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I get at least 2 or more requests every week to help recover a hacked account. Every day, a staggering number of accounts, reaching into the thousands, fall victim to online hacking attempts, emphasizing the critical need for robust security measures.

????Here are 10 ways I have compiled to help you stay safe online and adequately secure your accounts from online hacks.

1. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA):
2FA adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second verification step, usually a code sent to your mobile device, in addition to your password.

* Steps to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook and Instagram:
* Go to your Facebook Settings.
* Click on “Security and Login” in the left menu.
* Scroll down to the “Two-Factor Authentication” section and click “Edit.”
* Choose your preferred 2FA method: either a text message (SMS) code or a third-party authentication app.
* Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
Note: Using a third-party authentication app, such as Google Authenticator or Authy, adds an extra layer of security as it doesn’t rely on SMS.

2. Create Strong, Unique Passwords:
Use complex passwords with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid easily guessable information like birthdays or names. Aim for a password that is at least 12 characters long. Longer passwords are generally more secure. Each account should have its distinct password to prevent potential domino effects from security breaches. Consider using passphrases, a combination of words, numbers, and symbols that are easy for you to remember but challenging for others to guess.

3. Beware of Phishing Attempts:
Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments from unknown sources. Be skeptical of unexpected emails or messages asking for personal information. Phishing often relies on creating a sense of urgency or exploiting curiosity, so taking a moment to assess the legitimacy of requests helps protect against potential scams. Recently, I have noticed many pages are being created pretending to be Facebook and will often send notifications in the form of direct messages for example that an account has violated a policy and action required. They will inturn collect login details such as email and passwords, if the user eventually follow the provided link in a biat to appeal the said violation. Be cautious!

4. Regularly Update Passwords:
Change your passwords periodically to minimize the risk of unauthorized access. Consider using a password manager to help keep track of complex passwords. Regularly updating passwords is crucial because it helps thwart the efforts of a hacker who may gain unauthorized access through stolen or leaked credentials. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to implement the latest security practices and stay ahead of evolving threats. Examples of popular password managers include LastPass, Dashlane, and 1Password.

5. Monitor Account Activity:
Regularly review your account activity and statements for any suspicious transactions or logins. Report any unauthorized activity promptly. When a suspicious login happens on Facebook, usually Facebook will prompt you with confirm “THIS WAS ME” or “THIS WASN’T ME”. Selecting the “THIS WASN’T ME” prompt will allow you to change your password, securing your account.

6. Use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs):
When accessing the internet, especially on public Wi-Fi, it is recommended to use a VPN to encrypt your connection and protect your data from potential eavesdropping. Leveraging Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) is a savvy strategy to bolster your online security, particularly when navigating the internet on public Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi, often found in places like cafes, airports, or hotels, is susceptible to potential eavesdropping by malicious actors seeking to intercept your sensitive data.

7. Regularly Check for Software Updates:
Keep all software, including web browsers and plugins, up to date. Vulnerabilities in outdated software can be exploited by hackers. Software updates often include patches and fixes that address known vulnerabilities or weaknesses identified by developers or security experts. Hackers are adept at exploiting these vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access or deploy malicious activities.

8. Secure Your Email Associated with Facebook, Instagram or any online account:
Ensure the email linked to your Instagram account is secure and regularly check for any suspicious activity on your email account.

9. Backup Important Data:
Regularly backup critical data to an external device or a secure cloud service. In case of a ransomware attack, you’ll have a copy of your essential files.

10. Stay Informed with Cybersecurity Awareness:
Stay updated on the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices. Being informed helps you recognize potential risks and take proactive measures. I am now starting to share many awareness on Cybersecurity and online safety and hopefully I will be sharing alot of informations. Please stay in touch with this profile.