It’s Time for a Social Media Security Checkup

It’s Monday morning. Do you know what’s happening on your social media accounts?

Social media has become on the leading sources of cyberattacks in the world. It has the magic combination of widespread use (billions of people log in to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. every day), personal information, and trust that gives hackers everything they need to either launch attacks within the platforms themselves, or gather enough information to launch more targeted attacks against individuals, including you.

Even if you think you are safe and have your social media locked down, there is a good chance that you’ve left something vulnerable somewhere. That’s why you need to conduct regular social media security checkups. Double checking that you are using every tool you can to keep your information safe takes only a few minutes, but can save you a lot of headaches.

Check Your Antivirus

A strong antivirus and security program on your devices is your first line of defense against attacks from any source. Be sure that your antivirus software is up-to-date, and that you’re making the most of your premium services bundle by running security checks and looking for vulnerabilities. Social media attacks often look for vulnerabilities on your computer or devices to exploit, so use your security tools to close those loopholes.

Install Updates

Are you running the latest versions of all of your apps? Are your devices up-to-date? Even if you have your device set to automatically download and install updates as they become available, double check every few months to ensure that all of the most recent updates have been installed. Often, app updates include bug fixes and security enhancements that protect your account and data, so you want to install them as soon as possible.

Change Your Passwords

Yes, it can be a pain to come up with new passwords and remember them every few months. However, regularly changing your passwords, and choosing strong passwords, is important to maintaining your security. Keep it simple by using a password manager, and setting a reminder in your calendar to handle this chore.

Set Up Two Factor Authentication

If you haven’t already done so, you need to set up two factor authentication for your social media accounts. It only takes a few minutes, and gives you peace of mind that your accounts are less likely to be accessed without your permission.

Check Your Apps

Speaking of permissions, which apps have access to your social media accounts? And what permissions have you granted? Every few months, check on the apps that have access to your social profiles (find them by looking in the privacy settings on your account) and delete those that don’t need access anymore. Be selective in which apps get access to your profiles and what you allow them to see. In many cases, you may wish to just create an account with a username and password instead to keep your social profiles secure.

Check Your Info

If you’re sharing too much personal information on social media, you could be setting yourself up for trouble. Chances are, the people who need to know your exact birthday, address, phone number, etc. already have that information, so be as vague as possible. Avoid sharing information that can be used to steal your identity – and this goes for responding to friends’ posts as well. Remember that the answers to common security questions are often things like your mother’s maiden name, the color of your first car, where your first job was, where you were born, etc. It might be fun to see your friends’ answers to these questions, but hackers are also on the lookout for this information.

Clean Your Friends List

If you don’t know everyone on your friends’ list, or can’t pinpoint how you know people on your list, it’s time to hit the unfriend button. At least once a year, go through your friend’s list and delete people you don’t know, or don’t really have any contact with. Consider setting all of your profiles to private so that you need to approve followers, or so only people who know your friends can request to connect with you. This way, you control who sees your stuff, and reduce the chances of it falling into the wrong hands.

Keeping your social media secure is an important step toward preventing a cyberattack. If you perform this checkup on a regular basis, you’ll be in good shape to ward off the hackers.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook and twitter

Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook and Twitter

Keyboard shortcuts are widely used to complete a task in shorter time. Till now we used keyboard shortcuts only for the operating system to close, minimize, switch between windows and perform similar task. But did you know you can use Keyboard shortcuts for Facebook and Twitter too? It makes the whole feed browsing thing much easier. You can also Like post or Favorite tweet just by pressing a single Key.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook and Twitter

Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook and twitter

Lets start with Facebook

Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook and twitter

Like button keyboard

The keyboard shortcuts differ depending on which browser you are using. So find the right combination of keys from the list given below.

  • Chrome for PC : Alt + #
  • Firefox for PC : Shift + Alt + #
  • Internet Explorer for PC : Alt + #, then Enter
  • Chrome for Mac : Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Firefox for Mac : Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Safari for Mac : Ctrl + Opt + #

Time to replace ‘#’ with the suitable access keys

  • 0 – Help
  • 1 – Home
  • 2 – Timeline
  • 3 – Friends
  • 4 – Inbox
  • 5 – Notifications
  • 6 – Settings
  • 7 – Activity Log
  • 8 – About
  • 9 – Terms

Keyboard shortcuts for browsing through News Feed

  • j and k – Scroll between News Feed stories
  • enter/return – See more of the selected story
  • p – Post a new status
  • l – Like or unlike the selected story
  • c – Comment on the selected story
  • s – Share the selected story
  • o – Open an attachment from the selected story
  • / – Search
  • q – Search chat contacts
  • ? – Open a list of these keyboard shortcuts while in News Feed

If you didn’t know, Facebook also has a separate Web Messenger. There are keyboard shortcuts available for Web messenger too.

  • CTRL + g – Search conversations
  • CTRL + q – Show/hide keyboard shortcuts
  • CTRL + Delete – Archive/unarchive conversation
  • CTRL + j – Mark as spam
  • CTRL + m – Start a new message
  • CTRL + i – Go to Inbox
  • CTRL + u – Go to Other

Lets move on to Twitter

Here is the list of Keyboard Shortcuts for Twitter. Remember to Favorite, Reply or Retweet you need to select or highlight the tweet first using J or K key. In twitter you don’t need to use special keys like SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, OPT. Instead you can use combination of alphabets like G+H or GH to navigate to home.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook and twitter

Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts List

You can also find this list in your own account by clicking on your profile picture -> Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts for Facebook and twitter

Twitter keyboard shortcuts option

So these were some keyboard shortcuts for Facebook and Twitter that can make your life easier on Social Network. Let us know if this article proved to be useful to you and which is your favourite shortcut, through the comment section below. If you think I missed any shortcut do mention it in the comments.

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Shutdown pc from mobile using twitter

Shutdown pc from mobile using twitterDo you download a lot of things from internet?? After completion of download, does your Pc/laptop remains ON for hours?? Is guarding your pc/laptop till the completion of download or any work boring?? So here’s the solution. Even if you are not at your home, you can still shutdown pc form mobile using twitter. This will not only help in the case of download, but also in some time consuming tasks like copying or something else. This amazing method will help you shutdown pc from mobile using twitter, no matter where you are.

How to shutdown pc from mobile using twitter?

  1. First you need a Twitter account and also a Gmail account. If you don’t have one, create it.
  2. Now you will need a software named TweetMyPc.
    Download it from here
  3. Now after downloading it simply install the tool.
  4. Now run the software form desktop or start menu or in right side of taskbar. It will look some what like in the image below.
    Shutdown pc from mobile using twitter
  5. Click on Sign in with twitter, and then it will open a page of twitter. In that, sign in with your credentials and you will get a confirmation code that you will need to enter in the tool. This will complete authorization process.
  6. Now next is email settings. In this enter your gmail details.
  7. Now just without changing anything click on SAVE AND HIDE.
  8. Now the program is ready. Now you can just leave your pc/laptop on with the download or any other ongoing work.
  9. To turn off the pc using mobile, just open twitter in mobile and just tweet SHUTDOWN.
  10. After tweeting your pc will shutdown with a warning to close all app within 1 min. After 1 min the apps in pc will be forced to shutdown.
  11. There are also many other commands available similar to shutdown. You can find HERE.
  12. Also if you have any doubt regarding installation click here.

So A tweet will shutdown pc, no matter where you are. It is a unique way to shutdown pc. Imagine when you do it infront of your friend, he will be just shocked. Still got any questions, then do post them in the comment section below. I would be happy to help you.

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