You have most likely heard of people getting their Facebook accounts hacked. Sometimes we see friends that post weird updates that are hidden ads or phishing attempts. In most cases their account has been hacked and taken over by someone else. In this guide we will run through a range of steps you can take to secure yourself while using Facebook.
How to Prevent your Facebook from getting Hacked
A lot of bad things can be done whenever a hacker lays his hands on your Facebook account. They can post anything they like with you being helpless to do anything about it. Imagine relaxing at home, and your friends starts calling nonstop to warn you about the inappropriate posts that are being posted on your timeline. To avoid all of that, you should take certain precautions while using Facebook, and here are a few.
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1. Create a Strong Password
The first thing you do when you sign up for Facebook is create a username and password. Well, here comes the beginning of a threatening online journey, make sure you start it the right way. Creating a strong password is one of the key measures to ensure your facebook account security. When you use a random password that not even you might remember, you’ll get more confident that no hacker or software will be able to crack your security measures.
Your Facebook will demand a 9-character password and will inform you how strong it is with a measuring bar. But that doesn’t mean that when it strikes its Strong level it’s actually secure enough. Try to insert characters like “$,! @, #, ?”. These tend to be unguessable and most importantly they might be unreadable by the software the hacker is using. Moreover, the longer the password is, the harder it is to be cracked.
2. Enable Two-factor Authentication
This feature is an extra layer of security offered by Facebook. Each time your account is used on another device (unrecognized one), you’ll have to submit a security code to verify yourself. Facebook will ask for your password then a log in code anytime it notices an unusual login to your account. This code is sent to you via SMS or any other secure application of your choosing. It is a very practical way to keep your Facebook safe and block out anyone trying to use it from succeeding.
To activate the Two-factor Authentication follow the below steps carefully:
- Click on the top right navigation menu
- Then click on Settings & Privacy and select Settings
- Click on Security and Login
- Under the Security and Login, click on Two-factor authentication
- Then you will have to select a security method.We suggest you select the second option which is Text message (SMS) and click on Continue.
- Select your phone number
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- After selecting your number, you will receive a 6 digits pin as an SMS to the number you selected.
- Input the 6 digits pin you received and click on Continue.
After setting up the Two-factor authentication, whenever someone tries to login to your account from another device, the person will be automatically locked out of the account. Facebook on the other hand will send you a notification whenever someone tries to access your account from another device.
3. Avoid Questionable Friend Requests
Don’t ever accept a friend request from people you don’t know or suspicious of. If you do, your whole Facebook page, friends, likes, and comments will be open to those you’ve accepted. Any hacker might be posing as a fake account waiting for the moment you press confirm. Once you accept, you are giving him an open invitation to take all he wants and hang you on the periphery.
It’s always best to keep information like your birth date, address, number, and so on private. Such info can potentially help a hacker to steal your identity. Adjust your privacy settings on Facebook. Separate who you trust and who you don’t by simply choosing who can see what you post. You can also prevent anyone from finding you in the search bar, only you will have the ability to locate them if you know them in person.
Be careful of whom you accept, it is a friend request, but not all people are friendly.
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