Facebook is one of the social networking sites that let people connect easily with their loved ones, family, and friends. Not only it is free and easy to use, but it also offers business owners services such as pages, groups, and marketplace to name a few, to help them reach their potential customers and grow their businesses.
Facebook also has all of its users’ sensitive data, such as messages, media files, friends, and contact list so Facebook needs to protect this data at all costs.
But what if, although Facebook did its best to protect the data of its users, unauthorized users are still compromising the data of one of the users due to the weak implementation of security at the end of the account owner? Are you prepared, as an account owner, to contain and eradicate the threat of having a compromised account?
That being said, the aforementioned consequences of having a compromised account are serious as an unauthorized user has taken over an account and can do bad things for the account owner ‘s behalf.
Examples of these are:
- Unauthorized users can modify the hacked account details and make it their own.
- Post or upload unexpected items for the account they hacked
- Identity Theft
- Access hacked account’s private messages
- Leakage of sensitive data
So, how can you protect your Facebook account so you can avoid these consequences?
Here are some powerful and useful tips for securing your Facebook account.
Use a unique and complex password
This is the most obvious way to achieve a secure account because it prevents attackers from taking over your Facebook account.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
By enabling two-factor authentication, unauthorized users would be prevented from accessing your account because they would need to enter a unique code from an authenticator or SMS that you used to register 2FA when they entered the valid password.
To enable 2FA on your account please follow this Facebook Help Center guide.
Do not share your login credentials with others
For some reason, some users still share their login credentials with others. But we encourage you to stop sharing your credentials for security purposes and just keep them to yourself.
Use Password Manager
Using a password manager is great for users who have a lot of accounts on different social media platforms since it would allow them to generate and save passwords to a safe and secure database. Moreover, users just need to memorize one password to access their passwords.
These are the password managers we advise you to use:
Just add friends that you know
By adding only friends that you are familiar with, your risk of being a targeted victim would be reduced.
Take Facebook’s Privacy Checkup
Facebook’s Privacy Checkup feature will guide you to configure your privacy and security settings so your details are only shared with you or your friends.
Be aware of phishing sites related to Facebook
Phishing sites are commonly used by attackers to harvest their victims’ credentials. Always check the URL and just close and block the person whoever sent you a Phishing link if you smell that something is fishy.
Do not save your login credentials to shared computers
If available, we encourage you to uncheck the “Remember me” box and opt-out if you are using a shared device to save your account to the browser.
Occasionally log out all of your Facebook session
Please refer to this guide on how to log out of Facebook on a different computer, phone, or tablet.
If this guide has helped you secure your Facebook account, please let us know. We hope you’ve learned new tips and tricks that you can share with your peers today.