How to Protect Your Tumblr Account from HackersDilsu Tanal
What do you use your Tumblr account for? Is it a personal blog or a business social media? Either way, it’s very important to ensure that unwanted people do not have access to your account! Hackers are constantly sending you spam and trying to trick you. You can prevent yourself and your account from spam notifications or other “inappropriate messages” by completing a few simple actions described in this article. Here’s how to protect your Tumblr account from hackers!
How to Protect Your Tumblr Account from Hackers: Previous Attacks
More than 6,000 people were tricked by the big December 3 Tumblr Hack. The virus spread to the accounts of the users who clicked on a malicious post. While the Great Tumblr Hack on December 3 seems to be over, the whole event raised another issue: the security of Tumblr accounts. How can you get the best protection for your account from day one? What can you do to prevent possible account scamming and hackers?
How to Protect Your Tumblr Account from Hackers?
1. Make Sure Your Tumblr Account Has a Strong Password
Your password should be unique and created for Tumblr only. Using the same password on multiple websites poses a huge security risk. Do not use any passwords or popular phrases containing your name or date of birth. This makes it easy for any hacker to gain access to your account.
2. Log Out When You are Done
Tumblr users that protected themselves from the famous attack were the ones that logged out of their accounts. But unfortunately the users that left their computer without logging out of their account faced serious issues. It is quite convenient to login to Tumblr or any other social networking site. Of course, entering your username and password every time you enter the site can be cumbersome. But logging out helps prevent problems like phishing attacks. This goes without saying, but when you’re done using public computers, log out of everything. Take a few seconds for the warning “Are you going to log out?” before automatically closing all windows.
3. Activate the “Notify by Email” Option
In your Tumblr account settings, you’ll find the “Notify Me about Account Activity by Email” setting. When this is enabled, you will be notified of any strange activity in your account. And you can respond immediately if your account is about to get hacked.
4. Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication means that your password is not enough to get into the account. One more step is required to sign in to your Tumblr account to ensure it is more secure. To use “Two-Factor-Authentication” you will need a mobile phone or an authentication app recommended by Tumblr. These apps are available for free on Google Play and App Store. After downloading the app, you will need to enter the code sent to you. You will use this app every time you log into your account from a new device. Each code is single use, so you will be able to control account logins that you are not aware of.
5. Do Not Click on Unknown Posts
One reason Tumblr hacking spread so quickly was because it had a clickbait title with such captivating text. You couldn’t stop clicking the malicious link. Be careful if anything looks strange in your feed or if you can’t stop clicking on it. Copy the title of the text or link and type it into Google. Many hackers want to target large numbers of people, so you probably won’t be the first to see the ad. If you notice that the entire message’s title appears word for word, this is a red signal.
Consider also the user who reblogged the content. Is this something he would normally share? If someone doesn’t put anything other than animated Lana Del Rey GIFs on your friends list every day, the sudden change of content to “Dear Tumblr users” are some of the signals that their account has been hacked and they can reach you at any time. You should also educate yourself not to be tricked. Our Awareness Educator is here to help you. We offer lots of training content in various languages. Be sure to check out our tool by clicking here.
6. Check Your Active Sessions Regularly on Browser and Mobile
Click “Active Sessions” and scroll down in your account settings. Here’s a list of browsers that have accessed your Tumblr account in the last 30 days. You’ll also see mobile browser usage in this list, but unfortunately it’s not available on Tumblr. Click the X at the end of each item to remove an active session.