Facebook users weak ignoring attitude can make them in a high trouble silently. As you know, Facebook is a widely used social media networks having more than trillions users included all types of people. As a Facebook user, You know already that Facebook has your private and personal things like Information’s, Photos, Cell number, Locations, Interest and more which can make you in trouble, If your Facebook account is accessed by unauthorized person.
Hackers have many techniques to hack your Facebook account like Phishing, Keyloggers, Session hijacking, Social engineering, Metasploit or as simplest resetting your password etc. Each Facebook account contains a lot of personal information if its get public it would cause misuse of information & even furthermore blackmailing. So security for Facebook accounts is the prominent issue these days.
Prevention of hacking and making your Facebook account secured is always better than blaming the Facebook system or hacker. If you have not kept your account secure, then it will be available easy to hack. So in the entire secure environment for your account, you have chances to get your account hacked.
But if you follow some instructions and recommendations listed here to change Facebook security settings; you can keep your Facebook account safe & secured from hackers.
1. Use Strong Passwords
Most of the time, Newbie Facebook users uses weak passwords. In summary, a weak password is something that is:
- Found in a dictionary or other list
- Personal to you (and made public somehow)
Now let’s talk about strong passwords. According to the traditional advice—which is still good—a strong password:
- Has 12 Characters, Minimum: You need to choose a password that’s long enough. There’s no minimum password length everyone agrees on, but you should generally go for passwords that are a minimum of 12 to 14 characters in length. A longer password would be even better.
- Includes Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters: Use a mix of different types of characters to make the password harder to crack.
- Isn’t a Dictionary Word or Combination of Dictionary Words: Stay away from obvious dictionary words and combinations of dictionary words. Any word on its own is bad. Any combination of a few words, especially if they’re obvious, is also bad. For example, “house” is a terrible password. “Red house” is also very bad.
- Doesn’t Rely on Obvious Substitutions: Don’t use common substitutions, either — for example, “H0use” isn’t strong just because you’ve replaced an o with a 0. That’s just obvious.
Try to mix it up—for example, “BigHouse$123” fits many of the requirements here. It’s 12 characters and includes upper-case letters, lower-case letters, a symbol, and some numbers. But it’s fairly obvious—it’s a dictionary phrase where each word is capitalized properly. There’s only a single symbol, all the numbers are at the end, and they’re in an easy order to guess.
Make password which would be difficult to guess. Please avoid to including the username, pet name, birth date as your password, you can also use some online password generators but just make sure its secure & trustworthy. Don’t use the same password anywhere else. Change your password once every six months not only for Facebook but everywhere.
2. Add Mobile number
Adding and confirming your mobile number increases your account security. You will receive login and other important notifications directly to your mobile number without any cost.
This will also help you to reset your Facebook password when your forget because Facebook will send OTP to your registered number to create a new password for your Facebook account.
To add your mobile number just go to; Account setting >> Mobile >> add a phone number.
While adding your mobile number, Don’t forget to confirm your mobile number using OTP code sent via Facebook to your given number.
3. Track Your Facebook Login Location History
Facebook login location history is the official feature provided by Facebook where you can track your last Facebook login location of your account.
You can easily check weather you have log in at that location or not to ensure your security. Just read out the previous post to track your previous login locations.
4. Security Checkup
Its always better to go for a security checkup. Click on the settings shortcut & select the privacy option. Here you will see few options:
Who can see my stuff? This option is used to control the exposed of all your posts; manage the audience for your all post. Try to make all your personal stuff visible to all your friends whom you trust.
Who can contact me? If you all this to everyone, you are ready to get unwanted and unknown friends requests. And by unknowingly we used to accept, and they lead to get all your info used against your account hacking.
Who can look me up? You can here make the following changes to tighten your Facebook account security.
- Who can look you up using the email address you provided? >> Friends
- Who can look you up using the phone number you provided? >> Friends
- Do you want search engines outside of Facebook to link to your Profile? >> No
APP SETTINGS: Go to Settings >> Apps >> App settings >> This app-option allows you to control the apps which are connected with your Facebook account. If you see any suspicious apps in the list then don’t hesitate to remove it.
Moreover, you also need to check more in profile option; you will see most of the options related to your profile display shown publicly; that includes your email ID, birthday, hometown, current city, etc. you can rather I suggest to limit the audience for your Facebook profile data.
5. Dodge Phishing
You must avoid clicking on spam links of Facebook. There are many attacks performed by Hackers & Cyber criminals including money scams through messages, chats etc.
These phishing attacks will redirect you to the fake website having malicious code & software with the use of malicious links that can steal your all personal information or even more damage your device.
There is also a chance that you will see that email came from Facebook but actually it’s come from phishing website. So for security reasons, never click the suspicious links.
Never give your username & password to any website while responding to any email. Facebook or any social networking site never demand your password.
For any Windows; always try to update your browsers to the latest version to ensure your browsers security.
6. Update Privacy settings
To ensure the security of Facebook account, You must use the manageable security & privacy settings of Facebook. First of all set the Login Alerts. You can decide to get login alerts via Facebook notifications via text messages, email. Get a warning when anybody logs into your account from an unrecognized device or browser.
Go to Settings >> Security >> Setting up extra security >>Get alerts about unrecognised logins >> edit & select the mode of getting notifications.
The next important option is choose trusted contact who can surely help you if ever have trouble accessing your FB account & never accept any friend request from unknown people.
7. Keep Updated
You must update your antivirus in a daily basis. Most of the people don’t update their Antivirus because according to them they have purchased official licensed key so now the all responsibility is for their Antivirus but They are wrong. Well, Antivirus will catch & delete the viruses, worms & malware etc but which are in their Antivirus database and If you don’t update your Antivirus then Your antivirus will not catch & delete the old virus, worms & malware etc because they are not in their database.
Your work is not finished here, After updating your Antivirus Try to scan your computer system for malware regularly. You can make the settings on your antivirus to do automatically scan by default.
You can have a malware even if you just watch a video via Facebook post, or If you visit a website claiming to offer special feature, or downloading any via the unsecured browser.
So please be aware of such things.
8. Follow the Rules
There are basic rules for everyone to secure your any account so here…
- Don’t share the password with anyone.
- Clear all history from the device. Always log out.
- Log out even from your own mobile in case it might get in someone’s hand or even get stolen so there may be chances to get your personal information can be misplaced.
- Disable the feature “remember password” on the web browser.
- Type your password only on your own & trusted computers. Otherwise, usually, hackers use keystroke keyloggers which record everything you type even password too.
These rules is for your all type of account including your Facebook account that works great to protect your account from unauthorized access.
9. Enable Two Factor Authentication Security
Two Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA, two step verification or TFA (as an acronym), is an extra layer of security that is known as “multi factor authentication” that requires not only a password and username but also something that only, and only, that user has on them, i.e. a piece of information only they should know or have immediately to hand – such as a physical token.
The process for turning on two factor authentication on your Facebook account is too easy and It will add extra layer of security to your account so that you can secure your account from unauthorized access. Click here to learn how to enable two factor authentication on Facebook.
Now with all above options, you will definitely able to make your Facebook account secure & safe than it was. These options would make hacker harder to hack. By just simple options enjoy secure FB posting, likes, & comments. Hope this article have assisted you not only for making your Facebook account secure but also other social networking accounts.
10 Trusted Internet Connections
Don’t use public WiFi or Other WiFi. It’s a human nature to use free things but I wanna tell, Hackers & Cyber criminal already know that and They can offer you a Free WiFi internet connection to steal your data.
Have you heard about the Evil twin attack through which Hackers can steal your money from your bank. Learn more here about Evil twin attacks from The Hacker News.
Like evil twin there are many attacks which can be performed though WiFi like Session hijacking, MITM and Social Engineering etc So just avoid the Free internet connections.
If you want to use public WiFi then I will suggest you to use VPN services or Proxies to protect themselves.
By following these steps, You can protect your Facebook account from Hackers & cyber criminals.
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