“Facebook Security” All You Need To Know
Many of us don’t know much about Facebook security, and also many people don’t care about Facebook security.
Your Facebook account is a liability, and you should secure it right now. If you don’t take any proper steps now then suddenly you might find out that your account is locked down.
Believe it or not, but Facebook knows a lot about you. Because of this reason, your account becomes a prime target for would-be bad guys.
From Cambridge Analytica scandal, we know that a strong password doesn’t always save us from the bad actors who are trying to get hold of all your information which we willingly share with Facebook.
As an alternative, the researchers used an app to collect data about its users. Recently, Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook, claimed that he knew about some of these Facebook security issues and which is not very good for the company.
You only need a few minutes to secure your Facebook account. It is best that you use your computer to secure your Facebook account rather than your mobile phone as some of the settings can include a lot of information.
You should occasionally visit the Facebook security settings page, even if you have recently spent time in Facebook security to look things over once again. As they might add new settings or older settings, have been moved.
Follow this post to learn how you can set a secure password, limit how others can search for you, and prevent Facebook from keeping your location history.
Use a strong password and 2-factor authentication
First of all, to secure your Facebook account, you should create a strong password and enable two-factor authentication. This might seem obvious to you, but the importance can’t be overstated.
Don’t forget to update your password from time to time. Remember, make sure you are not using the same one for crucial accounts like a banking app or credit card.
There is a lot of password manager available in the market. You should use one of them to create and most importantly, remember your unique passwords. To change your password, go to the security page.
After you have changed your password, turn on two-factor authentication. If you have enabled 2FA, then you will need to enter your secure password, and whenever you sign in to your account, you will need to enter randomly generated code.
Go through Privacy Settings and Tools
I hope you know that Facebook has a dedicated privacy section for your account. In the privacy section, you can do things like who can send you friend requests, set the default privacy setting for future posts.
Click on the privacy settings and tools page and adjust whatever you want. I suggest you set your future posts to “Friends” and limit the phone number and email address search options to “Only Me” or “Friends”. This will help anyone to find your account with just a piece of your personal info.
You should limit your past posts from the public eye
Our way of using social networks has changed a bit. Especially as we become more aware of how Facebook and the users of Facebook, can use our personal information.
You don’t need to worry as you can limit your past posts from being visible to anyone who might stumble across your profile.
It is straightforward, you need to go to the Privacy section and find limit the audience for old posts on your timeline, then click limit last posts and after that click the button with the same title.
Now, anything you have ever shared with friends of friends or public will be changed to being shared only with friends. But unfortunately, you can’t pick and choose which posts you want to change via this setting.
If you intend to do that, then you will have to go through your timeline and make those changes individually manually.
Audit devices with access to your account
There is one thing that is common in a lot of people, and that is we have signed into our Facebook accounts on different phones, tablets, computers, and various other devices.
Whenever you log into your account using different devices, Facebook keeps a log of the devices that have access to your account. Thus it becomes easy to revoke access to a rogue device or one you forgot to log out of.
Under the section Facebook Security and Login Page, you will find “Where You’re Logged In” and there you can see all those devices. Then click on See More to view the entire list of devices.
To remove a device from the list, click on the three-dot icon to the right of the device’s name and click remove. After that, read and follow the instructions they present in front of you and act according to it.
By clicking See More > Log Out Of All Sessions, you can sign out of every device linked to your account.
Facebook Security- Look through apps with access
Over the years, we have all granted countless apps access to our Facebook account. Developers abandon some apps and ultimately become a security risk.
If someone can gain access to the app’s database of users, eventually, in theory, they might gain access to some information of your Facebook account. To view the Active apps that have access to your account, visit the Apps and Websites page.
You can remove any apps just by clicking the checkbox, followed by the Remove button. By clicking on the Expired tab at the top of the page, you can also remove any apps which access has expired.
Facebook Security- Disable Location History on your smartphone
I guess you don’t know that Facebook uses its access to location data from your phone to create a map of your location history. You can turn off location history if you don’t want Facebook to store your location history at all and also you can delete your location history here.
In your Android phone, open the Facebook app and then tap on the three-line icon. Select Privacy Shortcuts under Settings & Privacy, followed by Manage your location settings on the privacy card. After that, select Location History and make sure the switch is turned off.
The process is also quite similar on an iPhone. In the iPhone, just open the Facebook app and tap on the three-line icon > Settings & Privacy then select Privacy Shortcuts followed by Managed your location settings in the privacy card. There you will find the option switch to turn off location history.
You will want to make sure all of your data is secure even after you have secured your account.
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