Facebook is a part of our daily life. Without posting a photo, status updates or comments a day won’t complete for most of us.
Some times we may share highly confidential information among thousands of unknown friends in the social network. We don’t know who are they, where are they coming from and whether they represent an actual person or not. We neglect all these things and post whatever we want on Facebook because of personal interests. Learn 10 essential Facebook privacy settings everyone should know in this post.
Facebook security is very important nowadays. Your account may be hacked by cyber criminals any time if you are not taking enough steps to give it hacking proof protection.
Our guide will give you detailed knowledge on essential security settings for a Facebook account.
A strong password is essential for any web account. It should be alpha numeric mixed with numbers, alphabets and special characters. Password once used should not be used in any other site. It may affect the security of both the accounts.
Never share your credentials with others even though how much closer they are. Some people have a practice of saving password on the browser. But it’s not a good thing. There is a chance to use your system by someone else when you are away. If you are not secured the computer or mobile using password, others may get access to your settings or web accounts. So it’s better to avoid saving Facebook credentials on the browser by using inbuilt options or extensions.
LastPass like password managers are popular and used by millions of users to store login information. Don’t forget to apply master password on them and make a proper log out after each session.
2. Login Alerts
Get alerts whenever you login into Facebook. It will help you if someone else started using your account. You will get notifications on the primary email address in the account.
Option is available here: Settings > Security > Login Alerts > Enable/Disable.
3. Login Approvals
Activate two-factor authentication on your Facebook account. There are several methods to make use of the function. Text message is most popular among them. You will get an additional code in registered mobile number after signing in with your regular credentials. Submit the code to access your profile. If not, you won’t be able to log in.
Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) security key is another option to turn on the feature. Here you have to tap physical security key as second step verification for login. But the main drawback is that this function will work with certain browsers and mobile devices only. In such a situation users should use alternate ways to confirm their identity.
Instead of text messages, you can generate verification codes using Facebook mobile like apps too. If none of the options work, use backup codes for the purpose. You can download and use them in emergency situations.
Option is available here: Settings > Security > Login Approvals > Enable/Disable.
4. App Passwords
We signing in to several websites and apps using the Facebook account. We are not reading what type of permissions it requires and blindly click OK button to use their service. Such apps can collect important information from your account like personal details, friends list and history which may affect your account safety at a later time. So instead of giving blind permissions generate passwords for each of the apps.
Option is available here: Settings > Security > App Passwords.
5. Public Key
If you want to encrypt all the notification emails sent by Facebook, download and insert the key in the desired box. The file can be opened with Notepad and paste it to your OpenPGP public key field. Put a tick mark on the following option to encrypt notification emails of Facebook.
Option is available here: Settings > Security > Public Key.
6. Trusted Contacts
A friend in need is a friend in deed. Your Facebook account may be locked because of suspicious activities or hacking attempts. In such a situation you will need friend’s help to get back the account. Add your reliable friends to trusted contacts list. Choose them carefully as they should help you when a need arises.
Option is available here: Settings > Security > Trusted Contacts.
7. Recognised Devices
Check recognized devices in your list for which you won’t get login notifications. If you are not familiar with any of them, remove the same from further free access.
Option is available here: Settings > Security > Recognised Devices.
8. Signing in Activity
Review signing in activity of your account. It will show the location, device, browser and operating system used for login. Put an end on suspicious sessions or clear everything at once.
Option is available here: Settings > Security > Where You’re Logged In.
9. Profile picture login
Profile picture login is interesting feature Facebook introduced recently. It lets you login to the account without using an email address, mobile phone and with the profile picture.
The feature is more useful especially if you are using Facebook from public computers. Others can’t sign in into the account without identifying your picture and getting the password. Delete no longer using devices and browsers from the list to avoid misuse if any.
10. Say no to free WiFi
You should be familiar with the term free WiFi zones now. They let you browse internet from the laptop, mobile without any charges. But what about the safety?
There may not be sufficient security precautions taken, so criminals can break into their systems and collect your confidential information. If you are not sure about the authenticity of WiFi providers, stay away from using your personal accounts there.
11. Beware of proxies
Proxy is another term that you should be taken care of. We use them for browsing blocked websites in your country. But remember that, such proxies help us to surpass a law anyway. We don’t know what type of information they are collecting from our side too. So avoid them.
12. Be secured with Anti virus
Install and use a good anti virus application on your system. It protects you from malicious attacks and monitor apps regularly for suspicious activities. So no one can install unwanted apps on the device to collect your internet banking, credit card and other login details.
13. Lock connected devices
You may have trusted devices for using emails and social accounts. It may be your personal laptop, mobile or even office computer. Lock them when you are not using it. Otherwise, any one can access your connected accounts on behalf of the original user.
14. Update Operating System and browsers
Turn on automatic updates for your operating system and browsers. Developers will send timely updates to prevent latest security threats which may harm your computer. If you don’t want to become another victim of hacking, use the latest version of OS and browsers.
15. Avoid apps from non secured sources
You will find thousands of websites to download free apps. Some of them offer cracked versions of premium apps too. But we know that no one will do such jobs for charity. They will get some type of benefits for offering free contents. Cracked apps may contain malicious codes to track and send confidential details to unknown servers. So you should install programs either from official stores or from trusted sites which have HTTPS certificate. HTTPS guarantees that the said website or store using encrypted protocol for communications which provides enhanced security to all your activities, so no one else can collect them from the middle.
16. Never click unknown message links
Facebook users get virus links in the form of messages. Once clicked, it may infect your account and will send the same link to everyone in your friend list. They will open the link in the belief that it’s sent by you. Before clicking a link, make sure that it’s sent by the same person and not a spyware.
17. Use incognito mode
When browsing through public computers, use incognito mode of the modern browsers. It is useful for not storing your browsing activities like websites visiting, downloads, passwords anywhere on the system or server.
To enable incognito mode in Chrome and Firefox browsers, press Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows) or Command+Shift+N (Mac) together. Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer users should press Ctrl+Shift+P to activate the feature.
18. Update your contact information
Update your phone number, email id with Facebook. The social network will send the verification link to them, in case you lost access to the account. So always add your latest mobile number and email in the profile.
19. If hacked?
What will you do if the account is hacked? Report to Facebook that your account has been compromised.
20. Legacy contact
Legacy contact lets others manage your Facebook account after the death of yours. They will be able to pin posts on your timeline, respond to friendship requests but can’t see messages or posts as you.
Option is available here: Settings > Security > Legacy contact.
Finally, take backup of your account data by going to general tab of Facebook settings.