by Louise Castrillo of Mamacademy PH
During the pandemic, we have turned to social media to maintain our connection with family and friends, get the latest trends and news, and destress from the current situation. Social media scammers have taken advantage of the increase in users and usage to execute their schemes. These scammers will attempt to get your personal information or try to hack into your social media accounts.
Unfortunately, Mamacademy PH has experienced this first-hand recently. As you may have seen in our social media accounts and newsletter, we have posted warnings of an Instagram account posing as our giveaway account.
Given the prevalence of this scam, we wanted to share ten ways to guard yourself against social media scams and stay secure online.
Ten Tips to Avoid Social Media Scams
Different schemes and scams are circulating online. According to Instagram Help Center, here are the common types of scams.
While it’s tempting to use simple passwords that you can easily remember, we recommend using a strong password. Strong passwords usually consist of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and a character (if allowed). If you have challenges remembering passwords, you can use three or more words and insert or replace some letters with numbers. Instead of using threeblindmice, you can use Thr33bl1ndmice! or Thr33bl!ndmice.
As much as possible, assign different passwords to your social media accounts. An unfortunate leak of a social media password can lead hackers to try your password on your other social media and online accounts.
If your password has been compromised, two-factor authentication can save your account from being hacked. When it is enabled, a one-time pin will be sent to your registered mobile account.
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have this feature already.
Take time to do a profile check before adding an account to your friends or following list. Do not add if you see these signs.
Ignore messages from unknown or unverified accounts asking you to claim a prize for a contest you never even joined.
If you receive messages from a friend or family member asking for money, verify that you are really talking to your friend or relative and not a hacker.
If you receive links via email or direct message, refrain from clicking suspicious links. The links may grant a hacker access to your social media account.
Do not give personal, social media credentials or banking details to social media accounts you do not know.
Legitimate giveaways, contests, and job postings will never ask for a fee. If you receive these kinds of messages, report the account and block the account.
If you encounter suspicious accounts or messages, report them immediately to Facebook or Instagram to prevent them from contacting other people. Block the account or message too.
Social media has become part of our lives as we embrace digital innovations. We hope that the tips we shared give you practical measures to safeguard your online security so we may all continue to enjoy social media benefits and contents
Please share this blog post with your family, friends, and colleagues so that they can also protect themselves from social media scams.