[Comic] Social Media Security Fail

Ever had this happen to you? You check your email and notice that you’re receiving all kinds of strange messages from your friends on Facebook? The first thought is “oh no…my Facebook account has been hacked!”. But often, the reality is even more simple than that. It wasn’t some nefarious hacker from a faraway place who hacked your account…it was you.

Social Media Security Fail - When Computers And Mobile Devices Are Left Unlocked

By simply walking away from your computer without enabling the password security, you leave everything on your computer wide open. And the same goes for your mobile device. Leave it laying on the table with your friends while you go to the restroom? You’re asking for social media fun and frivolity with your Facebook or Twitter account.

So press that lock key. Set that password on your screensaver and never, never trust your friends or family alone with your unlocked mobile device.

Have you been in this situation? Let us know how you handled it or what precautions you’re taking to make sure it never happens again.

Cheers!

–Sean

  • http://www.miriamslozberg.com Miriam Slozberg (@msmir)

    Ouch yeah talk about embarrassing. Keep that lock on! Wow!

  • http://www.tamara-writes.blogspot.com Tamara McRill

    Nope, but I see hijacked accounts almost daily. Must be too tempting.

  • http://xeeme.com/TZARULNICOLAI/ TZARULNICOLAI

    Never happened to me and hope everyone will keep that lock on :)

  • http://blog.mariangonline.com/ Marian Gurowicz

    This shows the funny side of leaving the computer unlocked. There’s definitely a more serious side as well, where someone who would never think of doing something illegal on his or her own computer for fear of being caught, may give into temptation when left with a “free pass.”

    • http://www.socmedsean.com Sean R. Nicholson

      Agreed Marian! Great point :)

      –Sean

  • http://techieminx.com/ Michelledh

    Great point!!

    Also good to remind people about the he mobile phone as well – always have a password on it – if not to protect you from friends pranks, Imagine if it was lost – mislaid – stolen, and it had no password on it……. argh. Ok its a pain to keep putting that password in but just think of the benefits.

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