How To Improve Your Facebook Account Security

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 03 Jun, 2016

Hackers gain access to 600,000 Facebook accounts each day-causing victims stress and costing them lots of money. While you can’t make your account impenetrable, you can take action to make your account less vulnerable to hackers in two key ways. First, you can strengthen your Facebook security settings. Second, you can practice strong cyber-security habits.

Part One: Facebook Security Settings

You can drastically strengthen the security of your account through some simple setting changes.

  To start, go to the top right corner of your screen and click the upside down triangle:

A drop-down of options should appear. Click “settings”

Your screen should now look like this:

Click on “security” in the left-hand column.

You can change the following settings to improve your account’s security:

1.  Login Alerts : Turn this setting on and Facebook will send you a text and email when your account is used on an unknown device (such as when a hacker tries to log into your account from his/her computer).

2.  Login Approvals: Turn this setting on and a security code texted to you will be required before your account can be accessed on a new browser (this helps prevent other people from logging into your account).

3.  Where You’re Logged in: This will show you all the places (such as your computer and your cell phone) where your Facebook account is logged in. If you don’t recognize the device or location, you can click “end activity” and Facebook will log you out.

Next click “Apps” from the left hand column. Your screen should look like this:

This shows you which third party apps are connected to your Facebook account. You can remove ones you aren’t using anymore or ones you think may be suspicious. These third party apps are also vulnerable to hacks, and if a hacker gains access to one that’s also connected to your Facebook, they can then hack your Facebook. Limiting the number of apps connected to Facebook is a good preventative measure.

Part Two: Strong Security Habits

Besides changing your Facebook settings, you can improve your account’s security by practicing these strong security habits.

1.  Use Facebook on up-to-date tools. Always update the app, your devices, and the internet browsers you use Facebook on. These updates often deal with potential security issues. Installing updates helps ensure security.

2.  Don’t use your Facebook password for anything other than Facebook. It’s tempting to want to use one password for multiple accounts, but it’s a risky move. If a hacker figures out your password, they can then hack every account with that password. If you struggle with keeping passwords straight, you can always tweak passwords slightly for each social media account. For example, ad FB* at the end for your Facebook password.

3.  Change password frequently. It’s recommended you change your password every three months. Simply click “settings” then “general” then “password” to enter a new one.

4.  Log out of Facebook if you use it on a device other than your own, such as a public or work computer.

5.  Lock up devices you use Facebook on. Make sure your computer, phone, or tablet is protected by a password. Otherwise, someone could log on and gain access to your Facebook account. Change device settings so it locks/hibernates after a short period of time.

If you're also on Twitter, check out our blog post on improving your Twitter account's security. For more crime prevention and public safety information, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , and LinkedIn .
Want to make Spokane a safer place? Volunteer at your local C.O.P.S. shop with one of our crime prevention programs , from lifting fingerprints off of vehicles to catch car prowlers to organizing a block watch for your neighborhood.

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