For many of us, Facebook isn’t just a social media platform or another one of the many out there. It has become a way of life. Today an estimated 2.7 billion people use Facebook in the world and 16 million comes from Nigeria. A lot of people use this media service to connect with friends, share life’s stories with family, keep up with trends and information. So whether you come on to Facebook to promote your business or get connected with friends, to read the news or seek attention, you have an enemy at your doorstep potentially stopping you.
It is no news that the number of hacked accounts increasing daily has become worrisome, especially with the constant influx of people into internet fraud. Fraudsters scout for innocent attractive accounts and launch from there either by sending you a spam link or by nudging you to reveal your password. There are different ways a Facebook hacker gets into your account but all these are preventable when you take the right measures.
If you’ve been using Facebook for a few years, then you know your account contains a veritable treasure trove of information that thieves would just love to mine. It may go without saying, but firmly securing your Facebook account is going to go a long way towards protecting you from exposing a big chunk of your personal life to unsavoury elements.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR ACCOUNT SECURE
Choose a strong password
Let’s start with one of the most important things: PASSWORD. Your password is the first and often best security mechanism for keeping invaders at bay, so take care here. Make sure it is long (12 to 14 characters or longer), a mix of characters, and contains no personal information. Avoid including your name, birth date, pets, or common words in your password: make it difficult to guess.
Most importantly, though, don’t use this password anywhere else on the internet. You should use a different password for every single account you have, and ideally, they’d all be random strings of characters. That’s why using a password manager like LastPass is, by far, the best way to secure all your accounts.
You must be wary of attempts by others to obtain your password through nefarious methods. Don’t follow untrusted links, such as those sent in e-mails, that ask you to enter your password. Unsure of how to change your password? Use this guideline below.
Use Login Approvals
Believe it or not, a strong password is not enough to secure your account. These days, it’s just as important to turn on a security feature known as two–factor authentication—which Facebook calls “Login Approvals”.
The principle behind it is simple: You sign in with something you know (your password), and something you have, which is usually your phone. After entering your password, Facebook will send a code to your phone that you type in on the site, to confirm that you are who you say you are. That way, if someone found out your password, they still wouldn’t be able to log in without also having your phone. You can get this code as a text message.
This feature again, called “Login Approvals” on Facebook can be enabled from Settings > Security > Login Approvals. Check the box next to “Require a login code to access my account from unknown browsers”.
Next time you log in, you’ll be prompted for your approval code, which should be sent to your phone.
After entering your code, you will be asked if you want to store that browser so you don’t have to enter an approval code next time you log into Facebook using that browser.
This feature can be disabled at any time in the Login Approvals settings. We recommend, however, that you leave them on and get used to using them. It’s an essential security feature of just about every service these days.
Currently, Facebook boasts over 83 million fake accounts, looking to spread misinformation, spam or malicious links. Additionally, 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked into on a daily basis. That’s a whole lot of security risk.
Log Out After You Use Facebook
A very simple, yet extremely effective way of keeping out unwanted Facebook guests. When browsing the web on public devices such as at libraries, forgetting to log out of your Facebook account can prove very dangerous.
Confirm Your Mobile Number
Along with adding trusted contacts, confirming your mobile number is one of many ways to enhance your account security on Facebook. This way, even when you lose or forget your password, Facebook will be able to send you a new one via SMS.
To access this option, click on the gear button located at the top right-hand corner of your Facebook screen, followed by clicking “Account Settings”, then by clicking “Mobile” on the left-hand sidebar.
So there you have it, some of the most effective Facebook security tips which will greatly enhance your safety online. The importance of keeping your account safe in public spaces, as well as on your mobile devices is absolutely vital.
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