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Just like those annoying telemarketing and robo calls, hackers are just as annoying and can do quite a bit of damage to a person or business's reputation in a matter of seconds. When it comes to social media and our individual accounts, we have to take steps to secure each of them and not become a victim of a hacker.

The Bullard Police Department's Facebook page was just that early this morning, a victim because a hacker was able to gain access to the department's page through one of their administrator's accounts.

According to the department, for a while, there was an 'extremely explicit video' that was uploaded to the Bullard Police Department's Facebook page. Once notified of the video the department took immediate action to remove it. They realized that one of the administrators of the page's personal account had been compromised and the hackers were having their way with every page they had access to.

Bullard Police Chief, Jeff Bragg said in a press release,

The Bullard Police Department will always strive to maintain the highest security regarding social media websites and platforms; therefore, a review of our policies and procedures as well as a thorough administrative inquiry are being conducted in an attempt to alleviate this type of incident from ever occurring again."

Chief Bragg goes on to say that cybercrimes are on the rise in America and according to the University of Maryland, a cybercrime happens every 36 seconds.

In 4 easy things you can do to prevent yourself from being a cybercrime victim:

  • Implement multi-factor authentication on your accounts and make it significantly less likely you’ll get hacked.
  • Update your software. In fact, turn on automatic updates.
  • Think before you click. More than 90% of successful cyber-attacks start with a phishing email.
  • Use strong passwords, and ideally a password manager to generate and store unique passwords. (CISA)

Protect yourself and stay safe online to not become the victim of a cybercrime.

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