You may think of your email or primary social media sites like Twitter and Facebook as the only accounts requiring measured cybersecurity. But in reality, almost any platform you use can leave your information or data vulnerable.
One extremely popular application that users may overlook taking extra security precautions with is Spotify, even though the site has had publicized breach issues. Luckily, there are actions you can take to increase protection of your account.
Below, we’ve compiled tips to increase security of your Spotify account, and to protect your listening behaviors and history from other users, if that’s what you prefer.
Don’t Connect Through Facebook
Spotify gives users the option to create an account by connecting through Facebook or by signing up with an email address. Facebook sign-in has potential benefits: it’s simple, and if you’re interested in the social networking elements of Spotify, you easily can share information about your listening habits with your Facebook friends.
However, linking the two platforms could increase security risk, leaving your Facebook information potentially more vulnerable. PR Management Consultant Jane Blume told Tom’s Guide that using Facebook sign-in options for Spotify or other websites heightens risk for identity theft.
“It gives the websites access not only to my personal information, but to information about everyone I’m connected to,” she said. “I don’t want their [my Facebook friends’] privacy invaded without their consent. I work very hard to protect myself from identity theft.”
When creating your account from the Spotify Sign Up Page, choose the option to sign up with an email address, as opposed to a Facebook account.
Use A Unique Password
Once you’ve chosen to create a Spotify account through email instead of Facebook, you’ll still have to create a password for your account.
It’s tempting to use one go-to password for all of your sites so you don’t have to keep track of a list of different login credentials. However, as we’ve mentioned before — on numerous occasions — this is not the greatest idea when it comes to security.
Using the same password for all of your different sites increases the potential for your account to get compromised. If hackers obtain your password from one insecure site, they can then gain access to all your other accounts as well, including Spotify.
Instead, choose a unique password just for Spotify to keep unwanted visitors out of your account.
Don’t let the hard work you’ve gone through securing your account get undermined by forgetting to do this simple step that takes a second or two.
If you use your Spotify account on any device other than your own — a friend’s phone, a library computer, etc. — make sure to log out at the end of your session.
Otherwise, anyone who later uses that device can easily gain access to your account and potentially obtain your sensitive information.
Hide Spotify Activity
Aside from securing your account itself, there’s also the issue of protecting your Spotify activity from unwanted eyes. Without making specific privacy adjustments, people who follow you on the platform can see information about your listening habits.
You might want people to see your listening habits. Most people might. But if you don’t, go to the Social section of your Spotify settings. From there, you can make all your Spotify playlists automatically private, prevent your listening choices from appearing on public feeds, and hide your most listened-to artists.
Make Private Playlists
If you’d like to keep some of your activity public but still have some for-your-eyes-only listening, you can make private playlists. To do this, right click your playlist and select “Make Secret.”
Sometimes you just want to listen to some tunes — without making any public declarations of your tastes. With these tips, you can bolster the security of your account from any hackers, and protect your Spotify habits from other users.