Museum Of London Twitter Hack

Social profiles, are prime targets for hacking.  My heart sank when I saw that the Museum Of London was facing a security breach of their own. It’s become almost a daily occurrence, that a company, personality or organization suffers a small lapse in the normal routine of posts and advertisements. When I see a brand suffering from hacking, my number question remains, “will they take the right steps?” Simply deleting the offending messages and moving on, will not put followers or fans at ease. Keep this in mind to both prevent a hack and save your brand after it occurs.

Stay Safe: 3 easy steps

The truth is, viruses are more complicated and easier to catch today then years past. I advocate three truths to keep  safe on the internet:

1.) Always have a secure password. A secure password has multiple variables, which simply stated means, it’s harder to hack. Most people make passwords that are easy for them to remember, thus being easier to figure out. Here’s two examples of passwords:

Dog123 – This one looks more good, right? I has 6 characters and utilizes numbers and letters. This password would be VERY easy to find by a hacker.

d()G1!2!3! – is a little more secure, but still not perfect. You’ll see I incorporated other “variables” or uppercase letters, symbols, and lowercase letters to make it harder to guess and harder for the software that hackers use to determine the password quickly. Remember, hackers want it fast and cheap. If your password takes too long to hack, they have millions of people they can try next. As an individual or brand, your best solution is to use a service like Passpack.com. They supply passwords and store hard to remember passwords more securely. Remember, if you can remember your password, it’s way too easy!

2.) Only visit sites you know and trust. Vet websites carefully and never, ever provide a credit card number unless it’s from a site you know and trust. Always check the top address bar to make the the site matches exactly where you are supposed to be. Websites are often linked to us in email or social media by using shortened url codes. For instance, do you know where http://bit.ly/HappyFourthOfJuly goes? Before you click on ANY shortened url, especially if it’s from someone you don’t know or trust personally, make sure you know the risk before the click. You can visit LongURL, (www.longurl.org) to find out where ANY short url leads to. I didn’t steer you wrong, look where my bit.ly link leads.

3.) Keep your anti-virus up to date and run scans often. You control the health of your computer and devices. Did you know that your phone can be infected with a virus or malware? Any type of phone, Android, Iphone, Blackberry, can succumb to an attack or a bad link. (Here’s a great link on cell phone viruses and how they work.) Find an anti-virus program that works for you and that is trusted not only by professional reviews, but by peer reviews as well. PCMag recently reviewed anti-virus software and offer a handy comparison chart.

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Fixing Your Digital Persona, A Step By Step Guide

Beating Malware At Its Own Game