It's becoming increasingly common to see friends on social media announcing that they've been "hacked" and to ignore any messages or links sent by them. Indeed, the damage that can be caused by hackers can be really harmful and security for your social media sites should be of the utmost importance. Here are a few security tips we advise so you can be sure this unfortunate incident doesn't occur to you.
1. Choose a secure password
Choosing a unique secure password is the most basic of security protocols that you must implement when first setting up your Facebook account. But how long ago was that, exactly? If you've had your Facebook account for a few years, chances are you're using the same passwords for other accounts and services. Making sure the password is unique is a crucial precaution to ensuring your account is protected.
All passwords should:
- Be unique - never repeat a password
- Be long - at least 8 characters at the very minimum
- Contain uppercase, lowercase, number and symbol characters
- Not be you maiden name, pet, address or other guessable fact about you
- Not be old - update your passwords every two-three years
To change your password head to the Security and Login page in your Options Menu. There you'll find the area to change and save a new password.
Picking a new password can be tricky, especially if you're already juggling remembering a few. Instead of keeping them in your head, you might want to consider using an effective password manager. Password managers help you create strong passwords that are very difficult to break, even by the most sophisticated hacking programs out there today. Password managers also save and organise all your passwords in a single safe location.
Stay tuned for a future blog post that explores some of the best password managers out there.
2. Improve your privacy settings
There's a whole host of other privacy features of Facebook that allows you to significantly improve your online security on the social media site. Three extra security measures Facebook has on its Security and Login page are extra alerts, two-factor authentication, and nominating trusted contacts.
Extra alerts send you an email notification every time you login into your account from a device or browser you don't normally use. The notifications tells you the time and location the login takes place, that way you can detect an intruder as quickly as possible.
Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security that you should be employing on all your social media and email accounts, especially Facebook. You can choose to connect your phone number to receive a second code automatically texted to your phone that you must enter before you can login.
Finally, nominating trusted contacts is another way you can fool proof your account from losing a password. Ensuring that the contact is trusted is paramount.
Alternately, there's a variety of third party security software and tools out there to help you make your Facebook account even more secure, which we will explore in a future blog post.
3. Use some common sense
Protecting your Facebook account doesn't need to be too complicated. Just by knowing the risks and being cautious on social media can help prevent a future Facebook hacking. Regularly checking your apps for anything you don't remember adding and removing apps you haven't used in awhile is a great precaution to take.
Always be wary when logging onto public devices, and never leave anything logged in. Also be very protective of your personal devices, don't lose them or lend them to people you don't fully trust, and ensure they and any important and sensitive data stored on the device is protected too with secure passwords. Never write your passwords down in writing or share them in an email or online/text message.
If your account does get hacked, immediately report it to Facebook as compromised. Facebook then assists you to take back control of your account and remove any damage caused.
SAASPASS is a great, easy to use service that provides two-factor authentication capabilities to all your online accounts. To stay defended against large security breaches, two-factor authentication is the best practice. Stay tuned and we'll be uploading a tutorial on how to use the software very soon.