How to protect your Facebook Account

Facebook has become a part of everyone’s life. Almost every individual is there on facebook today. But very few people understand that the most important part of facebook account is security. In this post I will share some tips on how to protect your facebook account from getting hacked. This post will help you to increase the over all security of your facebook account. And i hope you enjoy this post. So lets begin ..

 

 

#1. Enable HTTPS on your Profile

First let me tell you the difference between HTTPS and HTTP. Normally you visit your facebook account or any other website on the HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol). While HTTPS means Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure.

HTTP URL’s begin with “http://” and uses the port 80 by default while HTTPS URL’s begin with “https://” and uses the port 443 by default.

HTTP is very much insecure and is prone to eaves dropping (in simple terms prone to man-in-the-middle). So if you are transferring a sensitive information using HTTP from local computer to remote computer or vice versa then your information is prone to leak. But HTTPS is designed in such a manner that it can withstand all such man-in-the-middle attacks.

Now to enable HTTPS on facebook, just follow these steps :

  1. Go to Facebook Account Settings.
  2. Click on Security Tab.
  3. Select Secure Browsing.
  4. Tick the “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible‘ option.
  5. click save changes.

#2 Third Party Apps Permissions

Most facebook users use facebook apps. But have you noticed a thing that you have to grant permission to the apps before you can use them. But very few are aware of the fact that these permissions endure even after we stop using that particular app. And this can be really a huge risk for your facebook account. These permitted third party apps can access all your personal information and use it the way they want. They can’t be trusted. Even the fact that you have to Disable HTTPS for using a Facebook App is enough to make you realize how dangerous these apps can be. So I recommend you to remove the granted permissions from the Apps which you no longer use.

#3 Mobile Notifications

There is a feature on facebook which allows you to receive text notifications whenever your facebook account is accessed from a unknown device. For eg. When you log in from your computer, facebook will ask you to enter a name for your device. Just enter the name and log in. Then facebook will send a text notification to your mobile stating that X device has logged in to your account at xyz time. The next time you log in from the same computer, facebook wont send a text notification. Because facebook as already added your device as the ‘known’ device. But if some other device tries to log into your account, facebook will immediately send a text notification to your mobile stating that a unknown device has logged into your account at xyz time. 

To enable facebook log in notifications just follow these steps :

  1. Go to Facebook Account Settings.
  2. Click on Security Tab.
  3. Select Login Notifications.
  4. Tick Text Message/Push Notification.
  5. Click save changes.

#4 Email Address

I recommend you guys to have two separate email addresses, one which can be used with facebook while other for your secure accounts. Like the one which you use with your Paypal account or for any other sensitive information should not be used with facebook. Because just in case if your facebook account gets compromised, then even the email address which you use with facebook possess a high risk of getting hacked.

#5 Security Question

You can set a Facebook account security question to increase the over all security of your facebook account. The answer to this security question will just remain with you. Just in case if a hacker tried to gain access to your account, he will have to answer this security question. So i recommend you to never to share the answer to your security question with anyone – i mean absolutely no-one but you yourself must know the answer.

If you want to set up a security question just click here.

Note that, Once you set up a security question and the answer then after you cant change it. I don’t know if they (the facebook) allow us to change our security question in future or not. But presently we cannot change our security question once we set it up. So we have got only one chance to set it right.

So that’s why i told you not to share your security answer with anyone. Because you cant change your security question later. So keep it safe with you. Do not share it.

#6 Change Password Occasionally

Changing your facebook password occasionally helps you to strengthen the health of your password. This will incredibly minimize the chances of getting your account hacked. Trust me. Keep changing passwords regularly. In this way you can be sure that you are secure.

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4 Comments

  1. Swan

    One thing you failed to mention
    is taking advantage of their two-factor authentication which is dubbed Login
    Approvals. If you opt into Login Approvals, you will have to “Confirm your
    phone”. You would receive a text message with a specific code to be
    entered into the system. If you don’t want to do this every single time, you
    can designate your smartphone, PC, or tablet as a trusted device and they will
    allow you to telesign in without the text code. Should an attempt to login from
    an unrecognized device happen, it would not be allowed.

    Reply
    • Omkar Bhagat

      @63ac57a9b219f4fa8f74ccd1f848dfe0:disqus Oh yes. I forgot to mention it. Thanks for adding it. It will be helpful for the readers of this article. Thanks for commenting. Appreciated.

      Reply

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