Precautions while using Facebook
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
Facebook security is challenging, because the social network is like a bunch of big cities all mashed together. And since we know how much bad stuff happens in big cities, why should Facebook be any different? Scam artists and identity thieves are constantly preying on unsuspecting Facebook users, sharing bogus links and asking for likes that lead to virus attacks, Facebook account takeovers, fake Wall posts or even malevolent programs that can let hackers break into your home computer.
Facebook also said it has more security features planned for mobile devices. Fraudsters often target cell phones and tablets because many users still arent as security conscious about their mobile devices as they are about their home and business computers. One incident that drew a lot of attention in November 2011 involved fraudsters hacking into a large number of Facebook user accounts and posting pornographic images on their profile pages.
3. Turn on Facebook Secure Browsing
Facebook now allows users to browse the social network over a secure connection called https. By default, this option is turned off, but you can easily turn it on by going to your Account Settings page and clicking Security on the left sidebar. Next, click Edit to the right of Secure Browsing and check, Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible. When you click the Save changes button, youre done. Turning on secure browsing will make it harder for hackers to steal your Facebook login information when you are using Facebook on a public wifi network. It basically encrypts the data you send to Facebook.
4. Turn on Login Notifications
Also on the Security page of your Account Settings page, you can turn on login notifications, which means Facebook will notify you by email when anyone tries to log on to your Facebook account from a new device that Facebook has not seen you use before. Basically, this means youll get notified if someone is using your Facebook account so you can reset your password quickly and keep them from getting in again.
5. Create a Facebook Security Question
Youll be sorry you didnt do this if your Facebook account gets hijacked or hacked. The security question not only might help prevent hacks, it also might help restore your account if you do get shut out for any reason. All you have to do is click Edit next to Security Question on your Account Settings Security page, then choose one of the half dozen personal questions Facebook offers. The answer you provide could help Facebook verify your real identity as the account owner if someone hijacks your account.
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