Safety on the Internet is now a top priority for most users following the thousands of hack cases reported lately.
One of the key areas of concern to internet users is how to secure their Facebook accounts from the prying eyes of Hackers who fancy using other people’s accounts for fraudulent activities.
In this article, we shall look at ways of ensuring the safety of your Facebook account.
Use Super Strong Password
One of the first things you should do to secure your Facebook account is for you to use a very strong password.
There goes the question: What is a strong password?
A strong password should include the following features:
- Contain at least one uppercase letter
- Contain at least one special character (@,/,(,),£,&)
- Contain at least 8 characters in total
- Contain at least one number
Again, your password should be something people can’t guess easily. That’s to say, the following may be bad ideas for a password:
- Your phone number
- Your date of birth
- Your first name
- Your surname
- Any other password easy to be guessed
Enabling Second Factor Authentication
Second Factor Authentication also is known as 2 Factor Authentication or 2FA is a security system used by websites and applications to ensure that users provide at least 2 evidence of ownership before they are allowed access to their accounts.
Usually, the 2FA includes entering your password and then dialling a unique code you receive through email or text message or via a call.
So virtually, if you have 2FA enabled on your Facebook account, you, first of all, get to type your email and password as has always been the case when you’re trying to login.
But, after successfully entering your password, you’ll have to choose another means of authentication which is either email or text message. Depending on the method you choose, you receive a one-time code which you have to enter to access your account.
Setup A List Of Friends To Contact When You Are Locked Out Of Your Account
Facebook knows that there may be times when you’re genuinely locked out of your account so their team developed a way of dealing with that situation.
You can set up a list of trusted friends whom you’ll like Facebook to contact when you’re genuinely locked out of your account. You need at least 3 trusted friends’ account to be able to set this up.
Remember that this could be a little bit tricky. So only add people you can truly trust and be sure to remember their names.
Whenever all your entry trials fail, you’ll have to fall on these people for access to your account.
So, here is how to set it up:
- Locate and click on settings and privacy on your Facebook app
- Click on settings
- Click on Security and Login
- At the extreme top of the next window, you shall see “Add trusted friends. Click on that
- Click on add friends.
- Enter the names of your friends and add them.
- Click on done
- Enter your password to confirm.
Your security feature for trusted friends is set and ready to be used.
NB: You are responsible for choosing someone to be added on this list. Failure to think through it may go against you as anyone you add on this list possesses some amount of power over your account.