Facebook the most famous social networking site came into existence in 2004 and within a span of 8 years it has 955 million active users, WOW! But with fame, threat of security comes as a side effect or rather after effect. People share their life in terms of views (status updates), memories (pictures) and personal details with friends via these sites.
But there are intelligent, Tech savvy criminals who are always looking for a chance to intervene in somebody else’s life. Well there are systems, software which can help in security, but by being a little bit extra alert, you can protect your privacy and peace. Let me share some tips with you to do the same :
Facebook Account settings
Enable login notifications and login approvals. Under Facebook Ads edit third party and social add settings. Select “no one” for both cases if you are fine with it. It will protect your information to be displayed with any third party of social (friend) ads.
Whenever you bookmark or type the address/URL of any social networking site always use “https” instead of “http”. This will encrypt your communications and provide you a greater level of protection. Make sure you always login from facebook.com domain. Keep your browser updated with security updates, this will warn you in case of any phishing site. Never allow subscribers on Facebook. This can be set via Facebook.
Dedicated Email Address
Always use dedicated email address for Facebook which is in no case linked to any significant entity like bank accounts etc. This will save your financials in case your FB account has been hacked. Also connect your profile with a mobile number so that in case of hacking, you can claim ownership.
Strong & Secure Password
Make sure the security level of your password is high and unique. Don’t use same password for different accounts. Never share those with anyone. Disable your browser from saving your password. Also don’t forget to add a security question.
Facebook Privacy settings
Always adjust privacy settings before you start using the account. Keep everything shared with “Friends” or “Only me”. Under “how you connect” select whatever level you are comfortable with. Restrict using apps, remove any unwanted apps, under “how people bring your information to apps they use”, put selective mark on whatever you can share with public. Never enable or deselect “Instant personalization” and Public search. If you are not at all interested in third party apps then you can Turn-off all apps as well. Basic and contact info should also be precise.
Read Facebook guide to Privacy
Keep yourself updated by reading the latest privacy clauses and conditions. This will help you to decide what you want to share and what you don’t.
Make selective friends
Don’t add people to friend list just for the sake of it. Be careful while you select your friends. You can also restrict the information to be viewed by selecting option of “limited friends” who can only view a cut down version of your profile.
Use strong Antivirus and Firewall solution
Protect your system from malicious data by using good Antivirus and Firewall solution. It will not only warn you when you open some malicious stuff, it will also clean your system regularly.
Make sure you always Sign-Out after using Facebook app. Follow this rule strictly when using shared computer.
Few More tips to save your Facebook account from Hackers,
- Never install unknown applications
- Never click suspicious links
- Disable online chat if possible – Hackers use chat to attack.
- Avoid public places to access social networking site if possible.
- Use one time password if accessing your account through somebody else’s system.
Well, these are the major ones; you can always pay some attention and save yourself from big trouble. Yeah big trouble can actually become “BIG”. But a little care is all you need. Play Safe, Stay Happy!