Social Media Hacking and Cyber Crime have never been our real problem; it is the symptoms of a deep-rooted human problem. Until we start looking at the recent surge in social media security and cybercrimes in that light we’ll never be able to address the problem effectively.
What Is the Real problem? What is the cause? What are the solutions?
As humans, we crave social connection and Social Media and #Technology came to our rescue – to help us connect with people far and wide.
Whereas, as humans also, our natural inclination involves exploitation – our curiosity and creative mind compel us to try something extraordinary and use usual tools in unusual ways we’ve never used them before.
Unfortunately, we sometimes end up abusing the tool. This is the reality of what we face with social media hacking at this moment, and to ask who is at fault is to answer “Humans are at Fault” that means all of us – The Government, Our leaders, and every individual. That’s why we all have a part to play in resolving Social Media Crime and Security challenges.
So, what is the problem?
The problem, when perceived from various scientific, social, and humanistic perspective are:
- Inadequate Security Measures
- Unethical Exploitation
- Lack of Respect for Authority
- Lack of Empathy for other People
- Obsolete and Corrupt Ideologies
After some thoughts, I’ve been able to crystallize my recommended solution into 3 main categories
- For Individuals
- For Companies
- The Government
Security Recommendations for Individuals to Avoid Social Media Hack
1. Be Careful of the Easy Gold
You can’t win a lottery you never applied for. So, stop giving out sensitive information about you for the sake of getting something free in return. It’s always a trap.
2. Protect Your Account with Strong Passwords
Use a strong password that is hard for anyone to guess.
3. Activate 2-step verification
For every platform you use, go to the security and privacy settings, activate 2-step verification, and check other security optimization options available for your safety.
4. Ask Questions
Always ask questions when in doubt of notifications you receive. Call and check with someone more knowledgeable than you in that field.
5. Watch out for Catfishing Red Flags
Catfishing a system where a hacker tries to play on your emotions and desire to be loved. It is common in dating and romance scams. Don’t fall a victim, always be wary of people who connect with you online with sudden intent of starting a relationship with you.
6. Report Suspicious Behaviors
Be your brother’s keeper. If you notice anything unusual about a friend or family account, always make the effort to reach out and check with them or report to the security authorities.
7. Parental Guidance is Key
Teach your kids how they can secure themselves online, sometimes they are the main target hackers use to get information about you.
Tell them to be careful of sudden associations and connections online and let them know the type of data which when shared could be harmful to the family.
And also, talking about the right mentality, it is essential you teach your children what works for the safety of your family and how they must be empathetic enough to consider other people’s feelings when using social media.
Security Recommendations for You Company Safety on Social Media
8. Separate Work tools from personal assets
Don’t allow company data to be accessed from the employee’s personal device. Provide work tool which must be accessed by authorized staff for work purposes only. It’ll be easier to maintain a high-security check on such a device.
Managers and Key decision-makers should have secret codes that only they know. This code must be required to perform a certain level of transactions.
Security Recommendations for the Government to Check Social Media Hacking and Cyber Crime
10. Introduce Social Media verification and Regulating Systems
The Government should collaborate with relevant Agencies in their countries to check and access social media usage.
In Nigeria for instance, the Federal Government of Nigeria would need to collaborate with the likes of NITDA (National Information and Technology Development Association), NiRA (Nigeria Internet Regulations Agency), EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission), and the NPF (Nigerian Police Force), to create an agency that works directly with Social Media giants and technology innovation corporations, the likes of IBM, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google.
The objective will be to check and report suspicious account activities and engage the right agency to follow up on insightful metrics with strategic dynamics.
The above recommendations allow social media hacking to constantly be on the check, sanctions, and correctional measures can be executed immediately before the symptoms become obvious and detrimental – before any citizen gets hurt or scammed.
Do you have Recommendations, Questions, or Insights to Share?