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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:)

 

Why I Love Twitter

November 19, 2015 — Leave a comment

Social Media is often portrayed as evil and killing our society. I will be the first to agree that social media has created some negative influences in our societies behavior. However, in this post I am highlighting some positives that this new virtual world has created for me. Twitter is far and away my favorite of all on-line venues and here are 8 reasons why twitter is my favorite of all social media outlets.

 

Twitter Is Fast Paced

The fast paced nature of twitter makes it very appealing. Twitter users rarely ever get push back for posting to frequently which often occurs on other media outlets. The continuous and fast paced flow of data has also allowed it to become one of the first places people learn of news events as they are occurring.

Virtual Relationships Create New Real Life Relationships

Getting know someone through following them on-line allows for real relationships to develop easily. This medium isn’t always as filtered with a glossy lens like most Facebook posts, thus allowing you to learn how someone really operates. The ease and non-invasive way of following and learning about people who live, work and play right around you allows users to create relationships easily with similar minded people.

Virtual Relationships Enhance Current Real Life Relationships

All virtual relationships, I believe, are enhanced through following on-line. It allows you to keep up with your friends in a busy world where time doesn’t always permit that relational commitment. However, the nature of twitter allows for a more personal look at all of peoples likes, dislikes, hobbies and ambitions. Again, i believe it is because of the less filtered nature of the posting method and socially acceptable frequency.

Twitter Makes Me A Better Writer

As someone who loves to write it is often easy to use more words than necessary. Being limited to 140 characters forces you to use minimal words, yet intelligently get your point across. It has also provided me with additional relationships and outlets to share my thoughts through blogging.

Hashtags

It is the online location where Hashtagging or using the # sign as a way to categorize subjects became prevalent. Thus, allowing subjects that interest you to searched for and grouped easily. The marketing ease that comes from hashtagging has created entire new campaign strategies for companies and their products. Searching hashtags, for me, has become a place where I can readily get the popular sentiment of our society on certain products or issues.

Twitter Develops Fans

Twitter allows for people, interests and even causes to go viral faster than any other media. You can create loyal followers or even fans in this outlet like no other (Arguable that YouTube and Instagram are competing now, but twitter was first). Fans are the 21st Century version of loyalty that marketers are crave to sell and rave about their products. It seems to be easier here because it has less to do with your friend base or geography than most other social media. On the flip side it has forced Customer Service or “Customer No Service Depts.” to be held accountable because negative service issues can also spread at viral rate.

I Read More

I find myself reading more because of the content that I source on twitter. As an avid reader it allows me to research authors, books and news stories quickly. In addition to the speed, I find content which I may have normally missed thus expanding my points of view for my writing, speaking and personal education.

 

Twitter Impacts Leadership

Twitter provides an outlet for a leader to share the direction for their organization or company. When those around you follow you on-line you are forced to express your beliefs and desires. Twitter becomes the voice of your brand or even the culture that you desire to cultivate.

 

So, I invite you to follow me on my favorite media, Twitter. Try it out for yourself but if you aren’t convinced we can still meet up elsewhere…. Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Youtube, Pinterest. There are plenty to choose from in our virtual world but I still prefer to meet for a drink and a good ol’ face to face meeting!