For some people, Facebook has become a part of their daily lives. It is where they interact with their friends and loved ones. It is where they post about their lives. Now, if your Facebook account gets accessed by hackers, it will be a true nightmare. Depending on what the hackers do, it may have humiliating outcomes or may even cost you money. And this is why it is a must to secure Facebook account .Before doing anything, if you suspect that your account has been hacked, the first thing to do is to change your password. Follow this article to learn some tips on how to boost Facebook account security.
Create strong password to secure Facebook account- Tip 1
Your password is the key to your account, so the wise thing is to do create a strong one so that no one can easily guess or crack it.
It is advisable to choose a password which is different from the password of your other accounts such as, email, blog, etc. To change your password, go to Account Settings > General > Password.
A strong password is a combination of capital and small letters as well as numbers and symbols.
It is also recommended that you change your password every six months. And never share your Facebook password with anyone.
Try not to use “remember password” feature in web browser and do not enter your password on not trusted computers.
Another way to secure Facebook account is to uncheck “keep me logged in box“. In this way you will be asked to enter your email and password every time you want to log in; which is of course more secure.
Confirm your mobile number – Tip 2
One of the ways to boost security on your Facebook account is by confirming your mobile number. If you forget your password, Facebook will help you to retrieve it via an SMS to your mobile number.
To add your mobile number, go to Account Settings > Mobile and click on Add a Phone. Then select your country and mobile carrier and click on next. Now all you need to do is to follow the instructions to register your mobile number.
The mobile number will help you when you get locked out of your account.
Activate secure browsing – Tip 3
Secure browsing option on Facebook allows you to limit all external applications that are integrated with Facebook. This will prevent access to your personal information without your knowledge or approval.
To start using secure browsing, from the top right corner of your account, go to Account Settings. Select Security and from the Secure Browsing section, click on Edit. ‘Check’ the box Browse Facebook on a secure connection then click on the Save Changes button.
This feature is the best if you wish to secure Facebook account.
Activate ‘Login Approvals’ – Tip 4
This extra security feature offered to you by Facebook requires you to enter a security code every time you log in from an unrecognized device.
To activate Login Approvals, go to Account Settings > Security, look for Login Approvals and click on the Edit button. Tick the check box to activate Login Approval. In the popup window, click on Set Up Now.
Now Facebook will automatically send you a code via SMS. Enter the code in the given box and click on Submit Code and click Next to continue.
End previous active sessions – Tip 5
This extremely handy feature of Facebook allow you to see all your previous active sessions. You can check where you have logged on from and through which devices.
Now, to secure Facebook account using this feature, from Account Settings > Security page, find ‘Active Sessions‘ and click on Edit.
In this part you will see a list of all of your previous active sessions. Click on the link ‘End Activity‘ to end the activities from other devices.
Besides all the mentioned tips, always remember to log out after you have used your account. Also, be extra cautious about suspicious links and never enter your password in such links.
By taking all the mentioned tips into consideration, you can feel sure that you have a secure Facebook account. And always remember to log out. By logging out you will ensure your account security in case your device is lost or stolen.
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