How to Protect Your Online Presence

How to Protect Your Online Presence: 10 Tips for Artists

Written by: Courtney Senior

In today’s digital age, social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are indispensable tools for artists to showcase their work, connect with their audience, and build their creative brand. However, with the increasing prevalence of cyber threats, artists need to prioritize the security of their online presence. Frankly, I am sad that we continue to see artists share that their Instagram or Facebook has been hacked and that their hard work in building their online presence is gone. It’s devasting, and it’s most certainly avoidable. This blog will provide comprehensive tips on securing your Facebook and Instagram accounts from potential hacking incidents.

Create Strong and Unique Passwords

Its simple, unique and strong passwords are the first line of defence against hackers. Avoid using easily guessable passwords like “password” or “paint123.” Instead, create complex passwords with uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Consider using a passphrase that is easy to remember but hard for others to guess.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. It typically involves receiving a one-time code on your mobile device, which you must enter alongside your password to log in. Enabling 2FA on both your Facebook and Instagram accounts can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access. Here are instructions on how to do that: FacebookInstagram.

Beware of Phishing Attempts

Phishing attacks are prevalent on social media platforms (and email!). Be cautious when clicking on suspicious links, even from trusted sources. Over the years, I have received more phishing attempts than I can count. Here are some common artist scams I’ve come across.

Anniversary Surprise: This message is a heartfelt request from someone interested in purchasing artwork for a special occasion. However, artists beware when receiving such inquiries, especially involving financial transactions. Phishing attempts often involve convincing narratives to lure victims into providing personal information or engaging in fraudulent activities. 

Exclusive NFT Opportunity: This message is an enticing offer for artists to tokenize their art and enter the world of NFTs, where digital art can be bought and sold as unique tokens on blockchain platforms. While the proposal may seem appealing, you must exercise caution when receiving such inquiries.

Regularly Update Your Apps and Devices

Keep your mobile devices and computers up to date with the latest operating system and app updates. Developers frequently release security patches to address vulnerabilities; failing to update them could expose your accounts to potential threats.

Monitor App Permissions

Review and manage the permissions you grant to third-party apps connected to your Facebook and Instagram accounts. Remove any unnecessary or suspicious apps, as they can compromise your account’s security and privacy.

Enable Login Alerts

Both Facebook and Instagram offer login alert features that notify you when someone logs in to your account from an unfamiliar device or location. Enable these alerts to quickly detect any unauthorized access and take immediate action.

Protect Your Email Account

Your email account is often the gateway to your social media accounts. Ensure that your email account is secure by using strong passwords, enabling 2FA, and monitoring for suspicious activity. A compromised email account could lead to unauthorized access to your Facebook and Instagram profiles.

Regularly Review Privacy Settings

Frequently review and adjust the privacy settings on your Facebook and Instagram accounts. Customize your privacy settings to control who can see your posts, send you friend or follower requests, and comment on your content. Limit the amount of personal information you share publicly.

Use a Secure Wi-Fi Connection

Avoid logging into your social media accounts on public Wi-Fi networks, as they may not be secure. Instead, use a trusted and secure Wi-Fi connection or consider using a virtual private network (VPN) for added protection.

Educate Yourself and Stay Informed

Stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices for online security.

Wrapping Up

Securing your Facebook and Instagram accounts is paramount in safeguarding your online presence as an artist. By following these comprehensive tips, you can reduce the risk of hacking and focus on what you do best—creating and sharing your art with the world.