How to secure your Google, LinkedIn and Facebook account?

Today, people tend to judge a person or a company based on their online profiles. And these opinions are quite fragile — they can be violated if someone unauthorized gets access to our social media or other platforms used for communication with current and potential clients. This article will cover all available functions provided by Google, Facebook and LinkedIn that can help us protect our accounts and stay safe.

In a recent article, we have covered in more detail all aspects of identity protection using multi factor authentication. Now, we would like to discuss all available security functions, provided by Google, Facebook and LinkedIn that can not only help us protect our accounts, but also our privacy.

General rules

Protect your password

  1. Don’t use simple passwords. Below is a list of common easy to break passwords:
  • 123456
  • 12345
  • 123456789
  • password
  • iloveyou
  • qwerty
  • rockyou

3. Never use your birth date, wedding date or your spouse’s name or any easy identifiable information as a password. If you do, you’re asking for trouble.

4. Use hard to guess passwords which are at least 10 characters long.

5. Use password management software like Dashlane, 1Password, Lastpass, etc. They will enable you to generate safe passwords like hE&Lgc!Fk#Kp3gR$ and store them in a secure way.

Don’t share your identity information with anyone

  1. Check the URL (web page address) before you enter any information
  2. Never click on a dubious link, even if you get it from a known company or a person

Securing your Google account

  • The devices to which you are signed in
  • Recent security activity
  • 2 step verification settings
  • Your saved passwords

Google provides many different possibilities of securing an account. In case of a two-step authentication by-default setup, It uses phone verification on the device you’re logged in. If you want, you can use a different authentication option, like an SMS, call, Google Authenticator or security key (U2F).

Apart from that, Google allows generating backup codes which can be printed or saved on the device and used in case of lack of access to our phone. What’s important is securing the codes so that they wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands — it might cause us to lose the entire account. From the level of security menu we can view all the devices we’re logged in and check what other companies applications have access to our account. If we don’t recognize a certain device, we can log it out remotely. We’re also able to flag particular devices as trusted — in that case we won’t have to go through the second part of the authentication process.

LinkedIn made safer

Facebook — regaining access to an account through friends

Summing up

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