distribute all kinds of malicious contents (malicious links, malware). Personal details shared on social media can help hackers gain access to your account or find high-value targets for cybercrime, fraud or attacks. Frontpoint offers awesome monitoring packages, so a review of Frontpoint is a necessity.

Here are six unique ways you can improve your social media security policy and posture:

 

Password Hygiene

Although some of your employees may frown at it, but requiring a password change every 60 to 90 days is something you should keep doing. An occasional change of passwords can limit the chances of a hacker gaining access to your site. Analysts said that maintaining a good password history is a global best practice.

Use two-factor authentication

Social media analysts have confirmed that two-factor authentication ensures all externally accessible applications or websites are secure.

Your passwords can easily be acquired by a third party if it is related to your email address. Thus, using two-factor authentication will provide another layer of security to your account.

Identity theft is high these days; this is why you should use other measures like retinal features and facial features to safeguard your sensitive data.

Think before you share

A lot of things are happening in the digital world today. Social media remains a great platform to share memories, thus many people are tempted to share personal details beyond limits. Many of them don’t know the legal implications of their actions.

With the advent of smartphones and social media, it becomes extremely easy for most people to snap pictures and share with their contacts. Most social media addicts upload up to 500 pictures

yearly. Some people have been sued for uploading the pictures of others without their permission, thereby tampering their right to privacy and security.

Be careful who are your friends on social media, and the type of personal details you share. Before you share anyone’s pictures, make sure you get their permission. If they didn’t permit you, please make sure you don’t do so.

Update privacy settings

Some social media platforms have an option which allows you to switch your account to a private mode. Even the ones that haven’t come with the option of managing who sees your status updates, check-ins, or photos.

Update your privacy settings, so that you can decide to make your profile invisible and/ or inaccessible to third parties and search engines. You can decide to share your personal profiles only with your inner circle. You are at liberty to make your posts visible to the public, friends or keep personal details only to yourself.

If you want to hide from someone or share your information with specific people, there is an option for that. Here, you have the right to review, approve or delete posts you were tagged in and/ or remove tags from some people.

Protect your accounts beyond the site’s options

Passwords are designed to safeguard our information on social media. The best way to protect your account beyond the site’s options is by increasing your password efficiency. Create a strong password that has at least 12 characters. The shorter your passwords, the easier it would be for hackers to have access to your site.

To be on safer side, always change your passwords at least three to four times every year and/ or change them any time you feel your account may have been compromised. Try as much as possible to avoid the ‘remember password’ option on most sites. Clear your browser history where you think your passwords might have been saved. Install a firewall to protect your device from hackers or outside users.

Test security before going live

Before you go live with new applications such as software applications, standalone, mobile, web app or infrastructure, try as much as possible to ensure it is secure.

Analysts said that performing a penetration test on new environments, applications and technologies before they go live can actually save heartache, money and time. Through a penetration test, you could determine what could be attacked, how it can be done, and how to fix the issue.

 

Thanks to Matt Tricot for sharing his wisdom and expertise of social media security with us at The Life You Can Afford to Live. You can learn more about additional security measures at Home Security List. We would love to hear your input on our social media channels at Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

Is Writing Dead?

October 25, 2017 — Leave a comment

Is WritingDead?

 

Is writing dead?

It seems like a viable question when you consider the amount internet usage that is attributed to video. In addition, much more business is being discussed via text messaging which is often abbreviated, truncated and cryptic if you aren’t up on the latest vernacular!

Personally, I love the art of writing. I didn’t say I was an expert but I do love the pursuit. Ensuring that proper pronunciation and spelling are in place and technically accurate is a skill. I fear it is a skill that will diminish over time when/if we become reliant on the fast and furious pace of video and shortened messages.

Fear Filled Facts:

  • By end of 2017, online video will account for 74% of all online traffic (KPCB).
  • 4x as many customers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it (Animoto).
  • YouTube has over a billion users, almost one-third of all people on the internet (YouTube).

No Fear of Change

Please do not mistake my message for a fear of change. I love being an early adopter to technology and utilize different mediums to communicate personal and corporate messaging. So, frankly maybe its just a little bit of nostalgia or an opining for the traditional that is the source of this blog, but certainly not the fear of change.

 

Practically Speaking (or Writing)

Cursive quoteWriting has a tremendous value to the person who is a student and takes the time to put pen to paper. And yes, I do actually like pen and paper as I sit and type on my MacBook Pro😉

Writing helps the author:

 

  • Organize thoughts
  • Become a better speaker and communicator
  • Get published and recognized as an authority or subject matter expert
  • Organized thoughts and presentations helps in becoming a better sales person, trainer or educator
  • It just feels good (Personal Opinion)

 

Regardless of how the internet traffic and corporate communication plays out the choice is yours! My encouragement would be to start writing! Sharing your thoughts and best ideas whether its via journaling, blogging or letters to someone you love will make for a great and lasting legacy for future generations.

Thank you for following my writings and longings at The Life You Can Afford to Live. Please also follow the diminutive writings which occur at Twitter and Facebook. However, if you just have to watch check out My YouTube Channel:)

 

For The Record!!! I haven’t lost my mind but I have lost my car; on purpose! It’s no secret that Jackie and I have made a semi-radical shifts by moving into Midtown Atlanta from the suburbs of Johns Creek. Some of the unintended consequences of a downsized super urban lifestyle may pleasantly surprise you.

For example, the subject of this article, ditching my vehicle. An audacious move by most native Atlantan standards….. well at least for my suburban Atlantan friends. Atlanta is quite a car town; frankly a status symbol by which most cast some level of judgment upon you and your status in society.

 

Uber for productivity no name

 

For in-towners or as we say ITP (for Non-Atlantans, that means “Inside The Perimeter” which encompasses the city) not having a vehicle to maintain and pay to park is quite normal. This new Midtown lifestyle has made me want to follow suit. So, after a few weeks of experimenting, I have completely made the shift to being “car-free”. Below are some of the details about my move into this new era of a Mass-Transit/Uber combination and increased productivity.

Utilizing Mass Transit in Atlanta means using MARTA , our light rail system that operates within the Metro Area. A train station conveniently located just behind our building means being able to hop on a train and avoid traffic all the way to the perimeter of the city or slightly beyond. From there, I simply request an Uber or Lyft service to carry me through the remainder of my journeys. Have you tried Uber? Give it a try for Free by using my Invite Code: n9sns

This combination allows someone else to do the driving and navigating while I safely return calls, e-mails, texts, social media messages and more. Not to mention the absolutely freeing feeling of being unencumbered.

 

Allowing someone else to drive has literally doubled my productivity!

Time

Utilizing the travel time to enhance the service to our Drive Planning Members or Team Members is extremely valuable. Likely an hour or more is gained each day on the days that I travel to our offices located in Sandy Springs or Johns Creek; both in the northern parts of Atlanta. These tasks being completed during travel time allows me new freedom at the end of each day in not having to do them once I’ve arrived at home.

Cost

Living in town has presented itself with some additional expenses that OTP (Outside The Perimeter) friends do not have to endure. One small cost is simply Parking your vehicle. In my case, that meant $50 per month at home plus each time you go somewhere.

In addition, there is the actual cost of ownership of a vehicle. Fortunately, I did not have a car note/payment, but there are still gasoline, maintenance and insurance costs that are always present. For me…. Not anymore.

Stress

Road Rage or any kind of rage quite frankly has never been my thing. I tend to operate at a pretty stress free level. Personally, I know who my creator is and that he loves me, I have a great wife and family and generally feel grateful for most things. Therefore, I wasn’t a stressful driver. Moving into Midtown and opening an office here meant that I didn’t drive near as much anymore (only a couple days per week) but when I did it was usually a time where I still wanted to be productive. You can read about my drive time in a recent article, Making the Most of Traffic. Even with my stress free nature and making the most of the time it has felt good to turn the driving over to someone else.
I will conclude by saying, I will miss the occasional rush of accelerating through a wide open winding road along with the great suspension and handling of my Infiniti G35x! The lifestyle of walking to my new Drive Planning – Midtown office, increased pace and productivity has improved me as a person. So, for now I’ll stick with this new “car-free” commuter role until it’s time for another change. Thankfully, I’ve learned that personal growth is almost always accompanied by change. We certainly always need personal growth so bring on the change!

 

What are your thoughts? Could you go “car-free”? Connect with me for a conversation on Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

 

Stay Tuned for more information on my upcoming book for Financial Professionals. Advisor’s Edge: The Sharp Edge of The Skilled Advisor – How to create the financial practice you’ve always desired.