Today, June 30 is Social Media Day! This day is celebrated to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication. Social Media Day was launched by the popular website Mashable back in 2010, and often sees fans of the site going to real life meetups.

Social media has become a major factor in the world. For many of us, it is how we keep up with what our friends are up to, even if they’re on the other side of the planet. It has also played a big part in world events.

More than 3 billion people around the world use social media each month. And the numbers are still growing rapidly – according to 2018 Global Digital suite of reports, the count of people using the top platform in each country has been increasing by almost 1 million new users every day.

This year has revealed that social media platforms have some serious flaws when it comes to the privacy and security of users’ personal data.

Here are few ways to stay private and secure on social media:

 

Use Strong, Unique Passwords

People are so overwhelmed with how many accounts and passwords they need that they go the easy way. Don’t do that. You need to change your passwords regularly, preferably every 3 months, and use a combination of capital letters, numerals, letters, and punctuation.

Use Two-factor Authentication

This feature adds an extra security layer by requiring one more authentication step after entering your password

Beware of Phishing Scams

You receive a message saying that your account has been hacked, and you need to click the link to restore your account. You click on it, enter your login details, and voila, you’ve been hacked! That was a fake email and a fake site, and you wouldn’t know until your information gets stolen.

Revoke Access to Third-party Apps

You have probably used some third-party apps for photo editing, gaming, etc. Check whether you are still using all of the apps that you have permitted access to view your account.

Take Care of Your Social Media Accounts

Check your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram privacy settings, as well as all other social media platforms you use. In most cases, there are a few ways to manage who can see your status updates, photos, check-ins or if your profile is visible to search engines outside of those platforms.

Use a VPN

On the final note, most of us go to social media to kill some time of our daily commute, while waiting for a bus or to post some nice pictures from a favorite cafe. However, if you log in to your social media accounts on a public WiFi hotspot, keep in mind that you are putting your account security at risk. If you must do that, use a VPN service like NordVPN, which will encrypt your Internet data and protect your identity and personal information from hackers or identity thieves.