Use These 12 Steps to Secure your Facebook Account

Facebook is getting rid of trusted contacts. One desktop or mobile, navigate to your Facebook Settings and follow these steps:

1️⃣ Ensure your password is long and cryptic. If you can remember your password (for anything!), it’s not cryptic enough. [So long as you are using a strong password – along with 2FA – you shouldn’t need to change your password that often. But, some security experts suggest changing your password every few months.]

2️⃣ Set up 2FA (two-factor authentication) or MFA (multifactor authentication). This is done under your Security and Login settings. Most people utilize SMS to receive a code via text message. However, for optimal security, it’s much better to use an Authenticator app. Google Authenticator and Duo Mobile are among the top apps.

3️⃣ Always use a reputable password manager tool, e.g. LastPass, 1Password, etc.

4️⃣ Never share your login credentials with anyone, for any reason. [To share access to your business page, use Business Manager or Business Suite and add Admins with appropriate roles, ensuring they also have 2FA set up].

5️⃣ Set up extra security by enabling “Get alerts about unrecognized logins.” Select notifications on Facebook, via Messenger and by email.

6️⃣ Periodically check your Logged In Sessions and remove any that you no longer need.

7️⃣ Under Settings, periodically check which Apps and Websites are connected to your Facebook account and still have active access. Remove any you no longer need or use.

8️⃣ Regularly review your Business Integrations – these are apps and services that you’ve used Facebook to log into. Again, remove any you no longer need or use.

9️⃣ Download your information – this setting allows you to download *everything* you’ve ever posted on Facebook and it’s a solid best practice for *both* your personal profile and business Page, as at least you would own a back up off of Facebook. (Just like you back up your website or blog). I would recommend downloading your information a minimum of once a year, but maybe 2-4 times a year depending on how much you post!

🔟 Consider hiding your Friends and Followers on your personal profile if you have a large number of them. The setting is under the 3 dots on your Friends or Followers tab. This is particularly important for profiles that get impersonated as it looks very enticing to a scammer to be able to act as you and try to scam your entire network. The bad actors create a new account with a name that looks very close to yours, use your profile picture, send friend requests to all your publicly visible friends and then spam them with scam links. [This icky scam seems to be increasing lately, particularly on Instagram. 😖]

1️⃣1️⃣ Always triple check any links sent to you via DM and/or email that seems to come from Facebook (or even from trusted friends, as it’s possible they got hacked). Phishing is rampant these days and the scammers are getting cleverer by the day; it’s all too easy to fall prey to something that looks too good to be true. If in doubt, do not click!

1️⃣2️⃣ Keep your web browser up to date and remove any suspicious applications or browser add-ons. Learn more about how to remove browser add-ons or extensions here: https://www.facebook.com/help/331057463663666  

Hopefully you’ll be more confident about how secure your Facebook account is after taking these 12 steps!

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