There are various ways you can get scammed or, at the least, embarrassed if you don’t follow general security practices when using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Don’t worry, if it happened to you, you’re not the only one. The Associated Press, Burger King and The Onion have all recently had their Twitter accounts hacked. Various celebrities have had their Facebook accounts hijacked. They are then used to spread misinformation or to post links that lead to malware.
Twitter recently implemented two-factor authentication to crack down on the problem. No word yet on whether Facebook will follow suit. Facebook does offer something called Login Approvals, its version of two-factor authentication, to protect users from takeover attempts of their account.
To learn more on protecting accounts and preventing scams, go to the companies’ security guidelines pages: