You may be one of the numerous people in the world who have Facebook as their number 1 Social networking site. This will cause you to be flirting with many devices in order to access your account. This is because, the social networking site allows you to have access to your account on every mobile device, computer and tablet among others. This, though good may not make your Facebook account safe.
You may end up leaving your account on another device without signing out. This will renders it vulnerable to online data predators.
Don’t worry. There is a plethora of ways you can ensure that you are protected. Even if you don’t log out and your phone is stolen, your stuff on Facebook will still be safe.
Ways to keep your Facebook account safe from hackers
1. The Golden Rule: have a strong password
Nothing beats this! Don’t you think so? There’s no initial better password than a strong password. If you are now creating a Facebook account, ensuring that your password is not easily guessed by others but by you is the tip of a lifetime.
But what if you already have an account with a relatively weak password? Is all hope lost? Not at all. Do not fret. You are covered if only you follow these steps.
Go to Account Settings > General > Password.
2. Activate “Login approvals”
Login is another way to protect yourself from the snare of hackers. You should not give them the chance to trap you at all. Ensure that you are two steps ahead.
What the “login approval” does is, before you or anyone attempts to open or log into your account from any unapproved device, you are required to enter a security code. So without any code, no one can open your account.
To activate Login Approvals, go to Account Settings > Security, look for Login Approvals and click on the Edit button.
An option to activate Login Approvals will appear, tick the check box to activate.
A popup window will appear with descriptions of login approvals, click on the Set Up Now button to continue.
If you already register your mobile number, Facebook will automatically send you a code via SMS. Enter this code in the given box and click Submit Code.
Now you have completed with Login Approvals request, click Next to continue.
Next, Facebook will offer you to setup a Code Generator from your mobile phone; this is useful in case you are unable to receive SMS. Click Continue.
Code Generator for Android phones
Download the Facebook Mobile App from Google Play if you don’t already have it. After downloading it to your mobile, click Next.
Once downloaded, Facebook will provide instructions to install the Code Generator. To install, launch your Facebook App, tap on menu > Account > Code Generator > Add App. Then click on Finish Setup below.
Now that your Code Generator is active, Facebook will guide you with the correct steps to use the code generator. Next time when you want to generate a new code, simply launch your app, tap on Account > Code Generator and the code will appear. For now, click Close as you have completed the steps to activate your Login Approvals.
3. End previous active sessions
Facebook allows you to see recently opened sessions and the list of devices used too. This is more like taking an emergency pill. Maybe, you borrowed a friend’s phone to use your account but forgot to logout. What are you going to do now? I’ve got the answer. Don this:
From the Account Settings > Security page, look for ‘Active Sessions‘ and click on Edit.
Now all previous sessions will be listed, together with the current active session at the top of the list. Click on the link ‘End Activity‘ to kill the activities from other devices.
4. Browse as a private user
You want to play safe? This is one of the best methods. Using the private mode of a browser ensures that
your activity will not be logged into the browsing history.
If you are using the Safari Browser on Mac, activate Private Browsing from the menu with Safari > Private Browing.
For Firefox, go to Tools > Start Private Browsing.
If you are using Chrome, there’s an option to browse using the Incognito window, it’s a version of Chrome window where all browsing activity will not be logged in. To open this window, go to File > New Incognito Window.
5. Don’t tick “keep me logged in”
The moment you want to login to your Facebook account, at the Log In page, there’s a small checkbox that says “Keep me logged in”. Make sure this box is unchecked. Then, log in as usual. With this on, you will be asked for your email and password every time you launch Facebook.
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