• Sumo

Well for starters you should change your password at least every three months or so and secondly, don’t share your password to anyone or write it anywhere.

That’s it.

(Yeah, thanks Captain Obvious.)

Okay, just kidding.

Apart from those tips above, here are my two cents on keeping your Facebook Account well and protected from intruders:

  1. Set your Facebook Security settings. Once you login, go to the menu (the rightmost button at the upper right hand corner of the screen) and click Account Settings then click Security in the menu at the left panel. Here you will find some cool features Facebook has that can help you protect your account from intruders:
    • Secure Browsing – Be sure to enable this feature. What it does is it encrypts data while you are browsing Facebook. This makes it harder for anyone to intercept your information while online. This feature is not yet available to mobile browsing though.
    • Login Notifications – Once enabled, you will receive notifications whenever your Facebook account is accessed from a new device. You can opt to be notified via email or text message.
    • App Passwords – If you are always using apps on Facebook, this is a useful tool to protect them by assigning a password to each app. Click here to know more about App Passwords.
    • Recognized Devices – These are the devices that your Facebook account recognizes as legitimate. This works with the Login Notifications feature.
    • Active Sessions – It shows you the most recent times you accessed your Facebook account. This is a very useful tool to monitor where and when your account was used. It also enables you to end an active session – meaning you can log out from a device to which account was left logged on. Pretty neat huh? Click here for my post about Facebook Active Sessions
  2. Prawn.

    Be cautious when clicking links posted by your friends. Links with malicious script or “Facebook viruses” as they call them appear every once in a while in the news feed. This kind of link can be easily spotted. It lures the person to click the link with pornographic, violent or morbid images. Once clicked, it triggers a script that automatically shares the same link, usually with inappropriate content, to your friends. When I see friends that fall for this, I honestly can’t help but laugh -“Hey, there are literally thousands of pr0n sites out there and Facebook isn’t one of them.” Thus, their perversions are made public in what approximately is, all people they know. Don’t be one of them.

  3. Only use trusted apps with good user feedback. Remember that every time you choose to use an app in Facebook a prompt usually pops up and requests that your information be collected. I for one rarely (if not at all) use Facebook apps solely for this reason. Come to think of it, a huge part of all Facebook apps are literally useless (example: “Temperament Quiz: Find your temperament!” … why?).
  4. As much as possible, don’t display your primary email address. Or better yet, don’t share your profile other than your friends. If you are (or think you are) a celebrity or a person with much public relations, you can use Facebook Pages instead. If you have subscription enabled, don’t spill sensitive information to your subscribers.
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