February 8, 2012

Ensure Security on Facebook

Many peoples are not aware about security setting of their social networking site which make their shared data and account security vulnerable to get hacked.

To ensure security of social networking sites one need to ensure that they properly set their privacy and security settings provided by their social networking service providers like Facebook, Google, Linkin, etc.

As security in one of the most important issue that might not be possible to tell in this single post so I am providing only  security setting that one need to ensure that’s too on famous social networking site Facebook.
There are many thing you need to do to ensure your account security:

  1. Allow Secure Browsing

  2. Start Login Notification

  3. Choose Application Password

  4. Always Check Recognized Device

  5. Close Unknown Active Session

  6. Update Your Security Information

  7. Add Trusted Friends

1. Secure Browsing

It will allow you to browse Facebook on secure (https) connection whenever possible. HTTPS make your connection more secure while browsing using https protocol.

Go to Account Setting > Security > Secure Browsing

2. Login Notification

Facebook can notify you whenever your account is accessed from a computer or mobile device that you haven't used before.

If you select the option to receive notifications for logins from new devices, when you log in, you'll be asked to name and save the various devices you use to access Facebook.

For example, you can save your home computer, your school or work computer, and your mobile phone. Once you've done this, whenever someone logs in to your account from a device not on this list, Facebook will ask the person to name the device and notify you soon via email and sms as per notification setting that you have set here.

Go to Account Setting > Security > Login Notification

3. Application Password

Some Facebook Apps can’t receive security codes, which means you could be temporarily locked out if you have Login Approvals turned on. You can use an app password instead of your account password to securely log in to apps such as Jabber, Skype, Xbox.

Go to Account Setting > Security > Application Password

4. Recognized Devices

You won't get notified or have to confirm your identity when logging in from these list of devices shown in this list. Beware only add those device that you can recognized as once you add the name of device in this list then next time you login from any if this device will not ask you for confirmation nor it will notify you about some anonymous login. If you find any unrecognized device in this list then remove it soon as it will provide someone to login into your account without notifying you.

Go to Account Setting > Security > Recognized Devices

5. Active Session

You will see all of your active sessions, along with information about each session. In case of unlikely event that someone accesses your account without your permission, you can also shut down the unauthorized login before resetting your password and taking other steps to secure your account and computer.

Don’t forget to close the unrecognized active session. If possible allow only a single active session.

Go to Account Setting > Security > Active Session

6. Update Your Security Information

If there is ever a problem with your account, this information will make it easier for you to log back in and connect with your friends. Beware while submitting this information as this information will be used to unblock and recover your account in case of it gets hacked.

To go to this page you need to visit following link:

Information you need to submit on this page are:

  • Contact Email

Your primary email address that Facebook can use in order to communicate with you in case of Facebook account get in compromised position.

  • Mobile Phone

Submit your mobile phone number that Facebook can use to send you security code to recover your compromised Facebook account.

  • Security Question

Set your security question that Facebook can use to recognise that it’s you not any one else in case your Facebook account get compromised or has been used at anonymous location or using unrecognised device.

Make sure that no one else other than you can answer these questions.

7. Add Trusted Friends

Trusted friends are friends you can reach out to if you ever get locked out of your Facebook account (ex: you turn on login approvals and then lose your phone, you forget your Facebook password and can’t get into your login email account to receive a password reset). If you get locked out, Facebook will send each of your trusted friends a security code. All you need to do is call your friends and collect the codes.

You’ll only need 3 codes to get back into your account, but Facebook recommend picking 5 trusted friends so you have back-up. Your trusted friends should be people you can easily call and who are likely to respond to you quickly.

You can pick your trusted friends from your Security Settings page.

Note: If you have not selected and set your trusted friends on facebook then someone may use this loophole by adding just 3 fake profile in your account to make it vulnerable to get hack. So beware to select trusted friends to whom you want to send security code in case your Facebook account get compromised.

Always remember not to add any fake profile.


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