How to secure your Facebook account
If your Facebook account is hacked, your life can become a nightmare. Fortunately, hacking Facebook is not that easy. In this article you will find useful tips on how to improve your password security with simple and accessible measures.
If your Facebook account is hacked, your life can become a nightmare. Strangers receive your private content. You can post offensive or misleading information on your behalf. While people from your closest circles are guests that something went wrong, you may lose some business contacts who don't tolerate such behavior. Unpleasant consequences can be varied and numerous – but luckily, hacking your Facebook account is not that easy. In this article, you will find some useful tips on how you can improve your protection against infringements.
Invent a long and complicated password
It should contain at least 12 characters, including numbers, lower and upper case. The password should not be linked to your personal information such as your pet's birthday, name of your favorite song, etc. Ideally, it should be a random combination that has no meaning. You should not use the same password for other apps or systems.
Consider installing an app that generates long, complicated passwords for you and stores them securely. You can use it not only for your socket passwords, but also for other platforms and services. 1Password can serve as a good example of such software. Thousands of users from all over the world entrust their passwords and enjoy first-class security.
Install dual factor authentication
In Facebook settings, this option is known as login authorization. If you try to introduce your password on Facebook, the system will send you an OTP (one-time password). You will receive it by email or smartphone. If you don't insert it immediately after your regular password, the system won't let you in. It is impossible to guess or force the OTP because it is generated from scratch every time and the number of attempts to implement it is limited.
Activate registration messages
This feature does not prevent hackers from using your account, but you will at least receive timely notification and can take action. After activating this option in your Facebook settings, you will receive notifications every time someone enters your account from a new device or browser. You can choose to receive these notifications on your smartphone or by email.
Only add trusted friends
If you add random people, some of them may have shameful intentions. If you do not want to become a victim of blackmail or blackmail, you should go to your Facebook settings and allow the system to recommend only those with whom you have at least 3 friends.
Check the settings of your apps
It may surprise you how many apps on your computer or smartphone have access to your Facebook account. They don't post anything there and you shouldn't be afraid of them spying on you – but once they're hacked, hackers can also reach your Facebook. Not so popular apps from lesser-known developers pose greater risks than technologically advanced and widespread ones.
Go to your apps inventory and manually review them one by one. If you see an app linked to your Facebook but you don't understand exactly why, disable this link. The verification process can take some time, but your security is worth it.
Never download suspicious apps or click suspicious links
If you download a random app from an unknown source, it may be automatically linked to your Facebook account, leading to unpredictable consequences.
If you receive a link in an email or messenger, you don't need to click it unless it was sent by a close friend or colleague. This can be a phishing attack aimed at stealing your private information, including your logins and passwords.
Be vigilant when signing up for new platforms
For many projects, newcomers can skip filling out the registration form. You can link your Facebook account to these platforms and use it instead of a typical combination of "login + password".
However, you must make sure that you do not grant this platform too many rights in relation to your Facebook account. Typically, a platform will show you a notification that promises not to post anything to your account. If this is not the case, please deactivate this function manually in your Facebook settings.
Install the security software
We have already mentioned the software that was developed specifically for generating and storing passwords – but this is not the only possible option. Some programs offer the storage of passwords as an additional function and others numerous valuable functions.
One of these programs is MacKeeper: it contains an anti-virus program, clears hard drive space, contains an ad blocker and a VPN, etc. It is a versatile program that significantly improves the security of your device and helps protect your privacy on the Internet.
The best thing about such programs is that they detect threats and hackers long before they attack you and prevent them from doing so. As soon as a threat is detected, you will be notified immediately. Please always keep your antivirus program activated and scan your device regularly.
Protect your devices with a password
And never leave them unattended. This may sound like obvious and excessive advice, but in fact many users neglect the basic principles of security. If your laptop, tablet or smartphone is stolen, you should be able to remotely disable it so that it becomes useless hardware. And of course, it should be protected by a complicated password so that the thief cannot access your apps and files before you deactivate the gadget.
Hopefully this article has come in handy, and now you know what you need to do to prevent your Facebook account from being hacked. You don't have to be a geek to follow this advice, and it won't strain you too much. Your reputation remains impeccable and you feel more secure when surfing the Internet.