If you use your mobile phone, or other device to access Google applications, Facebook, or Twitter, then you should know the importance of securing your account to help prevent unauthorized account access and possibly loss of account data, settings, or access. Hijacked social accounts can also be a nuisance for your followers, family, and friends that receive spam messages from your hijacked account.
The first step in increasing account security is choosing an unbreakable password. As always, be random in choosing your password, mix in uppercase and lowercase letters, random numbers and even symbols, too. Also, be sure to change it often, at least semi-annually. To test your password security strength, visit: http://www.howsecureismypassword.net.
Here are a few ways that you can better protect yourself on the Top-3 Social Networks, Google, Facebook and Twitter:
Setting up two-factor authentication for Google
- First, open up your Google Security Settings page by clicking here: https://www.google.com/settings/security?ref=home
- You may be prompted for your password again.
- Under “2-step verification” if you see “Status: OFF” Click the Edit button next to that.
- You will then be taken to a Web page wizard that will walk you through the process of having a six-digit verification code sent to you via text or a phone call.
- Enter the code into the appropriate box, and you’re all set.
Setting up two-factor authentication for Facebook
- First, proceed to your Facebook Account Security Settings page by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security
- Under “Login Approvals” click edit and put a check in the box that appears.
- In the dialog box that appears, click “Set up now.” You may be prompted again for your Facebook password and to add your mobile phone number if you haven’t provided one already.
- Click Continue. If all goes well, you should receive a six-character PIN. Enter the PIN and a name for your device in the dialog boxes.
Secure your Twitter
- First, proceed to your Twitter Account Settings page by clicking here: https://twitter.com/settings/account
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and put a checkmark in the box next to “Require personal information to reset my password.”
- Finish by clicking on the Save Changes button at the very bottom of the page.