Facebook is a great social media tool, but it has obvious security issues. The fact that user’s end up placing so much of their personal information in a single location means that any breach in security can cause a major problem.
Hackers know this, and actively target Facebook accounts. But it isn’t just devious, high-tech hackers causing trouble. Imagine that you’ve just undergone a bad break-up. Your now ex-boyfriend or girlfriend is bitter, and knows your Facebook password, giving them an opportunity to cause mischief.
Facebook does give you methods through which you can protect yourself, however. By using the correct Facebook settings you can have Facebook notify you when suspicious activity occurs.
Setting Up Your Protection
Let’s set up your Facebook account so that you’ll be notified about suspicious behavior.
Log in to your Facebook account. Find the Account tab in the upper right hand corner of the page. A menu will open – select the Account Settings option. Near the bottom of the page you’ll find the Account Security section. Click on Change.
Change the setting to Yes. Doing this will now force Facebook to notify you whenever Facebook is accessed from a device you haven’t used before. This will tip you off if anyone has accessed your account.
Registering Your Computers
Once you’ve changed your Facebook security you’ll also want to register any devices which you frequently use with Facebook, such as a laptop or work computer.
Find another computer and use it to log into Facebook. When you try to log in you will be presented with a screen asking you to register the computer you’re logging in with. You can also give the computer a name. If it is your laptop, for example, you might simply name it “My Laptop.”
Now open the email which is associated with your Facebook account. You should have received an email telling you that a new device was added to your account. The name that you gave the device will be in the email and the time at which you logged in will also be listed.
This new feature won’t stop hackers, but it will give you the chance to respond to them. If you do receive a notification that someone has logged into your account from an unauthorized machine you can respond by immediately changing your password to prevent any future unauthorized access.