Social media account hacks (takeovers) are on the rise, they affect politicians, celebrities, brands and other high profile accounts but just because you don’t have 100,000 followers doesn’t mean your social media account isn’t at risk.
Google reports that 20% of social accounts will be compromised at some point. What would this do to your business’ social media presence, consumer trust and brand reputation?
In some cases attackers will hijack your account and hold it to ransom with social media networks taking days and sometimes weeks to assist you in regaining access to your social channels.
There’s a few simple steps that can help to prevent your account being compromised and this is where YubiKey comes in:
1. Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
YubiKey replaces those annoying Google codes with a simple to use physical key to your account. Just plug it in to your device and tap (or use the NFC option on supported phones) to authenticate after you’ve entered your username and password.
2. Unique Passwords
Use a unique and complex password that is different for every account. We all know that it is difficult to remember these – and it’s best that you don’t. Use a Password Manager such as LastPass or 1Password to generate and save your passwords for each account. Importantly, secure your password manager using the very same YubiKey.
3. Never Give out Your Credentials
If someone requests credentials via direct message, email or even asks you to log in to your account at a specific URL – don’t. The only place you should be logging in to your account is at the social media site itself (there are limited exceptions to this where you may need to authenticate a social media management platform such as HootSuite or similar).
If you’d like to get started you can shop for YubiKey online here at Trust Panda – Australia’s Number 1 YubiKey reseller or direct at yubico.com. For delivery to Australia and New Zealand, buy at Trust Panda for faster delivery as we have local stock.
Need help deciding on which YubiKey is right for you? Chat with our friendly team or give us a call on +61 2 9157 4588 – we’re only too happy to help.
Already have a YubiKey? Here’s some links for how you get your YubiKey set up for the most commonly used Social Media Platforms:
Native Key Support
These social media platforms have integrated support for key based authentication: