There are many ways to prevent access to your account. The easiest of which is to log out. However if your smartphone or device gets stolen, it’s a whole different matter. In this post, i’ll go through some important ways you can prevent others from accessing your personal Facebook account.
1. Anti-Phishing Techniques:
Phishing is the easiest trick in any hackers arsenal. All it needs is for the victim to click on a link and log with in their original details on a fake page. Here’s an example of one link.
If you’re still logged in to Facebook and a link requests that you type in your Facebook details again, don’t do that.
There’s a high chance your details will be stolen once you type in your details on the page. This is different from pages that ask you to log in with Facebook and requests access to your account.
Try to be smart.. so, you won’t fall victim to hackers.
2. Create a Strong Password
Chances are, you already have your password created for Facebook. However, it is advisable for you to make sure your Facebook password is one of a kind. It should be different from your other online accounts e.g. email, blog, hosting etc.
The best passwords would have the combination of small and capital letters, numbers and symbols.
To change your password, go to Account Settings > General > Password.
3. Confirm your mobile number
Confirming your mobile number is one of many ways to enhance your account security on Facebook. So, when you lose or forget your password, Facebook will be able to send you a new one via SMS.
Also, if you have an email address, make sure to add it to your account. And also update your phone number as well.
4. Avoid saving passwords on public devices
Cybercafés are awesome alternatives when you do not have any data on your device. They are also reserves for passwords since most people just click on ‘yes’ on the save password dialog box.
They do so because of the rush they face during browsing. This might also happen to you. If you do not have a device to browse the web, never save your passwords on a device you have no control over.
The password will remain there, and someone will definitely log into your account without any hustle.
5. Opt for Two-Way Verification
This feature sends an authentication message to your phone every time you or a hacker tries to log in to your account. You can use this through third-party software or Facebook’s verification mechanism.
When logging in, you receive a unique code that will enable you to access Facebook in that session only. Once the session has ended, you will need to receive another authentication message to access your account once more.
I know it’s super inconvenient to go through all that instead of a once-click login. It is, however, better to be safe than sorry.
6. Protect yourself from spyware and malware
The hacking problems are not only web-based. A person can hack your browser through malicious software you may have unknowingly installed on your computer.
Some of these software could also spam some pop-up ads onto your screen or browser. You can avoid this by using malware, adware, and spyware removers.
If your Facebook account has already been hacked, don’t panic. There are lots of ways you can recover a hacked Facebook account.