Saturday 14 February, 2015

Social Media Security – How to Keep Your Facebook Account Secure

As the popularity of Facebook soars, so do the attacks against it. It’s a common pattern – as a website or online service becomes more popular, it attracts hackers as well as legit users. This means that more than ever before, you need to be extremely careful with how you use Facebook and keep your account secure. Here are the best practices for doing exactly that.

Use a Strong Password

Make sure that your Facebook account has a strong password. What exactly makes a password “strong?” Basically, it’s impossible to guess. It should be as random as possible and contain a mix of numbers and letters.

Change Password Often

It’s a hassle, but it’s a simple thing you can do to keep your account secure – Change your password often. Every time, write it down somewhere so you won’t forget it. An easy way to keep coming up with passwords is to use an online random password generator.

Funny Friend Requests

Watch out for fake friend requests. Instantly accepting anyone who requests to be your friend is a terrible idea, even though many users do this. Instead, take a minute and look at the profile. A few warning signs include:

* Their profile is incomplete
* They just joined Facebook
* They don’t send you any kind of message
* They don’t know anyone you know
* They don’t share any similar interests or hobbies
* There’s no conceivable reason you can think of why they’d want to be friends with you

Even if they’re friends with your friends, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It could simply mean that a few of your friends fell for their scam already.

Never Click on Links

Don’t click on links, even from friends. If a friend sends you a link, and especially if it has a generic message like “Check this out,” it could mean their account has been compromised. If you click the link, yours will be too.

Instead, go to the site and find the page yourself. For example, if it’s a YouTube video, go to YouTube and try to find the video. If you can’t, email your friend and ask them about the message to verify.

Log in Safely

Don’t log in to your account on a public computer or on an open network. Open networks include public Wi-Fi connections, such as you’d find at a café or library. These are extremely dangerous. Sometimes hackers set up these public networks for the sole purpose of capturing information.

Adjust Privacy Settings

One way to cut down on weird messages and friend requests is to limit who can see your profile. Adjust your settings so that only friends can see your profile or send you messages.

Set up Login Notifications

You can set up login notifications and check. This will tell you whether someone has logged in to your account or not. You can see a history of logins and verify that each time was you.

Attacks aren’t so common on Facebook but they do happen. It’s better to be a little paranoid than to open up your account to hackers.

Bob Steele

Bob Steele is an entrepreneur, software developer, marketer, and author living in the Denver metropolitan area. He’s an avid outdoorsman who loves skiing, hiking, fishing, boating, and just plain having fun. His interests include games, space, technology, physics, cooking (well eating actually), economics, business, internationalism, and team sports. With over thirty years of professional consulting experience, Bob has been exposed to many diverse business models and has gained a sensible approach to life. Bob’s company, WaveCentric is focused on commerce, marketing, and entertainment related products.

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