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BE SMART: 9 Ways to protect your facebook account from HACKERS

Pretty much like thousands of users out there, Facebook has become your Number 1 choice to kill time every single day from all devices (cell phone, computer, laptop, and even office workstation).
Thereby, you properly leave the Facebook account on without logging out, which easily lets other strangers access it, or basically opens up countless dangerous worms.

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Worse than that, if your Facebook account has been hacked, then what should you do to prevent your reputation from damaging or blackmailing? Here are the tips and tricks that will help you to boost your account’s security:
1. Build Strong Password

It’s obvious to have your password created already for Facebook, but it’s highly recommended to ensure that Facebook password to be unique and distinct from other online accounts you use to for login, such as email, hosting, blog, and so on.

For password changing, move to Account Settings > General > Password

The safest password needs to appear with a combo of upper and lower letters, numbers, and icons.
2. Verify your mobile number

Verifying your mobile number is a fundamental way to increase the security of your Facebook account. Doing this way, even when you forget or lose your password, Facebook still manages to offer you a brand new one sent via SMS.

To enter your phone number, start from Account Settings > Mobile before tapping on Add a Phone

Choose your country, establish the mobile carrier before moving to “Next” button.

At the moment, you’ll be sent a tutorial via SMS. Follow step-by-step instructions to receive a specific code to the given number before inserting it into the column. There will be an option to Share the number with your Facebook friends and Allow them to text you from this social platform. Pick up your preferences and then press Next button.

Once your mobile number is signed up with Facebook, and when it’s necessary to do so, this connection will come in handy as it comes to account reactivation.

3.  Secure Your Browsing, Today

Out of many things to do, setting your secure browsing activity on Facebook is important. Turn on the Secure Browsing option to restrict other external apps that are integrated with your account from damaging or stealing your private information without approval.

To begin keeping your account secure, press the drop down menu in the top right corner of Facebook before switching to Account Settings.

Choose Security in the left menu.

From the Secure Browsing part, left-click on the Edit symbol at the right.

One panel will show up, tick the box “Browse Facebook on a secure connection” and then tap ‘Save Changes’ button.

4. Run ‘Login Approvals’

Now set ‘Login Approvals’ as a new security feature of Facebook, and you need to enter a security code to access Facebook account from any unrecognized device. To run it, start from Account Settings > Security, and then search Login Approvals to press ‘Edit’ button.

One option for Login Approvals comes out, check the box to activate it.

Another popup window shows up with further instructions on login approvals, tap the ‘Set Up Now’ button to keep going.

After registering your mobile number, Facebook automatically delivers to you a code via SMS, so insert it in the empty box here and click the blue button ‘Submit Code’.

Now you’ve all done with Login Approvals suggestion, press Next to go to the coming step.

Here, Facebook will enable you to set up a Code Generator from your cell phone, which turns out to be useful when you can’t receive via SMS. Tap Continue.

Android Code Generator 

If you’re using an Android phone, then use Android activation as an instance this time.
Install Facebook Mobile App from Google Play store if you haven’t had it. After downloading it, press the ‘Next’ button.

After that, you’ll be given the tutorial on how to install Code Generator. For installation, launch the Facebook App, click on menu > Account > Code Generator > Add App. Tap on Finish Setup as follow.

Once the Code Generator is activated, you’re instructed with further steps on how to use it. Next time whenever you’d like to create a new code, merely launch the app, start from Account > Code Generator and then the code will be here. After completing all steps of setting your Login Approvals, press Close button.

5. Remove the Previous Active Segments’ connections 

The best part of Facebook is how it allows you to perceive the last active segments, where the user logins from, and which devices you availed to access the account. Remember to guarantee the account to be secure, from Account Settings > Security Page, then search for ‘ Active Sessions’ and tap on Edit button.

Here, when all previous sessions are shown on the list plus the present active session at the top of it. Left-click on the link ‘End Activity’ to diminish activities from other devices.

6. Turn on Private Browsing

Another great option to dodge any person from accessing your Facebook account is by turning on the ‘Private Browsing’ function from the browsers. Every browser would own this option, and simply activating it, your activity won’t be logged into the history.

Safari

When using the Safari Browser on your Mac, turn on Private Browsing from its menu > Private Browsing.

Firefox

For Firefox, begin from Tools > Set Private Browsing.

Chrome

If it’s Chrome, you will have another browsing choice to make by the use of the Incognito window - a version of Chrome window where the browsing activities won’t be logged in. To make it appear, start from File > New Incognito Window.

7. Stop ‘Keep Me Logged In’

Every time you login to Facebook account, right at the Log-in page, there’s a checkbox stating ‘Keep me logged in’. Please have it unchecked, and then log in as normal. By setting it, you’re usually asked email and password at every moment you enter Facebook.

8. Stay away from Spam Links

Spam is one of the biggest things Facebook gets serious about, so it always manages to increase its features to protect you from being harmed by scams. The most common attacks here are money scams via Facebook messages, chat, etc, spammed links that redirect you to fake websites, malicious links that damage your computer. You properly get emails from ‘Facebook’ but it’s usually from a ‘Spoofed’ website, which can be seen as part of a scam.

Here are several tips to keep you off being a victim:

1. Stop clicking on unclear links when you find it anywhere, even though it’s from your friends. If obtaining a link, take one further step of asking your friend what that link really is for secure confirmation. As usual, they’re sent without the sender’s awareness. It merely covers all links showing up in your Facebook Chat, Messages, a friend’s post, and even via email
2. Never give username or password to anyone, especially the web pages with unclear links or layouts. Freely giving out passwords will put your Facebook’s personal information security at risk
3. Log in at www.facebook.com only yet not from other links/websites if you’re not entering via Facebook App
4. Get the latest version for your browser for its up-to-date security - it would be able to spot and alert you with the warning at the moment you’re moving to a phishing site

9. Log Out after use

Last but not least, try to log out from Facebook account after use, which is something we must repeat over and over again.

Final Word 

After learning our 9 essential tips in this article, now you can set your mind at ease whenever surfing Facebook. Like anyone else, we would not have thought that our own Facebook accounts can be hijacked, but according to the latest LinkedIn Security Breach, it proves that besides you, there are also others out there online who try hard to gain access to our private information. Don’t ever let them do that easily.

Are there other tricks on maximizing security that we’ve just missed here? Comment below to remind us right away!