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Increase Your Facebook Account Security & Prevent Hacking

Facebook is the social networking tool for everyone today. Everyday, It's getting loaded with our personal information and becoming a place that you can't allow to get compromised. Hacking an account on facebook is not easy and it's almost always done by someone you know and share information. Here goes a brief guide how to prevent any kind of hacking/spamming of your favorite facebook account.



Step One: Multiple Email Addresses

At least add two email addresses, so that one email address is compromised you can use other email address to get password for your account by forget password option.

Step Two: Add/Link A mobile number

Add a mobile number to your facebook account. This is SO important, It helps to get forgotten password to your mobile via SMS and also activates access to some increased security feature. You can always add mobile number to account without sharing it to your facebook friends.

Step Three: Correct your Security Settings:

Your Account Security Settings is visible under here: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security



There are multiple options under this tab. Activate all of these to get maximum Security:

  • Secure Browsing: Check mark Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible. (Secure browsing allow you to use facebook in https instead of http, which is considerably slow, but secure and encrypt your data transfer between facebook server and your PC/Laptop so no one can get it somewhere sitting on middle of your internet connection)
  • Login Notification: This mean when someone/you from a new place (Mobile or Pc or any 3rd party software like nimbuzz) login to your account, facebook will send you an email and/or SMS to let you know about it. This is very effective to monitor unauthorized access to your account. To get SMS, you must add your mobile number to your facebook account, from here: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=mobile Most of the people think if you link your mobile number on Facebook account, then all your facebook friend will see your Mobile Number. This is not True! You can add mobile number without sharing it to Facebook friends. You can also customize what kind of notification you would like to get from facebook on mobile via sms. You can simply stop receiving any kind of wall post/comments, facebook msg & Friend request notification from https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=mobile but for sake of your account security you SHOULD add your mobile number on your account. It's also helpful if you forget your password and also lost access to your email address.
  • Login approval: This is pro user settings, but I recommend you to use this. This will reduce chance of hacking of your account to less than 0.01%! This is a double authentication method. Normally when we login to facebook, our email account identify us and password validated that we are actually eligible to login to the account. Login approval adds an extra layer of security. It sends a code each time you/someone login from an unrecognized device with your account and password. The code is a MUST to access your account. So if anyone luckily get your password even, he/she still can't access your account unless he/she is having your mobile phone in their hand and able to get code from it. Are you thinking that you'll be bored to get code for your laptop everyday? Don't think so. If you use single laptop and single browser, you'll receive code for only one time if you save your device. You see you previous snapshot, I've almost 25 recognized devices, from which if I login, I'll not need a code to login. This settings varies from Login Notification, Login Notification will only let your inform that someone is logged into your account, where Login Approval will block the access of unauthorized user if he can't provide the code. Oh, you must need to activate your mobile for facebook to use this pro settings.
  • App Password: If you use 3rd party softwares like Nimbuzz, Ebuddy, Facebook chat etc, use this option to create password for each applications. Only those application will able to login using those password and you'll have no need of sharing your main password to those 3rd party applications. You can delete an application specific password later which will also remotely block access of that application to your account.
  • Trusted Friends: This features appears only to advance security settings user. This will help you to select 5 close and trusted facebook friends of your, who will be able to help you later if you ever loose access to your account.
  • Recognized devices: This option appears if you either have Login notification or Login approval activated. Keep this list updated and check it regular basis to find and prevent any unauthorized access. Keep only your trusted devices on the list.
  • Active sessions: This will show your active sessons, including most probable location and browser. Location doesn't come handy if you're not using dedicated IP. But you can remotely close any session if you have any doubt that somewhere unsafe it's logged in.
  • Security Question: If you've not set any security question, Facebook will also display a Security question setting option. Set it from pre-setted question with unguessable answers. It helps to get forgotten password.
Step Four: Keep your used application list updated from here: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=applications If you don't use any application anymore, then delete it from your application list. Remember that, all  application has some kind of access (more or less depending on permission you've given to it) to your account. Some application even may post on behalf of you in your absence. This is where we commonly think that we have been hacked. Check carefully on your profile posts, if you've not made it, it can be made by any application you've previously used. Remove it from your application page https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=applications and it will never again able to post in your profile on behalf of you. Sometimes friends post suspicious posts due to their uncontrolled use of applications. You can also block the application (not your friends) from "x" button near to the post. A dropdown menu will appear which will allow you to select No more post from that application.

Step Five: After all of this, use your experience and sense to prevent common done mistakes. Never click on external links unless you're sure of safety of it. Clicking unsafe link may lead you to malicious applications which will use your account as a tool of spamming. Report spam for these type of links. Also use a good antivirus. You can get antiviruses for free from Facebook by Facebook Security itself: https://www.facebook.com/security/app_363688420329497

If you follow only few of these, you should be safe. Happy Facebooking!


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