10 Tips to Keep Your Facebook Account Safe From Hackers
With Internet scams increasing by the day, it’s really important for you to be safe online, especially on social networking sites like Facebook. Here are tips that will help you to keep your Facebook account safe from hackers.
1. Have a strong passwordOne of the most common routes used by hackers to gain access to your account is by guessing your password, so make sure you have a good one. Generally, it’s safer to have 10-12 characters, and mix upper and lower cases, as well as include numbers. Make sure your password isn’t something as obvious as your date of birth or your child’s name. Just as important is to ensure you do not share your password with anyone. Also, do not write your password down in apparent places like your work diary or the inside of your wallet
2. Avoid accessing Facebook from public computersApart from the obvious danger of public computers remembering your password, it is also highly possible that you forget to sign out of your account while leaving, thus placing your account at risk. The Facebook One Time Passwords application ensures that your password will not be remembered by the computer.
3. Fake login pages must be religiously avoidedThese may be a ploy by hackers to save your email address and password. Hence always login only through the official Facebook welcome page, that is, www.facebook.com.
4. Never forget to log outIt might not matter much if you are using your personal computer, but this error carries an almost certain risk of getting hacked if you were to be using a public computer.
5. Do not display your full birth dateThis being an important feature of identification, can make it easier for hackers to gain access into your account.
6. Have an extra email address for your accountThis way, retrieving your Facebook account may be easier if it’s been hacked with one email address.
7. Be wary of the files you download via FacebookFiles that are unfamiliar or from an unspecified source should be treated with the greatest caution, as your personal details may be sneaked out the moment you click on the link. Similarly, delete all Facebook applications that seem suspicious.
8. Be careful about the people you add on your friends listAlthough the trend is to boast an enormous list of friends, safety advocates disapprove of the same. Treat friend requests with caution – seemingly friendly people may be out only to wreak havoc on your account.
9. Enable SSL Settings when using your Facebook account via Wi-FiThis prevents hackers from accessing your login cookies. This can be done through the Account Settings page.
10. Enable email alerts every time a Facebook login occursThis can be done by going to Accounts Settings and then Accounts Security. This way you get a notification SMS or email whenever a new device or computer logs in to your account. Also, you will be able to review any recent activity that has taken place in your account.