When the media sharing platform, Instagram, was hacked early September this year, initially it was thought only celebrity data was compromised, however, over time it’s emerged that the hack affected as many as 6 million accounts.
According to reports, a bug in the social media company’s API allowed hackers to gain access to account holders’ phone numbers and email addresses. The person or persons responsible for the hack, have gone so far as to create a searchable database allowing anyone to find the contact details of any affected user – all for the low price of approximately $10 (paid in Bitcoin, of course).
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One password to rule them all
From email to Facebook and online shopping. You use the same alphanumeric password for them all and it’s been this way for years?
*Insert your name* and a few consecutive numbers, 123, 321 !@#. Maybe a pet’s name with an uppercase and a few o’s swapped for 0’s.
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2FA – two-factor authentication
This is the combination of your password with something that you own, such as a one-time password generator. If someone were to crack your password, they would have to steal your OTP generator as well to gain access.
2FA is easy to configure and set up. There are plenty of apps available for this. Check out: Authy, DUO or Google Authenticator.
With passwords required for almost every website visit, remembering all of them can prove to be quite a challenge, if not impossible. But, wait, there’s an app for that (of course). Check out: LastPass
The increasing regularity of these attacks has highlighted the vulnerability of social media accounts, with internet users urged to take security seriously.
Use unique and strong passwords per site – make use of a password manager to create and keep track of your passwords
Patch and update – keep operating systems, and applications up to date with the latest software versions
Protect your info – ensure that your ‘in platform’ security and privacy settings are tight
Install security software and keep it up to date – this will protect you from any malware trying to steal your credentials
Be wary of unexpected messages – your friend’s accounts may have been compromised
Be vigilant about your digital identity and think before you click.