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In the informational free-for-all that is the internet, issues regarding personal privacy have been a central theme for discussion for some time now.
One of the main problems regarding the internet and privacy is the fact that many people are simply unaware of the amount of potentially damaging and personal information they leave in their wake as they surf the high seas of information.
The issues here involve both protection and principles: The internet was set up to facilitate the spread of information between people. The ‘business’ of the internet has developed around this original idea and market researchers have figured out it’s potential, it has become a vast and unprotected wealth of personal information about nearly everyone.
One of the most prolific forms of intrusion on the internet is the hacking of social media accounts for sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The idea of someone having access to all your nearest and dearest with the ability to say whatever they like about you is pretty scary, but there are some steps that can be taken.
The Best Offence Is A Good Defence
It goes without saying that there are things you can do right now to decrease the likelihood of being hacked. One of the golden rules of internet security is to make sure you don’t become lazy by using the same password for all your accounts. Even then, it’s probably best not having the word ‘password’ in your password, or your name for that matter.
There does exist in the world of social media the temptation to go for quantity over quality, and add as many people and third party applications as you can. But there is a certain virtue in being a little bit frigid when it comes to managing your online affairs.
Steps To Take If You Get Hacked
If you do suffer the unfortunate fate of getting hacked, it may at first seem like your only option is to walk up to everyone you find, address them in your scariest voice and interrogate them as to whether they are the swine that has wronged you.
A saner way of trying to resolve the problem however is to take the following steps:
- Change your password to the most fiendishly difficult combination of numbers and letters that you can muster up.
- If possible you should go through your list of applications and delete any that you don’t remember adding to your account.
- You need to spread the message to your friends and family and see if you can enlist them to post the news onto your hacked account (your Facebook page or Twiiter feed) to let as many people as possible know.
- Next, you need to go onto the social account company website and look at any company specific information that you can find there regarding contact details or next steps to take in the event of hacking.
You should try and get all of this done as quickly as you possibly can because the more time the hacker has free reign over your account, the more damage they can do to your social standing.
Finally, I think it worth saying that being hacked is not the end of the world and once everyone is aware that it was not anything to do with you, your online life will be likely go back to how it was.
Elise Leveque is a freelance translator who has moved from Paris to London. Elise is a social media addict and can always be seen checking her Facebook or sending witty and incisive Tweets to anyone that will read them. When she’s not blogging for White Pages, she can be found walking her dog with her husband.