Over time there have been reports of Facebook security breaches and so many accounts have been hacked and pornographic contents have been shared on user’s profile pages, the recent security breaches on Facebook has given users concerns for their safety.
Note: There are two ways your account could get compromised, it’s either it’s your fault or Facebook’s. But while Facebook will be busy trying to fix such mistakes from their own end you as the user should also ensure some safety measures to secure your Facebook account and that is the essence of this article, to show you how you can secure your Facebook account from intruders and hackers.
Facebook is the number 1 social media website in the world and millions of users like you and I use it every day to share information and to socialize, sometimes sensitive information are shared via this medium and so ensuring out account’s safety is very important. Now let’s see how to keep our Facebook account safe…
Facebook Security Tips:
Use Strong Password: Your password is your first line of defense against invaders and intruders so you must ensure to create a very strong password for your Facebook account. Using simple names as password is not a good practice, try and create a password mixed up with upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols. Go to Account Settings > General > Password and change your password now to a stronger one if you want to keep your Facebook account safe from hackers.
Confirm your Phone Number on Facebook: Confirming your phone number on Facebook will help you enhance your account security on Facebook. This will help you stop anyone from changing your password on Facebook because Facebook will send you a new one only on the mobile number you added to your account. To add your phone number to Facebook, go to Account Settings > Mobile and click on Add a phone, select your country and choose your mobile carrier and click next. A confirmation code will be sent to your phone via SMS, enter it on the field where it is required on Facebook to confirm your mobile number. You will always find it useful any time you want to reactivate your account.
Always Log out after use: Always log out your Facebook account immediately after use except it’s your personal computer. Most people whose accounts have been compromised may have forgotten to log out their accounts after using a shared computer.
Secure your email: Your email is yet another way your Facebook account can be breached. If your email address is compromised, someone can request for your Facebook password to be sent to your compromised email and from there your Facebook account can be compromised. Use strong password for your email address and also remember to log out immediately after use especially when you use a shared PC.
Use Up-to-date Antivirus: Ensure your computer antivirus program is always up-to-date so as to prevent viruses or malwares from stealing your sensitive personal information that can be used to compromise your account. Such malicious programs can steal your valid cookies and stored passwords stored on your browser, so the only way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to always update your computer’s antivirus program.
Avoid the ’Keep Me Logged In’ Checkbox: Always avoid the keep me logged in checkbox on the login page of Facebook, ensure it is unchecked before you login to your Facebook account, especially if you are using a shared computer.
Activate Login Approvals and Login Notifications: Turning on your Facebook account’s login notification and login approval will give your account an extra security, each time you try to login to your Facebook account from another computer or mobile, you will be required to enter a special login code. Go to Security Settings page and click on Login Approvals/ Login Notification, check the box and save changes.
Note: You need to add your mobile number to receive notifications or the special login codes.
Add Security Question: Add a security question that only you know the answer to your Facebook account. This will help you verify your account if you ever lose access to your account. To add a security question go to Account Settings > Security > Security Question.
Do not give anyone your Password: Do not share your password with anyone; your account should always remain private. Keep your Facebook Password to yourself alone!
Keeping your Facebook account safe is mostly in your hands as Facebook has invested a lot of money trying to secure their business, the rest is on you to protect your account. If you follow all the guides listed above, be sure your Facebook account will not be easily compromised. Always remember there are people out there working day and night trying to gain access to our private information, let’s not make it any easy for them.