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How To Secure Your Facebook Account From Hackers

For many people, Facebook is part of their daily lives. It's where they interact with friends and colleagues, and is seen by many as an extension of themselves.

Having your Facebook account hacked can be more than just humiliating: depending on what the hackers do, it can damage your reputation or even cost you money.

In this article, we will go through some important options you can take to prevent others from accessing your personal Facebook account.

Create a Strong Password

Chances are, you already have your password created for Facebook. However, it's advisable for you to make sure your Facebook password is one of a kind and different from your other online accounts e.g. email, blog, hosting, etc. The best passwords would have the combination of small and capital letters, numbers and symbols.

Confirm your Mobile Number

Confirming your mobile number is one of many ways to enhance your account security on Facebook. This way, even when you lose or forget your password, Facebook will be able to send you a new one via SMS.

Activate Secure Browsing

Among other things, to make sure your browsing activity within Facebook is safe, you can turn on the secure browsing option. By doing this, you automatically limit all external applications that are integrated with Facebook from doing any harm or taking your personal information without your knowledge or approval. To start securing your account, click on Account Settings>> Security>> Secure Browsing>> Edit. The options panel will appear, check the box Browse Facebook on a secure connection. Then click on the save changes button.

Activate Login Approvals

Login approvals are an extended security feature offered by Facebook and it will require you to enter a security code each time you try to access your Facebook account from unauthorized devices. To activate login approvals, go to Account settings>> Security. Look for login approvals and click on the edit button.

Disconnect Previous Active Session

The good thing about Facebook is that it lets you know about your active sessions, where you log in from, and what devices you used to access your Facebook account. Now to make sure your account is safe, from the Account Settings go to the 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.

Activate Private Browsing

Another way to prevent another person from accessing your account is by activating the private browsing option from your browser. All browsers have this private browsing option, and by activating this option, your activity will not be logged into the browsing history.

Don't Keep Me Logged In

The moment you want to login to your Facebook account, at the Login page, there's a small checkbox that says keep 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.

Avoid Spam Links

Facebook is serious about spam and is always enhancing its features to make sure you are safe from being a victim to scams. The type of attacks includes money scams through direct or indirect requests via Facebook messages, chat, phishing links that will redirect you to fake websites, malicious links that could retrieve your personal information or even harm your computer. There are also chances you may receive emails from Facebook but its actually from a hacker.

Sign out After Use

Lastly, the most important of all is never forget to log out from your Facebook account.

Now with these options, you can surf Facebook worry free!

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