Unfortunately, that’s probably not the case. As we take more and more of our activities online, our list of security requirements grows right along with it.
Even if you’ve taken extra steps to protect your email and Twitter accounts, you could still be leaving yourself vulnerable in more unexpected places, such as on music streaming sites.
We’ve already walked you through how to secure your Spotify account. But what if you’re an online radio listener? To ensure you have all the tools you need for online protection, we’ve compiled tips below on how to secure your Pandora account.
Make A Unique Password
If you’re still at the beginning of your cybersecurity journey, it’s important to start with the basics. While it’s commonplace for people to use one password for all their online account, it’s one of the easiest ways to leave yourself vulnerable. If a hacker figures out your password for one site, that person can then easily gain access to all of your accounts, which can have information like your email or physical addresses and financial details.
To keep your Pandora — or any other account — secure, create a unique password that is used specifically just for that account. This way, breaches for any of your other sites can’t suddenly extend to all of them.
Make Your Profile Private
Pandora gives you the option to restrict viewers on your Pandora profile page. To do this from a computer, choose “Settings” and then “Account.” Scroll down to Profile Settings and select “Private.”
From a mobile device, go to “Settings,” then Privacy, then go to the Pandora Profile section. There’s a switch you can change from “On,” which makes your profile public, to “Off,” rendering it private.
Disconnect From Social Media
Making your profile private disables your account’s connection to Facebook. However, if you’d like to keep your profile public, you can still specifically disconnect from Social Media accounts.
On your computer, click “Settings,” “Account” and scroll down to the “Social” section. From there you can choose to disconnect from both Facebook and Twitter.
To disconnect from Facebook with a mobile device, head to the menu icon and click “Settings,” then “Privacy.” Find the switch that says “Publish to Facebook” and choose “Off.”
[Want to know how to use your mobile phone to increase your overall security? Check out this article.]
Turn Off Notifications
You can opt to keep your inbox secure from unwanted notifications by preventing Pandora from contacting you about offers and updates. To do this on your computer, head to “Settings,” and then “Notifications.” You’ll see toggle switches allowing you to receive notifications both from Pandora and from Artists. To keep your inbox clean, toggle both to “Off.”
Always Log Out
Finalize your security precautions by taking the simple step of logging out of your account any time you use Pandora on a device others can access. Leaving yourself logged in at a library or on a friend’s computer or phone can easily leave your account vulnerable, even if you’ve taken all the aforementioned security steps. To log out of your account, click the icon with your photo on it and then “Sign out.”
Online music accounts have revolutionized the way we listen to music. But with new opportunities come new responsibilities. Take the steps above to keep your Pandora account secure and enjoy the relaxation of safe listening!