Your Facebook account is like the information mine of your personal and professional lives. And so at the back end of your mind, you always have the concern for these information mines not to be hacked ever, making you fall into unwanted circumstances. These unwanted situations can range from sending unusual texts to acquaintances and strangers, to spamming timeline with unwanted posts to exposing information that you don’t want to- all done by the intruder!
But when reality is checked, although you and I, everyone is concerned about our security, we don’t really make the effort to secure it.
It’s high time you did! Believe me, it will not take you more than 15 minutes to secure your account. The steps required to be taken are not rocket science.
Here’s a complete guide to securing your account from illegal access.
Settings> Security and login> You’ll get the following 6 options:
- When You’re Logged In
- Two-factor Authentication
- Setting Up Extra Security
You can secure your account very strictly by editing all the mentioned options. After the detailed breakdown of all the options here, there’ll be some bonus tips for your awareness.
Option 1: Recommended
You can already know from the dialogue box that your trusted contacts can help you recover your account if it gets locked out.
Click on ‘Edit’ for this box to pop up. Mention the 5 most trusted friends by selecting ‘Choose Trusted Contacts’.
Socian Suggestion: We suggest you to choose from the following persons: your parents, siblings and best friends. Who else can be more trustworthy?
Option 2: Where You’re Logged In
Suppose, you had logged in from another device and just remembered that you forgot to log out! Now that’s risky actually!
Or, from some circumstances you’ve realized that your account has been hacked. May be that your friend has informed you after noticing an unusual post or after receiving an unusual text from your account.
What you can immediately do is:
- Come to this section to see the list of devices you had logged in from
- Identify the device you forgot to log out from/ the device you yourself didn’t login from
- Log out from all the sessions of those devices. (Click on ‘See More’ to find the option of ‘Log Out of All Sessions’ )
- Choose the ‘Not You’ option from the list shown on right corner
After clicking on ‘Not You?’, Facebook will show you the activities performed by that device. If it wasn’t you, you can follow the ‘Secure Account’ option.
Option 3: Login
The first option recommends you to use a strong password. Find tips on this at the end of this blog.
The second option tells you that, whenever you login to Facebook from your device, you don’t need to write the email and password all over again. You can just click on your profile picture and get logged in directly.
Option 4: Two-Factor Authentication
This option lets you secure your account more efficiently. Rather, it won’t be an overstatement if said that this ‘Two-Factor Authentication’ secures you in the best way among all the five options.
If you ever try to login from a different device, a device that Facebook authority doesn’t recognize, they’ll send a code to either your mobile phone number or let you scan a QR-code to login. Besides, it’ll let you list down devices that you’ll give authority to.
How this helps you from getting hacked: If any hacker tries to login to your account, they’ll be logging in from a different device, definitely! But, eventually they’ll be unable to login because as soon as they will put the password, Facebook will send a code to your phone number so that it can be put to that device and can be confirmed that it was ‘you’ logging in, not someone else. Sadly, the hacker will fail in his mission because the code will be with you and not with him/her!
The steps have been explained below:
- Select ‘Edit’. Click on “Get Started” to go to the next step.
2) Choose one Security Method. As you choose the ‘Text Message’ option, your account will be secured by your phone number, to which, Facebook can send you messages about security concerns. Same is about ‘Authentication App’ where you just need to have an app that can scan codes. This will help you generate codes while logging in from other devices. As a result, someone else can never get access to your account.
3) Now from the second option of ‘Authorized Login’ from where you can a make a list of trusted devices which will require no codes while logging in!
Option 5: Setting Up Extra Security
In this option, Facebook lets you to be aware in every possible way by sending you notifications through 4 platforms: Facebook notifications, messenger, email and phone number. From here you can add a different email and phone number too.
Select ‘Edit’ to change some further settings.
You’ll find the all the ‘Don’t get notifications’ options selected. Change them to Get notifications’ so that you get notified about any illegal accessing and recover soon!
As soon as you click on ‘Save Changes’, you’ll receive the following message from Facebook Login Alerts.
Option 6: Advanced
Easily understandable from the option’s name that this provides you extra-extra security!
This is how it helps you:
- Encrypted notification emails give you the option to receive notification emails that only you can decrypt. As a result, it’ll be impossible for anyone to fetch information from emails. Here, after you click on ‘Edit’, you’ll find the following box:
PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy. Don’t worry please! Making a PGP code is not a rocket science at all. To make a PGP Key, simply click on ‘here’ and a code will be downloaded which will appear in the name ‘ facebook.asc’. Open this and you’ll find the PGP key. Copy it and paste it in this white box and here you go! Your PGP key will help you decrypt email notifications.
BONUS TIPS FROM SOCIAN:
- DO NOT SHARE YOUR PASSWORD WITH ANYONE!
You better not make this mistake!
- DO NOT SELECT THE ‘Remember Password’ shown by your browser or ‘Remember me’ option while logging in.
To take the best possible precaution, it’s better not to choose these options ever. If it’s hard for you to remember passwords, you better right it down somewhere secretive, or in your phone’s memo(don’t forget to secure the memo with a password)
- USE A VERY STRONG PASSWORD:
Make your password a combination of the following things: Capital letters, small letters, ‘space’, numbers.
Besides, try not to use passwords with things closely associated with you because that becomes very easily guessable by any person.
- ONLY ADD PEOPLE YOU KNOW IN REAL LIFE:
If you’re no more a teenager and therefore no longer excited about having a virtual friend, then please don’t make the mistake of adding unknown people in your friend-list. You know never know who’s behind the screen!
- OBSERVE YOUR FRIENDS’ CHATTING STYLE:
Hello David. How are you?
Hlw David….how r u?
Hello Daviiiid !!! How r uuuu????
There are thousand other ways of chatting. So know your friends well and observe how they chat and what topics they usually discuss with you. If you ever sense something unusual, you better not lengthen the conversation and rather call your friend for awaring him/her.
Follow these steps and protect your Facebook account from illegal access just in minutes!