Lately I have had a few of my friends telling me they have to change their Facebook page because it was “hacked” again. Changing your password is good, but, don’t think that will make you “safe”. It is really easy to make a fake account, friend one person, then copy their picture and start inviting their friends. Changing your password will do nothing to stop this. FYI, Facebook is really good at identifying these and they get shut down quickly. So, what can you do?
Visit your Facebook Security Settings
Most people have never been to this page and a simple visit here will save you much frustration. Many rumors and paranoid solutions go round and round Facebook and the net – when in reality, this is where you need to start.
All of these pictures will take you to your own security settings page and no, to the best of my knowledge, WordPress will not allow someone to “hack” your account from here. SO – that being said – you can follow these steps – right along and IN ORDER – to secure your account right now. Do the first step – this will secure your browser. You may write these down also and close everything if you feel that is safer – whichever you choose.
Enabling these features will greatly reduce any hacking, most of us have them OFF!
1: Secure browser – enable this one – don’t even think about it – lol. It wont change any of your experience at all.
This will be what you want to see
Then you know that the connection you are going through is secure.
2: Turn on Login notifications – choose email or text. This is real easy – and it will let you know that someone has “logged in” from a different computer. Even you! Lets say you get a new phone and log in with it. If your notifications are on Facebook will email or text you that an unknown device has logged into your account. Same if you access your account from a library, a friends house, new iPad – you get the picture?
This will then ask you for your password and you can go from there. It is easy and will tell you every time anyone, from anywhere, logs in from a new computer or device.
3: Login approvals – this requires a security code from an unknown device. It is like having two passwords. (Don’t worry, this wont happen every time you log in from your own computer – unless you clear all your cookies)
4: Code generator: I don’t personally use this one. I will never remember or write down the code. But, if you really want to be safe, this one is a winner!
5: App password: If you have apps (games are apps) that wont let you log in after you do some of the above procedures – you may need to do this
6: Trusted Contacts: This one is pretty self explanatory
7: Recognized Devices: You are a savvy, up to date person with a SmartPhone, a laptop, a tablet and a desktop. You log into your personal Facebook account at work on your lunch break (yeah right, lol). Once you turn on your notifications, this is where you check which devices are logged in. If you misplace or lose your phone – just turn off that device so whoever finds it cannot just start using your Facebook account on your phone. By the way – this is handy for those unexpected fallout’s – say a roommate, and you want to lock your phone - just in case.
8: Active sessions: This one is similar to Recognized Devices but tells you when each session first logged in and which are current. If you are unsure – simply stop all active sessions. Then you can just log in again the next time. Just to be safe, I would do this once a week.
So there you have it – doing just a few of these will save you from changing your password every time there is a scare on Facebook. Those scares and rumors happen every day in my world – I take precautions to know I am secure. Pass it on.