How to Protect Facebook Account from Getting Hacked

Posted on November 4, 2012 by
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This is something extremely valuable for all facebook users since all of us use Facebook. How do we protect our Facebook account from being hacked? How do we secure our identity in the evolving social networking society? Read on to learn about it.

Enable Securing Browsing
First, you must ensure that your connection to Facebook is secure. Look at the address bar on the top of your web browser for the URL of the Facebook page that you are in. If it starts with ‘http’, then your connection is not securing you must have ‘https’ connection, which will encrypt, your data flow back and forth websites and your browser.

For this, follow these steps:

  • On the drop-down menu of your account in the upper right corner, click on Account Settings.
  • Click on the Security tab on the far left to view security settings.
  • Click on Secure Browsing and tick the check box ‘Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible’.

Enable Login Notifications
Tracking how and when you login to your Facebook will tell you when there is an unauthorized access or breach of your account security. For this, you should keep the devices you are using to access your Facebook account. When you log in from those devices, and once you have done you will be notified to your email account in case someone logs in to your account without you know it.

Follow these steps:

  • From the drop-down menu of your account in the upper right corner, click on Account Settings.
  • Click on the Security tab on the left to view security settings.
  • Click on Login Notifications and check the checkbox Email to receive email notifications.
  • You can check the Text Message/Push Notification to receive it as an SMS or push message.

Caution:
This method works only if you use the devices from which you normally access your Facebook account.

Regularly Change Your Passwords
Remembering your passwords is a difficult thing and most people never change it. However, changing your password regularly will make your Facebook account more secure and there is no second word on that.

Follow these steps:

  1. On the drop-down menu of your account in the upper right corner, click on Account Settings.
  2. Click on the General tab on the left to see General Account Settings.
  3. Click on Password and type in your past and new passwords.

Caution:
Do not forget your password. If you do, you can click on Forgot Password in the login page in case the login failed. You will receive a link to change password on your email ID with which you can login to your account and make it secured over!

Adjust Privacy Settings
You can customize your Facebook privacy settings to determine what all information you share with your friends and who all want you to view your posts and comments.

Follow these steps:

  1. On the drop-down menu of your account in the upper right corner, click on Privacy Settings.
  2. It is recommended to set your default privacy to Friends.
  3. You can block people or apps using the Manage Blocking link.
  4. You can control what information games, apps, websites, and ads can access also.

Caution:
Use these settings with caution as sometimes tightening the privacy settings too much may ruin your app usage and overall Facebook experience.

Some final comments:

  • Never click on suspicious links or use deceitful games and apps.
  • Do not give your login details to anybody or any website. Do not write it down anywhere.
  • Facebook will never send you email asking about your personal information or passwords.
  • Use a strong password a combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers and special characters. Use at least six characters long passwords.
  • Sign in to your account from trusted devices only. Always remember to log out.
  • Link a second email account to your Facebook account.
  • Keep your email ID hidden from public. This is because most hackers use your email account to get to your Facebook information.
  • Login should always be done from the Facebook website only.
  • Add only friends and people you know to your Friend list.

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