Tip 1 – Create a strong password
Make sure your Facebook password is different from your other online accounts.
To change your password, go to Account Settings > General > Password.
Facebook accepts three forms of your password:
– Your original password.
– Your original password with the first letter capitalized. This is only for mobile devices, which sometimes capitalize the first character of a word.
– Cool: Your original password with the case reversed, for those with a caps lock key on (e.g both “1qazedc8AZERTY” and “1QAZEDC8azerty” work).
Tip 2 – Confirm Your Mobile Number
Even if you lose or forget your password, Facebook will be able to send you a new one via SMS.
To add your mobile number, go to Account Settings > Mobile and click on Add a Phone.
Tip 3 – Activate Secure Browsing
By turning on the Secure Browsing option, 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.
Go to Account Setting > Security > Secure Browsing.
Tip 4 – Activate ‘Login Approvals’
Login approvals is 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 unrecognized devices. To activate it, go to Account Settings > Security, look for Login Approvals and click on the Edit button.
Code Generator: Facebook will offer you to setup a Code Generator from your mobile phone; this is useful in case you are unable to receive SMS.
Tip 5 – See your profile as others see it and decide how private you want your profile to be
To view your account as others view it, go to your Privacy Settings, and select Timeline and Tagging in the left panel. Next, click “View As” to the right of “Review what other people see on your timeline”. Your timeline will then appear as the public sees it.
You can also uncheck the “Let friends of people tagged in my photos and posts see them” box. This ensures that only your friends are able to see posts and photos that you tag.
Tip 6 – Review app permissions
. To review your Facebook app permissions, click Apps in the left pane of the Account Settings window, choose Edit to the right of the app’s entry, and either change the app’s visibility via the drop-down menu, or click “Remove app” at the bottom of the entry. You can also click “Report app” to let Facebook know the app is spam, inappropriate, or requesting too much information, or to contact the developer to report a bug or abusive content, or for another reason.
Never allow a third party app to gain access to your personal information, especially if it’s not trustworthy. These apps will have rights to post anything on your behalf, which can make it dangerous if you want a secured Facebook account. Always use third party apps that are good and have a very good reputation on Facebook. Some Facebook apps grab all the permissions they can, including access to your information and the ability to post photos and status updates “on your behalf.
To review your Facebook app permissions, go to Account Settings > Apps, choose Edit to the right of the app’s entry, and either change the app’s visibility via the drop-down menu.
When you add an application, you are trusting the developer of the application with your data. The best solution (apart from not adding any applications at all, or not being on Facebook) is to not put any sensitive information on Facebook, including correct birthdays and other personal data that could be used in identity theft
Tip 7 – Opt out of Facebook ads
Facebook currently doesn’t let third-party apps or ad networks use your image or name in ads, but that may change in the future. To opt out, go to Account Settings > Ads > Third Party Sites and select “No one” in the drop-down menu under “If we allow this in the future, show my information to” and then click Save Changes.
To exclude yourself from Facebook’s social ads, same thing but click Edit in the Ads & Friends section, choose “No one” on the drop-down menu next to “Pair my social actions with ads for,” and select Save Changes.
Tip 8 – Be careful about Facebook friend request
Ensure that you accept only persons you know as your friends as when you accept strangers, you allow them to access your personal information.
Tip 9 – Trusted Contacts
Think twice before telling your Facebook password to anyone. Trusted contacts are friends that can securely help you if you ever have trouble accessing your account.
Go to Account Settings > Security > Trusted Contacts. From there you’ll be able to select contacts you really trust like family members.
Tip 10 – Use a VPN on non-secured WIFI connections
Keep in mind that if you are using an open public non-secured WIFI hotspot all of the data that is sent using http :// ( instead of https :// ) can be viewed by any network snooper. Security experts have demonstrated just how simple it is to steal passwords from famous social networks simply by using a laptop and hanging around nearby an public hotspot. Stay away from revealing your personal info: avoid using open WIFI hotspots or choose a virtual private network (VPN) to secure your connection.
Never check the box “Keep me logged in.” If you do so, it will increase the chances of people hacking into your accounts. When you open up your account in a friend’s computer or from cyber cafe, never click on ‘Keep me logged in’ as well. This applies to every other account you have on the Internet including your email account.