Social Media is ever present today in both the professional and personal lives. However, with an increasing amount of very sensitive data being available on your social media accounts, and attackers targeting social media users, you should take steps to secure your online presence. The following items are Netflix’s recommendations on how to best protect yourself on the most common social media platforms.
- Two Factor Authentication - The single best way you can protect your social media accounts from takeover is to add two factor authentication (sometimes called ‘login verification’ or 2FA). You probably already have to do this with your banking account; any time you log in from a new device, you’ll either get a text message with a special code or have to approve the login from an app. Even if someone guesses your password, they won’t be able to get in. www.turnon2fa.com has instructions on how to enable this for the most popular sites. Don’t just limit 2FA to your social media accounts; your email, banking, iCloud, DropBox, and other similar sites should all use it as well.
- Limit Sharing - While its counterintuitive to the ‘social’ nature, consider limiting the audience of your posts and the information you share. Facebook offers the ‘Privacy Checkup’ feature to review who can see your posts, contact information, and biographical data. Instagram allows you to approve followers that can see your posts, as does Twitter. Also, the apps that you’ve linked to your accounts, like quizzes, games, or giveaways, can scrape your private data and copy your list of friends; consider removing any apps you don’t need or want. The Mozilla Foundation offers some detailed privacy settings for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
- Separate Your Personas - If you do want to maintain a public presence, consider having separate accounts for your public and personal lives. This allows you to curate what’s available publicly, while keeping your ability to engage with friends and family in a less guarded manner. Facebook has a concept called Pages intended for just this.
- Know Your Followers - If you’ve locked down your private account, ensure that you know everyone approved to follow you. Remove and/or block anyone you don’t know.
- Fake Data - Using slightly modified information for your personal accounts, such as the name ‘John S’ or ‘John Adam’ instead of ‘John Adam Smith’, is a good way to limit your exposure to the general public. Similarly, choose account names that don’t contain your full name or public information; using ‘@johnsmith’ doesn’t help lower your profile, where something like ‘@moviefan14’ definitely would.
- Social Engineering - Not everyone is who they claim to be online; apply healthy skepticism when adding people to your social media. Impersonating accounts, using the same names and pictures as existing friends are common; if you think you’re already friends with someone, think before you add them again.
- Social Media Guidelines - if you’re working on a Netflix show, the Marketing lead has likely circulated a set of Social Media guidelines, outlining what should and should not be posted while in production locations or about the project. If there are any questions about that policy, please reach out.