It’s October the month of Halloween, and we look forward to scary costumes, pranks and lots of sweets! To keep in with the Halloween theme for this month, we’re going to talk about How to keep your business safe online and how to be safe online.
Here at Sm2communicate we like to help educate and support our clients with their social media journey. We have a true blend of clients that we do their social media for them and ones that we are on hand to support. For everything single client, we always start with a cyber safety first!
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you remove a person’s access from your social media accounts, who you no longer work with?
- Do you change passwords frequently or when a member of the team leaves?
- Do you use the same password for all accounts?
- Do you forget to log out of your accounts?
- Do you forget to regularly check your social media accounts for spam or undesirable messages and comments?
Here’s our 10 top tips to keep your business safe on social media:
1. Create extra secure passwords
Passwords should be a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
Use different passwords for different accounts.
Change passwords regularly
Keep passwords in a secure place
2. Go through your privacy settings
Make sure you spend time going through your privacy settings on each social media account to make sure they are as secure as possible.
3. Make note of who has access to your social media accounts
If you do have other people helping to manage your social media accounts, make sure you have a list of who has access to each account. Therefore, if you face any problems you know who to go to first.
4. Create a Social Media policy
If you have more than one person managing your social media accounts, create a policy with clear guidelines on what is acceptable to post and how to handle negative or spam posts. We can help here!
5. Set up alerts for suspicious activity
Most social media platforms now give you the option of setting up notifications alerts for suspicious activity and new logins. This will help you to be able to respond quickly, if your social media account is hacked.
6. Check what applications your social media accounts are connected to and remove any you’re not familiar with.
A lot of applications like to use social media platforms to connect with your accounts. Some are ok but others could be accessing your private information to cause harm.
7. Install anti-virus software
Having a good anti-virus software on your computer is vital to protect all the information on your computer and also your social media accounts. Many of us use automatic logins for social media, so it’s imperative that this is protected from malicious spyware.
8. Be extra alert for ‘phishing’ scam emails
A popular scam that’s going around is for emails to appear as though they have been sent from an official social media network, alerting you about suspicious activity. To avoid falling in the trap, make sure you know the official email addresses to expect notification alerts from and check the email address that sent the email to you. Never click on any of the links in the email, as this could be all that’s needed to gain access to your personal information.
9. Make use of the restrictive options on social media.
You can restrict your social media pages from people living in certain countries, according to certain ages and you can also restrict profanity from your page. If you have no desire for certain people or countries to interact with your business – restrict their access.
10. Don’t be afraid to use the block list.
Sometimes, it is necessary to block users from your social media accounts. If there are trolls on your page, you can block them from interacting with your business on social media.
If you need any help with any of these security measures don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.