Facebook-love it or hate it; you can’t ignore it. There is no doubt that this Mark Zuckerberg creation has changed the way the whole world uses social media. It’s good to see the world in touch with each other through a single platform.
However, the fact that our personal information, photos, etc. are up on FB has given rise to a number of cybercrimes such as stalking and theft. So what can you do to make sure your Facebook account stays protected? Here’s the list:
1. Always View How Your Profile Looks To Others:
Facebook has one safety option-that most of us don’t take seriously-the one which allows you to view your current FB setup. You may not realize this but there are going to be instances when your friends will tag you on their publicly-accessible photos. If not this, then some of your ‘likes’ might be up for everybody’s entertainment. This option merely allows you to control all of that. Make use of it from time to time.
2. Always Make Your Browsing Activity Secure:
Did you know that secure browsing is actually by default on FB for all users?All you have to do is click ‘Security’ in the left pane of the Account Settings and enable the ‘Secure Browsing’ option. This will view and edit your recognized devices and sessions.
3. Always Log Out From Third Party Websites, Always:
These days, most websites ask you to register on them through Facebook. It makes life a lot easier, but at the same time, puts your contact details in jeopardy. The best way to check the credibility of such websites is by checking the URL. A safe and secure site will always have facebook.com/ in its link.
4. Update Your Password Frequently:
We all ignore this tip! The point is we should NOT.Updating your password every 2-3 weeks can actually take you off the hackers’ radar. Let your password be a mix of upper case, lower case, alphabets and numbers. For heaven’s sake, don’t keep your partner’s or crush’s name as your password!
5. Add a Secondary Email Account:
Another way to ensure that your FB account always remains secure is by adding a Secondary Email ID. Whether you forget a password or someone tries to hack your account—Facebook will immediately notify you on both primary and secondary email IDs.
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These tips may be extremely generic and easy-to-follow, the truth is most users don’t pay attention to the safety of their accounts. So start with the basic. Complete all the steps. It is a given your account will stay secure, no matter what!