What to do, When You’ve Been HACKED.

Hey Vaqueros! that is totally Spanish for cowboys or something, but it’s just reflective of what a good mood I am in. I recently registered for my FINAL college quarter and graduation stuff is getting REAL, as in I am inviting family and about to take some photographs in the next few weeks. Trust me, there will be more on that soon…I promise.

Soooooooo, did you hear that the Burger King twitter account was hacked this past Monday AND the Jeep Twitter account just today (Read about it here and here)? This means a group of rogue computer nerds (think a dude with plastic devil horns wearing a Star Wars teeshirt) cracked their account passwords and then proceeded to post inappropriate, lewd and NSFW tweets and photographs to their 80,000+ followers. It took Burger King a day to have their account suspended and to issue a statement apologizing and explaining.

Getting hacked is a serious problem for us social media lovers; all it takes is someone determined enough and a few tricks (readily published online) and BOOM! You’re hacked. So what now? I’ve got a simple, but life-saving plan to follow when you’ve been hacked:

  1. Immediately contact the support team of the platform you’ve been hacked on. Send an e-mail or go through their system online and alert them to your status
  2. Change your password, and this time, let’s not make it your Maltese Fluffy, OK? Here’s an old, but still very relevant article from LifeHacker, Geek to Live: Choose (and remember) great passwords
  3. Delete and erase all offensive, spammy, NSFW and inappropriate posts, basically anything the hacker posted on your timeline. Immediately.
  4. Send out a tweet, or post, or pin and let people know that you have been hacked. Chances are, whomever hacked you took the time to spam or send out inappropriate information, so take a minute to compose a thoughtful post or tweet (or whatever) letting people know that it wasn’t you and that everything’s back to normal now.

I’ve never been hacked, but I have had my identity stolen and I know if not handled properly, it can damage your entire reputation (the rep you’ve worked so hard to build and maintain). So protect yourself and change your passwords and make them hard to crack. Until next time!

XOXOXO,

Jess_AsPRing

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