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Five Tips to Secure Your Facebook Account

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Secure Your Facebook Account

Maintain Security of Your Personal Information

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Online Profiles are Subject to Security Risks

We have all heard it before – keep your online profiles secure. There are many ways to do this and today we will discuss Facebook online profiles.  It is important to understand ways to maintain the security and privacy of your Facebook account to avoid hacking, identity theft, and to avoid revealing personal information to unwanted users.

Five Tips to Help Secure Your Facebook Account and Personal Info

Secure Your Facebook Account1. Protect your password. Create a password that you only use for your Facebook account and do not use it anywhere else online. Never share your password. You should be the only one who knows it. Avoid including your name or common words. Consider a passphrase using a combination of letters, symbols, and numbers.  A passphrase can me anything you might remember.  Here’s an example: MyBe$tFriend$amI$2Cute

2. Facebook will never ask for your login credentials or credit card information. If you get a request like this, do not respond to it, and do not click on any links within the message. The best solution?  Delete the message. Delete. Delete. Delete.

3. If you are going on a trip, it is probably best to talk about it after you return. When you announce your plans in advance, you are announcing to anyone who can see your profile that your house will be empty for an extended period of time.  Post your vacation pics and your favorite stories from your trips when you return home…and make sure your posts show you are at home now!

Secure Your Facebook Account

4. Log out of your Facebook account when you are finished using it – especially on shared devices. This helps avoid any other user from gaining access to your personal information.

5. Review you security and privacy settings to set up alerts, configure privacy options, and decide who can see your profile.  Log into Facebook and visit the Facebook security page here: Facebook Help.  You can get to the security and privacy settings by clicking on the small drop down arrow in the top right on your Facebook profile and then click on settings.  The menu looks like this:

What if you suspect your Facebook account has been hacked?

From Cnet.com:
There are several different ways hackers use a breached Facebook account.  Automatic logins through Facebook allow hackers access to many different accounts once they have taken over your Facebook account.  Spammers also hack Facebook accounts to gain access to your followers.  From your profile, a hacker can gather a lot of personal information about you that can be used to steal your identity.  Read the full article here:

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