socialmediaThe increasing use of social media by small businesses and large organizations means that there will be threats from hackers. Hackers often break into accounts to post false messages or steal information that can be used for financial gain. Social media accounts need to be treated the same as in-house computer systems by using various security measures.

Unique Passwords

Social media networks all require a user to log in with a username and password. Passwords used for a social media account needs to be unique. This means you should not use the same log in information to access multiple accounts. The use of the same username and password for multiple social media sites is the best way to get one or more accounts hacked. Each social media account will need to have separate log in information for the username and password. If someone manages to hack into one of your social media accounts, or even your email, then they will not be able to gain access to any other account.

Strong Passwords

The passwords that are used for social media accounts need to be difficult to decipher. This means that passwords should not include words that anyone can find in a standard dictionary. The best option is to use acronyms for words that only you know. You should also include numbers and alternate letters that are used between upper case and lower case. A strong password consists of 15 characters or more. Your goal is to create a password that is hard for anyone to crack.

HTTPS Connections

This is a setting for social media sites that allows for secure browsing. Most sites now have this turned on my default. However, if you use Facebook and do not see HTTPS in your address bar, then you will need to enable this is the settings for your account. Connecting to any website using HTTPS means the connection is being encrypted. One reason that is a concern is because of key loggers. Key loggers will record anything typed on your keyboard. You can prevent key loggers from getting your username and passwords by installing an encryption program on your system.

Account Access

Accessing social media accounts should not be done from a shared computer. A shared computer keeps all your log in information stored and you may not know if it is infected with malware. The best way for you to access social media accounts is from a single device, such as a laptop computer, a tablet, or your smartphone.

Third-Party Apps

Apps that are installed on a smartphone or tablet computer, such as games, often want permission from users to access their social media account. If you need to install a third-party app, then you will need to create a new account. Do not use your Facebook log in as a shortcut to log in to an app. If you have the log in for your Facebook compromised, then other social media sites can be easily accessed.

Additional Information

Install an anti-virus program on your mobile device that can detect if malware or threats are present on any third-party apps you install. Many are available for the iPhone and Android phones.

This article was written by Mary Johnson.  She is a blogger for  She enjoys writing about current events, social media and technology.