One day in 2013, users noticed something awfully fishy about the @BurgerKing Twitter account: The BK logo had mysteriously been swapped out for the McDonald’s logo, and the name of the account had been changed to ‘McDonalds’. In addition, a tweet went out stating that the company had been sold to McDonalds because, “the whopper flopped”.
If this sounds suspicious, that’s because it is. BK’s Twitter account had been compromised, and the hackers were having some fun at Burger King’s expense. This went on for an hour, until BK finally managed to get the account suspended.
While this is perhaps an extreme example, it does remind us that we shouldn’t take the security of our social media accounts for granted.
8 strategies on how to make your social media accounts secure:
1. Use a password manager
One of the simplest ways for hackers to gain access to your accounts is to get ahold of your social media login info and passwords. Once they have this info, the sky’s the limit in terms of the harm they can cause.