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Secure your Social Media Accounts with YubiKey

July 12, 2021 2 min read

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:

Twitter 

Facebook 

Google 

Replace Google Authenticator with a Physical Key for Storing your Authenticator Codes for these Socials:

Instagram 

Reddit



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Password Managers and YubiKey - Where to from here?

November 07, 2019 2 min read

At Trust Panda our customers often ask us for recommendations on which password management vault we use.

For a long time our team’s answer has been 1Password, the product is great, the applications across multiple platforms are amazing and we even teamed up recently to make sure you could 1Password for families for free for three months when you follow our custom invite link.