From checking the billing records for your farm office to logging in to your email blast account, browser-based software program tools are commonplace. Social logins, such as Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, are emerging as a tool to quickly log in to a variety of programs and tools used online every day.
This means that when you set up a new account, the program prompts you to enter an existing social media login or email account login to set up your profile. Although it may seem like an easy way to set up an account, I recommend you always create a unique username and email address. Here's why:
I signed what?! When you use a social media login such as Facebook, you could be signing a terms of service that releases information about you to those companies.
Avoid a Nuisance. You could be allowing the program to post to your profile, send you emails or send emails to others in your address list.
Easy Access for Thieves. Someone can steal your social media password. Thieves and hackers are tricky, and it has happened to all of us… you may not even be aware of it. If your password is stolen, you have also provided access to a multitude of other accounts that use social login.
Be Unique. If you use the same passwords for all accounts and someone steals your account information, you may inadvertently provide access to your email account that includes private business or financial information.
What should you do? When presented with the option to utilize a social media login, opt to create a username and password instead. I recommend that you use different usernames when possible and always use unique passwords.
I utilize a free tool called LastPass to secure my password information and LastPass also creates unique passwords. There is also a premium option that costs $12.00 per year. LastPass secures all of your password information for you so you do not forget!
The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.