In this digital age, everything comes to us easy. We have Skype to video chat, Google to know anything, Facebook to interact with different people. But then again, there is a saying, “Where there is Good, There is Evil” and this saying is true in this case too.
Hacking has become a daily news. One day his profile gets Hacked and the other day someone else’s but Hacking Happens.
Today, lets talk about 6 tips to completely secure your Facebook profile/page.
1) Do An Automated Privacy Check up.
Many people don’t know it, but Facebook comes with a built-in “Privacy Checkup” feature, which is basically a quick-stop way of tweaking the most important privacy settings in about a minute. To get to it, click the icon that looks like a padlock on the top right of the Facebook homepage. From there, select “Privacy Checkup”.
Once inside Privacy Checkup, you can quickly tinker with three key settings: Who sees your posts, who sees content that comes from specific Facebook apps, and who sees personal information such as your phone number, email address, birthday, or hometown.
If you’re anything like most Facebook users (hi Mom!), you probably set these things years ago and totally forgot why your Uncle Jerry or ex-boss doesn’t get to see your phone number. Here’s your chance to fix it.
2. And An Automated Security Checkup
Using the same basic formula as the Privacy Checkup feature, Facebook’s new “Security Checkup” gives you an easy-access way of checking up on some basic security settings. To access it, head over to facebook.com/securitycheckup.
From there, you’ll be presented with a three-stage checklist of action items.
First: There’s the ability to easily log out of apps that you no longer use, but still could have access to your personal info.
Second: The option to turn on alerts if your account is accessed from a new device (just in case it wasn’t you doing so).
And, lastly, Security Checkup gives users some basic password tips, and the ability to immediately update theirs to something stronger than their mother’s maiden name.
3. Turn on Two-Factor Authentication
According to Luu-Van, if Facebook users make just one security-related change to their account, this should be it. Two-factor authentication—or “Login Approvals,” as the Facebook menus call it—adds an extra security step (such as entering a secret code) whenever your Facebook is accessed from a new, heretofore-untrusted device. This is basically Facebook’s way of making sure it’s actually you logging into your account from some strange phone or computer, and not a hacker.
To turn on two-factor authentication, go to “Settings” (click the drop-down menu at the top right of the Facebook homepage, or tap “More” in the Facebook app) and then select “Security” and “Login Approvals”.
4. Create A Backup Plan
If you’ve spent years investing thought, photos, and time into your Facebook account; the prospect of getting locked out of it—or having it hijacked by a ne’er-do-well—can seem like a nightmare.
This is why Facebook built in a backup plan via a feature it calls “Trusted Contacts”. The gist: If you find yourself locked out of your account, Facebook can send between three and five pre-approved friends security codes that, when combined, allow access to your account.
Once you accumulate these separate codes from all of your friends (something that, theoretically, would be nigh impossible for a hacker to do), you can reclaim your account.
To turn on this feature (and potentially save your account), go to your Security Settings and select “Trusted Contacts”.
5. Make Sure You Know What Apps Have Access To Your Information
If you used Facebook to log into a currently unused app years ago, that app could still have access to all sorts of personal information. Luu-Van suggests periodically checking the list of apps that are linked to your account, and removing ones that you don’t trust or regularly use. To do this, go to “Settings” (via the dropdown menu at the top right of the Facebook homepage) and select “Apps”.
And anytime you use your Facebook to log into a new app, it can’t hurt to see (and edit!) what permissions and info you’re granting the developers. Facebook recently rolled out a redesigned login feature that makes it easier than ever to do this. When you log into a new app, you will be presented with the option to “Edit the info you provide”. Select this, and then fine-tune exactly what permissions you are providing to the app.
6. Check Your Activity Log
If you suspect somebody else is accessing your account—or are just curious as to what you’ve been posting and liking over the years—a quick trip to your Activity Log shows you all account activity. To take a peek, go to your profile page and select “View Activity Log” on the bottom right of your cover photo. There, you’ll see a comprehensive list of all your posts, likes, requests, and tags—as well as which items are viewable to the general public, or just select friends. If you publicly posted a regrettable party pic, this is where you go to make sure your boss can’t see it.