Friday, May 3, 2013

Securing Your Facebook Account

Facebook has emerged as the world’s most popular and largest social networking site with more than one billion users. Facebook has successfully marked its presence among teens as well as young and older adults. It’s a way to connect with your family or friends, a means of interaction with strangers.

Limit your connections

Most key privacy settings are accessible by clicking the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your profile screen (next to your name and the Home button). From here, select Privacy Settings in the drop-down menu.  Click on Edit Settings next to the How You Connect option to begin your profile lockdown. This section contains five privacy settings.
Facebook privacy: connections
Limit who can find you, contact you and post to your timeline.

Facebook offers many features to its users for a safe and secure online experience. Facebook has recently announced and added the full HTTPS support for the site to keep you protected from security threats like viruses, malware and hackers. But, if you are using HTTPS support, encrypted pages take longer to load and your account will be slower. The best part of Facebook, however, is that you can customize your account’s settings and privacy to suit your needs.

Profile -> Settings
Go to: settings -> privacy 
Here you can customize visibility of your basic details such as profile information, status updates, friends, your wall, photos or videos you are tagged in etc. In short, you can adjust your privacy on all of the above elements.

Profile -> Settings
Go to: settings -> general accounts setting
In this section, you can customize your contact details such as your phone number, user name, password and e-mail address. You also can hide your contact details from strangers.

Profile -> Settings
Go to: settings -> timeline and tagging settings
In this section, you can adjust your settings for tagging of photos, who can see your timeline and who can add items to your timeline.

Profile -> Settings
Go to: settings -> blocking
Facebook also offers a unique “block” feature. You can use this feature to block those who are sending you weird messages, posting spam links or are annoying you in any way.

Other security measures
  • Do not click on suspicious links.
  • Use a unique password for accessing your Facebook account and never disclose it to anyone else.
  • Avoid logging into your Facebook account on untrusted networks.
  • Just because a link is on Facebook doesn’t mean it is safe avoid clicking on Facebook ads.
  • Avoid using third party applications like online data transfer, information exchange, games etc.
  • Never forget to logout.
  • Share your posts, updates, pictures within your friend circle rather than making it public.

How-To Video: Securing Facebook

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