With more than 700 million users, Facebook is undoubtedly the most famous social networking site at present. Although this is a pro, it yet does not take any longer for it to become a con. Among so many users, there are high chances of hackers and intruders who can turn this pro into a con for any user of Facebook.
We cannot forget that cyber crime, since its inception, has never decelerated in such a way that we all can relax without protecting our online accounts. In fact, just a month back, I found some phishing links being posted to my wall. In fact, some friends of mine have even noticed a change in their profile picture, which was certainly not made by them. So, if you do not want somebody to play with your account, here are a few ways to protect your Facebook account.
Enable Login Authentication and Notification
In Google, we already have the two-step authentication service for confirming that only the actual user is making an attempt to access the account. Now, even Facebook has its own authentication service called the Two-Factor authentication via which one can only log on with a security code and a password. The code is sent to your specified device such as tab or handset.
In case somebody else is logging onto your account, there is a setting called as login notification via which you can know the computer or location of the user who had tried to logged on to your account. To enable this setting, select Home –> Account Settings –> Security –> Login Notifications. Now, select the check two boxes that indicate sending an email and text message to be notified about the login from a different source.
Think Before You Click
You must never click the links that appear doubtful even if they are from your friends. Most of the spam links will appear on your wall, in inbox, and in chat on which a single click results in sending the same link to all your friends on Facebook. Sometimes, they might appear as downloads that might prompt you for your Facebook password.
Never Trust An Unknown Application
If you are allowing Facebook applications to access your data, just think on it again. You might be risking your account in doing so. Further, you might want to secure your application-related tasks so that they are not publicly visible. So, to protect your account from spam applications, select Home –> Account Settings –> Apps and remove applications that should not access your Facebook account by clicking X. You can even click Edit and then set the value for App Activity Privacy to Only Me for controlling to visibility of your app-related tasks.
Delete Your Information From Ads
Not many of us know that Facebook uses account information and picture in ads by default, which is not good from the security point of view. To disallow this, select Home –> Account Settings –> Facebook Ads. Now, click the two Edit links one by one, select No One from the drop-down list, and click Save Changes.
Safeguard Your Profile Information And Facebook Navigation
It is necessary to limit access to your profile information for preventing its misuse. To do so, select Home –> Privacy Settings. Now, review each row by clicking on the link to the right and selecting either Only Me or Friends. To select the Only Me option, you need to first select Custom before reviewing.
Coming to Facebook navigation, you can definitely secure it by enabling HTTPS that encrypts the data during its transmission. To do so, navigate up to Home –> Account Settings –> Security –> Secure Browsing. Finally, select the check box and click Save Changes.
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Say No To Public Search
Enabling public search means you are granting permission to everybody for visiting you, which is again risky. So, you must always disable the Public Search settings. To do so, select Home –> Privacy Settings –> Edit Settings corresponding to Apps and Websites.
Now, scroll down to Public search, click the Edit Settings button, and clear the Enable public search check box.