Beware of being phished on social media.

Yesterday my original Instagram account @jackiegomezbeauty was hacked. I was Phished, I was a victim of this imposter @busaslan6337. I’m sure they are, so any scum bags like him/she out there on the web, be careful you don’t get tangled as I did. The truth is I have been trying to get my account verified for months, and I should have known better! “Instagram” sent me a link on Instagram to verify my account; once I clicked, I lost my account; it was that easy. Make sure you change your passwords and don’t click on any links ever unless you know and trust the source; Please follow me on my @facethebeautylab Instagram account; let’s make it grow xoxo. To help anyone who wants to learn more about hackers and being phished, here are some ways to protect yourself from the world wide web!

Phishing is a type of social engineering attack often used to steal user data, including login credentials and credit card numbers. It occurs when an attacker, masquerading as a trusted entity, dupes a victim into opening an email, instant message, or text message. …An attack can have devastating results.

Don’t access personal or financial data with public Wi-Fi.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people check their bank accounts or make purchases with a credit card while using public Wi-Fi. It’s best to do those things on a secure connection.

Turn off anything you don’t need.

Hackers can use certain features on your phone to get at your information, location, or connection. So, instead of keeping your GPS, wireless connection, and geo-tracking on all the time, turn them on when you need them.

Choose your apps wisely.

Only download apps from trustworthy sources that have established a good reputation. Make sure you update your software and apps regularly and get rid of old apps you don’t use.

Be skeptical about links and attachments.

If you’re not sure about the source, don’t use the link or open the attachment.

Trace or erase.

Make sure your data is secure if your mobile device is stolen or lost. You can set up your device to lock itself after a pre-set number of failed log-in attempts.

I hope this was helpful and thank you all for always supporting me.