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Maha issues advisory on precautions to access social media

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

today issued an advisory about the precautions need to be taken by the people while accessing platforms, saying unauthorised access to such accounts by "hackers" could result in "public embarrassment". Issued at a time when Twitter accounts of party and its vice president have allegedly been compromised, the advisory asks citizens not to access accounts from public computers like at cyber cafes and airports and to avoid using the accounts having personal information from public WiFi. "is becoming integral part of one's life and what you post becomes reflection of you/your organisation. Unauthorised access to the accounts by threat actors like hackers or other adversaries, at times may result in public embarrassment, reputational damage (personal/organisational), & order situation," the advisory said. The communication was issued from the office of Special IGP (Cyber) Brijesh Singh, who is also the state spokesman. "Enable login verification (eg two factor authentication). This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security immediately. Use a strong password (with numbers, characters, capitals, non-dictionary word) that you don't reuse on other websites/accounts. Change your password on a periodic basis (at least once a month). "More the number of people having access to your company's social accounts, greater is the chance that those accounts may be compromised.

Use management system where you can grant your employees access to your social accounts without disclosing sensitive account information to them," it said. The advisory also asks members of public to use a password manager to make sure that they are using strong, unique passwords everywhere. "accounts are sometimes handled by multiple users. If the feature of authorising each post is available, enable them. "While using your accounts from public computers, do take care to log off on use. Preferably do not login from public computers (cyber cafes, airport terminals). Avoid using accounts containing personal information from public WiFi," it added. The advisory also appealed to citizens to not share their login credentials with other people. "And at the first hint of a suspicious activity, change passwords on all other accounts too. Don't write down your password or store it on the web browser for automatic login," it cautioned.

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First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 23:02 IST