Monday, 22 July 2013

Some Important Tips to Secure your Facebook Account

Online security has become the most important thing in today’s date may it be for security for your online banking, mail or Facebook account. Facebook is the top social networking site today and most of us are having account in Facebook. So it is important for all of us to know about the security of our Facebook accounts. Here is a list of tips to secure your Facebook accounts to protect yourself from being hacked. Everybody should learn these tips to secure Facebook accounts.

Create strong password for your Facebook account

Passwords are the gateway to your any online accounts so you should be careful while choosing your password. Password can be easily broken by brute-force and hit and trial method if it is simple and weak. So you should always choose a strong password with a combination of letters, numbers, special characters and mix of lower and upper case letters. As much as possible create a complex password and remember not to create passwords from common words and names. Always remember if you do not have a strong password chances of being hacked is more irrespective of whatever security guidelines you follow. Strong and Complex password rule is applicable for any online account.

Enable Secure Https Connection for your Facebook account

Always use the https connection for your Facebook account. Https connections are tightly secured and cannot be tracked over network trace as the data sent and received are encrypted and no one can read those data. If you would like to know more about https you can also readwhat is Https, which will clarify all your doubts about https connection. If you don’t know how to enable https on Facebook you can also read this article How to enable Https on Facebook.

Enable one time password in login approval

One time passwords are more secured way to access your online accounts. Facebook also provides the feature of one time password. One time password is used only once and the next time if you would like to login to Facebook you will get another password. This one time password is valid only for 20 minutes. You need to register your mobile number with your Facebook account to use this feature.

Enable Login Notification for your Facebook account

Enable login notification for your Facebook account so that you will be notified whenever a successful login is made to your Facebook account. This is really useful if at any point of time your account is hacked, you can take a quick action if you are notified.

Log out of Facebook

Make sure that you log out of your Facebook session after every login. Most of the people close the browser instead of logging out of Facebook. But this may lead to your account being hacked because just by closing the browser may not end your session if you have clicked remember me check box while logging in. So always make sure to log out of Facebook after completing your work.

Set security question properly

If you have not set a security question for your account then you must set it now from the account settings page. While choosing the security question be careful that you remember the question and answer to the security question. A tip for setting security answer: Never set a correct answer for the security question. This will make sure that no one will be able to answer your security question. 

Never click on “Remember me” on the login page when you are using Facebook from other’s computer

Remember me functionality enables the feature of one time login so that you need not login every time to Facebook. This will only work if you do not log out from Facebook and just close the browser, so next time when you open Facebook you will be directly logged in to your account. This is useful if you use FB on your personal system only. But make sure not to select the “Remember me” check box on login page when your use Facebook on others computer or at net café.

Adjust your privacy settings properly on Facebook

Facebook gives you the option to customize your privacy settings. So always set the proper privacy settings to protect yourself from being abused online.

Read the Facebook Guidelines carefully and understand them

Read carefully the privacy policy of Facebook and understand them. These policies help you in setting proper privacy for your account. You can read Facebook’s privacy policy for more detail.

Be careful in adding a person to your friend list

Carefully accept any friend request as once you accept the friend request they will have access to all your information which you share with your friends. So be careful while accepting any friend request and verify the person first. Be careful while you are sharing any information and double check with whom you are sharing information.
These are some useful tips and bet practices that you should follow to protect your Facebook account. If you know any other tips please share them with your comments.
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