How to keep your Facebook Account Safe

CW safefbaccOn Sunday, September 16, Facebook engineers detected some unusual activity on the social media platform's networks. It was an attack, the biggest security breach in Facebook's history. And it would took the company 11 days to stop it. People have been very apprehensive since then, worried and paranoid about being hacked.  Today, Nov 20th, 2018 Facebook and Instagram experienced Huge technical problems and Crashes and the common reason people speculated for the trouble?  They’ve been hacked again.  While it’s too soon to speculate the actual cause of the trouble, I though it might be a good time to share with you some tips to help keep your personal Facebook account safe.

 

Here are 6 things Facebook wants you to do help keep your account safe:

#1 Protect your password:

Don't use your Facebook password anywhere else online.

Never share your password. You should be the only one who knows it.

Avoid including your name or common words. Your password should be difficult to guess.

#2 Use our extra security features.

#3 Make sure your email account(s) are secure.

#4 Log out of Facebook when you use a computer you share with other people.

If you forget, you can log out remotely.

#5 Run anti-virus software on your computer:

#6 Think before you click or download anything.

Now here are some additional things you can do:

Do a Device Audit

The easiest way to determine whether someone has gained access to your account is to take a look at the devices that you have used to log into Facebook. On Facebook’s Security and Login page, under the tab labeled “Where You’re Logged in,” you can see a list of any devices that are signed into your account, and their locations. If you see an unfamiliar device signed in at an odd location, click the “Remove” button to boot the device from your account.

Change Your Password

Because these things usually happen because of a vulnerability that Facebook will fix, there may not be a need to change your password, but its always a good idea.  Like wearing a seatbelt.  To be extra safe, you probably should change it anyway — especially if you used a weak password, saw any suspicious devices logged into your accounts, or had a recent issue with your account being hacked.

If you decide to change your password, choose a complex one that varies between upper and lower case and symbols and never reuse a password you have used on a different site. Try creating long and complex passwords consisting of nonsensical phrases or one-sentence summaries of strange life events and add numbers and special characters, for example: Green4782#.

To keep all your passwords organized and easy to find, consider using a password-management app like 1Password or LastPass. These tools let you keep all your passwords in a digital vault that can be opened with one master password, and they can also automatically generate complex passwords. (super useful!)

Turn on Two-Factor Authentication

Like many sites, Facebook offers a security feature called two-factor authentication. It involves text messaging a unique code to your phone that you must type in after entering your password. This way, even if someone gained access to your password, it would be difficult to log in without that code. While this extra step can be annoying for you in the short term, in the long term it will make your account nearly impossible to access for someone else.

Watch out for these

Stop forwarding chain messages, These are the biggest source of viruses on Facebook.

Stop filling out questionaires that have you list your favorite places, poeple, things, and life events.  While it seams like your just letting your friends get to know you better, your actually revealing personal information to hackers. 

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