My last few months on Facebook has become somewhat tedious due to phishing links that are frequently posted to my wall. Have your account been hacked and all your friends now have a picture of a little girl sitting on the toilet posted on their profile? If you have experienced any of these you might just be as tired of all this as am I and can benefit from using these ways to secure your Facebook account.
1. Use the opt-in security feature, https – Secure Browsing (https) is an opt-in security feature. When you turn this feature on, your traffic (i.e. all of your activity) on Facebook becomes encrypted, making it harder for anyone else to access your Facebook information without your permission. To turn on Secure Browsing (https), navigate to your Account Settings page. Click the “Change” link next to Account Security, check the box under “Secure Browsing (https)” and then click the “Save” button. You will also see an option to receive emails when a new device accesses your Facebook account. These notifications are called Login Notifications.
2. Think before you click. Never click suspicious links — even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or wall post) and links sent in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam by accident, that link might be sent to all of their Facebook friends. Remember to never re-enter your Facebook password or download something (e.g., a “.exe” file) if you aren’t sure what it is.
3. Update your browser – Current versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer have built in security protection, like warning you if you navigate to a suspected phishing site. Facebook supports browsers Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.
4. Log in at www.facebook.com – Sometimes scammers will set up a fake page to look like a Facebook login page, hoping to get you to enter your email address and password. Make sure you check the page’s URL (web address) before you enter your login information. When in doubt, you can always type “facebook.com” into your browser to get back to the real Facebook site.
5. Pick a unique, strong password – Use combinations of at least six letters, numbers and punctuation marks; don’t use words that can be found in the dictionary. A good example is 5!8d$9 . You can reset your password here or by going to your Account Settings page, located in the Account drop-down menu at the top of every Facebook page.
6. Run anti-virus software to protect your computer from viruses and malware. You can learn more and download this software for free here: For Windows- Window Internet Explorer 9.
Do share with us other ways in which we can protect our account on Facebook.