As technology develops, cyber offenders are also keeping up with the latest tricks and workarounds to succeed. The cost of cybercrime continues to grow, with a report from Juniper Research predicting a $2 trillion bill by 2019. Hacking, stealing personal data, cyberbullying and more are rampant on social channels in particular.
While most may think only personal data is at risk, your Facebook business page is also vulnerable to hacking. Long story short, your Facebook account is a link to credit card information, billing addresses, and private company analytics. When an administrator account is compromised, the hacker automatically has control of page contents, details and settings.
Online offenders have their ways to execute their plans, but you can still protect your assets by bearing in mind these essential tips.
Protect the admin’s personal account
Since business pages can be controlled through a personal account, it is vital to secure the admin’s personal Facebook.
- Use a strong password and keep it secret
- Use extra security features
- Make sure the e-mail account is safe
- Run anti-virus software regularly
- Be careful when clicking on unknown links or ads
- Review posts before they appear on yourtimeline
- Always logout when using a public computer or system
Limit the number of administrators
Try to limit the number of administrators for your business page. Regularly review the role of each member and ask whether they need full access, or whether they can be limited slightly to editor, moderator, advertiser or analysis control. Remember to remove someone who has left the company.
Review page settings regularly
With Facebook regularly updating their platform, reviewing your page settings (specifically your business page) is a must. To access, login using your personal account, and switch across by clicking the arrow in the upper right corner and selecting your business. There, you can review and update page settings and permissions, admin accounts, and featured settings.
Do not follow urgent request to confirm some details
Phishing is a common practice to steal information, such as credit card details, bank accounts and passwords. Be vigilant when clicking links. Anything official will be well written and from an email address you know and trust – and can double check online - while most phishing messages are intended to evoke panic.
Protecting a Facebook business page is just as important as caring for tangible valuables as it requires time, effort, money and some old fashioned common sense. Don’t let all the effort and investment in building your business page gone astray, keep yourself updated with the latest trends and news about Facebook security.