Facebook begun as a media to only link up with friends and mates we haven’t met in a long while.
Years down the line, Facebook has become a mutli-million dollar business, not for the owner, Mark Zuckerberg only, but for members too!
Facebook has become a goldmine; you can equally make money on Facebook like you make money on youtube.
Losing a Facebook account lately is just like losing your job or business!
Even if you you don’t run a business on Facebook, losing your cherished network of friends and colleagues you have built over years is headbanging!
That said, you need to take advantage of Facebook to promote your business .
It is very crucial to get your business online in this digital era; a huge presence on a social media like Facebook is mandatory.
Facebook is not only a platform for arguments, jokes, religion and the like, take advantage of the popularity of Facebook to grow your business.
There are a lot of online marketers using Facebook sponsored ads and organic traffic to make thousands of dollars weekly and monthly.
Losing your Facebook account to a hacker means losing your money making Facebook pages that sends traffic to your business. Losing your Facebook account means losing your network of like-minded entrepreneurs.
Losing your Facebook account means losing your music fan page; where you interact with and sell to your fans!
Losing a Facebook account today is crazy, you need to protect your Facebook account from hackers.
I have outlined 12 ways that you can implement to help protect your Facebook account from hackers below.
1.Don’t Use ‘Remember My Password or Save My Password” Features On Browsers
This is self explanatory.
Sometimes when you browse websites where you are required to enter a password to log in, you get a pop up from the browser, asking if you’d want the password to save your password; don’t click on yes.
A third party user could easily access your account too when they use your computer if you activate this feature.
Such “save my password” pop up features normally show when you use Chrome.
2.Don’t Click On Suspicious Links Sent To Emails Linked To Your Facebook Account
Occasionally I am sure you do receive some spam emails that miraculously end up in your inbox instead of spam.
Do not click on any link in suspicious mails.
If you receive an email with a suspicious subject, delete it immediately.
Examples of such emails are false death reports of celebrities and so called leaked sex videos of celebrities.
Hackers use this medium to attack your account with a virus and hack and your account.
If that particular email is associated with Facebook, they can easily hack your Facebook account too.
3.Change Your Password Periodically
Another test book way to protect your Facebook account from hackers is to change your password periodically; after every five to six months is ideal.
4.Use Very Strong Passwords
To protect your facebook account from hackers, use very strong passwords.
Avoid giving out easy clues by using your birth dates, name, spouses name, and anything or name related to you.
Even if you’d like to use your name, the characters that follow should be impossible to guess.
Cultivate the habit of adding block letters, upper and lower cases and alphanumeric characters to your password.
6.Avoid Using Your Facebook Password Anywhere Else
This is also another test book way to protect your Facebook account from hackers.
Do not use your Facebook password to sign up on a different website.
If someone is able to access the password for that website, he/she would be able to hack your Facebook account too by try and error.
7.Don’t Mention Your Password To Anyone
This is self explanatory and basic.
Don’t give out your password to anyone; not even a relative or a partner.
They could carelessly reveal it.
8.Avoid Typing Your Password Into Public or Foreign Computers
This is very important.
Be very cautious when you use public computers; in the internet cafe especially.
I recommend that you change your password after using a public PC.
There are so many hackers around looking for gold accounts to pounce on.
9.If You Have To Use A Public PC, Always Remember To Log Out Before You Exit
Make sure you don’t forget to log out from Facebook and all other websites after using a public PC.
Most of these internet cafes have put timers on their servers so sometimes you are unable to log out before time up.
If this happens to you, never leave the cafe premises without ensuring that you have signed out, even if you have to pay extra to just sign out.
The next person who uses the same PC after you would easily access your Facebook account, and woe unto you if this person is up to no good!
I have witnessed this time and again at a Vodafone internet cafe; I try to login to my Facebook or Gmail and I see an already active Facebook or Gmail account! This is suicidal, never repeat this mistake!
If I am up to no good, I would just go through the inbox of the stranger’s mail and Facebook to look for a “goldmine”.
Always have it at the back of your mind to logout from all websites, 10 minutes to time up.
You never know the calibre of human who is next to use your PC after you.
10.Activate Facebook Security Settings
This is one of the best ways to protect your Facebook account from hackers most definitely.
Whenever you or someone tries to log in to your account with a different device, from a different location or IP, you would be notified first on via text message whether to grant login or not.
To activate this security tool using a PC,
*click on the drop down menu(arrow) at the top right side of the homepage.
*Click on settings
*On the left side of the screen, click on “Security”, you will find it right under “General”.
At Security Settings you should see these:
Get an alert when anyone logs into your account from an unrecognized device or browser.
Improve your security by requiring a login code or security key in addition to your password.
Manage an Open PGP key on your Facebook profile and enable encrypted notifications.
Use special passwords to log into your apps instead of using your Facebook password or login codes.
- Recognized Devices
Review which browsers you saved as ones you often use.
Your Trusted Contacts
Choose friends you can call to help you get back into your account if you get locked out.
Where You’re Logged In
Review and manage where you’re currently logged into Facebook.
Choose a family member or close friend to care for your account if something happens to you.
Deactivate Your Account
Choose whether you want to keep your account active or deactivate it.
Activate the login alerts, Two Factor Authentication and Public Key, just click on the Edit link beside them and follow instructions.
If you are using a mobile, click on the menu icon at the top right(the three lines next to the notifications icon at the top right).
Scroll down and look for Account Settings, you will find it right under Data Saver.
At Account settings, you should find Security right beneath General.
10.Be Very Selective Of The People You Confirm As Facebook Friends
This is self explanatory but another crucial way to protect our Facebook account from hackers.
Do not accept friend requests from suspicious people.
If you notice anyone in your list posting suspicious contents, unfriend them.
11.Be careful of the information you share with the online community
Do not share personal information like bank accounts, financial status and the like on Facebook, if it is not for marketing purposes.
This could draw attention to hackers who would try everything possible to hack your account to access the goody goodies in your inbox.
This is one of the reasons why you shouldn’t share or save vital information in your Facebook inbox.
Do not also post silly information like “I used my partner’s name as password and I have to change it cos we broke up”. When you do this, you give hackers clues about how you create your passwords.
12.Do not click on shared spam links
Similar to point number 2, do not click on suspicious links on Facebook like reports of death celebrities.
Do not click on these links if it hasn’t been reported on any major news network.
Most of these are viruses sent break down your computer and hack data.
Also avoid clicking on leaked sex tapes links of celebrities.
Nearly all of those are traps.
Also, quickly Change your password if you suspect your account has been hacked.
Yeah, so these are some tips to help you protect your Facebook account from hackers.
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