There are several measures you can take to ensure your Facebook account- as well as your personal information – is safe from online hackers. Implement several of these quick processes today to increase your profile’s security in no time.
Enable Login Notifications
Facebook offers the option to receive notifications every time your account has been logged into. This is a great way to ensure you’re instantly aware that someone else has accessed your account, allowing you to quickly change your password information before they do too much damage.
Visit the Security tab in your Account Settings to enable these login notifications.
Change Your Password at Least Once Per Month
Although it may seem like a pain to constantly change your password, rest assured its less painful than trying to recover your stolen account! Come up with a system that works well for you; one idea is to use Lastpass or other secure password logging site. Be sure your passwords are strong by including at least one capitol letter, a number, and a symbol.
Tip: think of 10 of your favorite animals and 10, 2-digit number combinations for easy and fun new passwords! Always avoid predictable passwords such as your nickname, or date of birth.
Keep Your Accounts Separate
Avoid using the same login information for each of your online accounts. This means varying your user name and passwords for your Facebook, email accounts, online banking and more.
To stay organized, create an Excel document that is password protected and keep track of all of your account information there.
Know Your Contacts
Because of it’s fun, social nature, it’s easy to forget that Facebook is susceptible to hackers and criminals like any other online website. In order to ensure you’re not opening up your account to untrustworthy individuals, only communicate with people you know in person. Avoid accepting friend requests from people you are not familiar with. Another red flag is someone who tries to friend request you when you have zero friends in common. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
In addition, beware of additional friend requests from people you are already friends with. Recently there has been an increase in spammers creating duplicate accounts for existing Facebook users, to trick their friends and family into accepting their friendship request and then send them spammy links online.
Don’t Fall for Clickbait!
We’ve all seen the fun trivia games and new applications on our newsfeeds that promise to tell us what state we’re meant to live in, how many kids we will have, and the meaning of our first name. Although enticing, stay away from interacting with any third party apps. Once you’ve clicked on any of these links, you’re not on Facebook’s website anymore and you’re susceptible to being hacked.
Also, often times these applications secretly install add-ons and other hidden features to your computer, without you knowing. Although they may be harmless, it’s simply not worth the risk.
Looking for More Tips to Stay Secure on Facebook?
Explore the following resources today:
- Facebook.com’s 6 Security Tips
- Meet the Facebook Security Team
- Facebook’s Community Support Message Board
- RicksDailyTips.com: "How to prevent your Facebook account from getting hacked"
- TechWorm’s "Step-by-step guide for you to secure your Facebook account against hackers"