Facebook is arguably the most popular social networking site, currently having 1.79 billion active accounts. Your Facebook account holds a lot of personal information, which can be misused by a hacker. So, it is imperative that you keep your account safe and secure.
- Create a strong password:
A strong password, 12 – 16 character long consisting of an alphanumeric combination with one or more symbols is ideal for all types of private accounts like Facebook. The more complicated your password is, the harder it is for a hacker to simply guess it. Do read our blog on “Tips for setting up a secure password” for further details.
- Setup login alerts:
It is recommended that you activate login alerts from the Security options. This will send an alert to your registered mobile and email whenever your account is logged in from an unrecognized device.
- Enable login approvals:
You should use this option to set up a 2 key authentication system. If you enable this option, you will have to enter a code sent to your registered mobile every time you attempt to login to your account from an unrecognized (new) device. This will make it difficult for hackers to hack your account without having access to your mobile.
- Configure your privacy settings:
Nowadays, there are increasing number of reports regarding identity theft in Facebook. A person basically steals all your information, including picture and sets up a fake account in a same or different name, identical to yours. To prevent this from happening, you can go the privacy option in Facebook settings, and set it as Friends or Custom.
- Avoid using public / shared computers:
Whenever you are using a public or shared computer to login to your Facebook account, there is always a possibility that someone might have installed a key logger or a spyware to steal your details. So, it is best if you only use your personal computer to access your account.
- Avoid unsecure public Wi-Fi:
Unsecured public Wi-Fi is like a minefield, filled with hackers trying to sniff your information using various means like “Man in the Middle Attack”. When you connect to such a Wi-Fi, the connection in unencrypted, and so anybody with the right technology, can access all the communication between your computer and the modem. So, when you enter your Facebook ID and password, the information is easily obtained by a hacker.
Read our Blog on “5 ways your email account can be hacked” for more information.
- Monitor your active sessions:
There is an option under security, where all your active sessions are stored. Please check to see if someone else is currently logged into your account at any given time. As soon as you see an unfamiliar active session, immediately click on “End Activity” link.
There are some other things you should remember:
- Log out of your account regularly.
- Change your password frequently.
- Use a proper anti-virus software like “AVG“ to keep your system safe from Malware that can steal your credentials.
- Avoid clicking on unsafe links in your timeline, or sent through private messages.
- Do not login to your account through any site, except facebook.com to avoid getting phished.