How to Secure Your Snapchat Account
If you believe your Snapchat account has been hacked, you must first secure the account before determining how it was hacked.
As soon as possible, log into Snapchat and change your password, then enable two-factor authentication for added security.
- From here, you can access Snapchat.
- If your password is still valid, you should change it right away.
- If you’ve already changed your password, click the Forgot Password link to reset it.
- Unfortunately, if your recovery email or phone number has been changed, there isn’t much you can do to get your account back. Before the hacker can get this far, Snapchat notifies you of changes to your account. To protect your account, it’s critical to keep this information up to date.
Enable two-factor authentication once you’ve changed your password to something complex but memorable or used your password manager to come up with something good.
The login process will now include either an Authenticator App step or SMS verification. You’ll have to enter a code from the app or an SMS message to log in from now on. It’s an extra step, but it makes it nearly impossible for a hacker to gain access to your account without your phone.
Once your Snapchat account is safe, look into how they obtained your personal information. Make sure your email is secure, don’t leave your phone or device unattended, and use unique passwords for each account, as well as two-factor authentication whenever possible.
Understanding how the hacker gained access will help you prevent further intrusion. Following these steps will ensure the hacker is locked out for good, whether your email was compromised or someone close to you figured out your password.
Here are some general recommendations to keep your Snapchat and other social media accounts more secure:
- Your password should be at least 8 characters long.
- Make use of a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Make use of a mix of upper and lower case letters.
- When trying to guess your password, avoid using common words or phrases because hacker programs can easily go through the entire dictionary.
- Do not use your birthday or any other personal information, as it is very likely that the hacker already has personal information about you.
- Do not reuse passwords across multiple accounts because this allows a hacker to access multiple accounts at the same time.
- To keep track of your Snapchat and other account passwords, use a password manager like 1Password or LastPass.
The Bottom Line
Hackers use a variety of devious techniques to gain access to users’ social media accounts, and once they do, they have a lot of power over your personal data.
You can keep your Snapchat account and personal information safe by following the tips in this article to secure it.
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