Protection of your social media accounts

Mr. Neeraj Soni
Mr. Neeraj Soni
Researcher - Policy & Advocacy, CyberPeace
Oct 12, 2023


In the interconnected world of social networking and the digital landscape, social media users have faced some issues like hacking. Hence there is a necessity to protect your personal information and data from scammers or hackers. In case your email or social media account gets hacked, there are mechanisms or steps you can utilise to recover your email or social media account. It is important to protect your email or social media accounts in order to protect your personal information and data on your account. It is always advisable to keep strong passwords to protect your account and enable two-factor authentication as an extra layer of protection. Hackers or bad actors can take control of your account, they can even change the linked mail ID or Mobile numbers to take full access to your account.

Recent Incident

Recently, a US man's Facebook account was deleted or disabled by Facebook. He has sued Facebook and initiated a legal battle. He has contended that there was no violation of any terms and policy of the platform, and his account was disabled. In the first instance, he approached the platform. However, the platform neglected his issue then he filed a suit, where the court ordered Facebook's parent company, Meta, to pay $50,000 compensation, citing ignorance of the tech company. 

Social media account recovery using the ‘Help’ Section

If your Facebook account has been disabled, when you log in to your account, you will see a text saying that your account is disabled. If you think that your account is disabled by mistake, in such a scenario, you can make a request to Facebook to ‘review’ its decision using the help centre section of the platform. To recover your social media account, you can go to the “Help” section of the platform where you can fix a login problem and also report any suspicious activity you have faced in your account. 

Best practices to stay protected

  1. Strong password: Use strong and unique passwords for your email and all social media accounts.
  2. Privacy settings: You can utilise the privacy settings of the social media platform, where you can set privacy as to who can see your posts and who can see your contact information, and you can also keep your social media account private. You might have noticed a few accounts on which the user's name is unusual and isn’t one which you recognise. The account has few or no friends, posts, or visible account activity.
  3. Avoid adding unknown users or strangers to your social networking accounts: Unknown users might be scammers who can steal your personal information from your social media profiles, and such bad actors can misuse that information to hack into your social media account. 
  4. Report spam accounts or posts: If you encounter any spam post, spam account or inappropriate content, you can report such profile or post to the platform using the reporting centre. The platform will review the report and if it goes against the community guidelines or policy of the platform. Hence, recognise and report spam, inappropriate, and abusive content.
  5. Be cautious of phishing scams: As a user, we encounter phishing emails or links, and phishing attacks can take place on social media as well. Hence, it is important that do not open any suspicious emails or links. On social media, ‘Quiz posts’ or ‘advertisement links’ may also contain phishing links, hence, do not open or click on such unauthenticated or suspicious links.


We all use social media for connecting with people, sharing thoughts, and lots of other activities. For marketing or business, we use social media pages. Social media offers a convenient way to connect with a larger community. We also share our personal information on the platform. It becomes important to protect your personal information, your email and all your social media accounts from hackers or bad actors. Follow the best practices to stay safe, such as using strong passwords, two-factor authentication, etc. Hence contributing to keeping your social media accounts safe and secure.


Oct 12, 2023
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