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Don’t access FB, Twitter using free Wifi, says Maharashtra govt

A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked, the inspector-general’s office (cyber) of the state government has issued an advisory for people on what can be done to avoid hackers while using social platforms.

mumbai Updated: Dec 02, 2016 00:25 IST
Faisal Malik
The inspector-general’s office (cyber) of the state government has issued an advisory for people on what can be done to avoid hackers while using social platforms.
The inspector-general’s office (cyber) of the state government has issued an advisory for people on what can be done to avoid hackers while using social platforms.

A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was hacked, the inspector-general’s office (cyber) of the state government has issued an advisory for people on what can be done to avoid hackers while using social platforms. One of the major suggestions that it made was to avoid using social media accounts from public Wifi systems.

The advisory issued by Brijesh Singh, special inspector-general, Cyber and Prevention of Atrocities against Women, says that social media was becoming an integral part of life and what people posted reflected their organisations too. The advisory advocates the enabling of login verification (eg two factor authentications). “This is the best action to increase your account security immediately and use a strong password,” said the advisory. “Change your password on a periodic basis if you use the social media accounts from public computers. Do take care to log off after use. It further suggested the use of a password manager to make sure you’re using strong passwords , as social media accounts are handled by multiple users.