Guest post by Alan. How to secure Facebook? Facebook is the top social network in the world now, where most of us has at least an account associated with it. This web application is built in a way where everyone knows how to use the entire application in just hours but what about its security?
Are all the users concerned about learning Facebook security so that everyone can have a better internet experience? If you have never touched any part of Facebook security, here are 5 quick tips to get your Facebook life secured.
1. Create a strong password for authentication
Passwords can be easily broken by brute-force, if you choose to use a short and simple password. If you don’t have a strong password to protect your account, then whatever security guides that you apply below is not going to do any better. The key here is to have a long and complicated password where complexity is the combination of lower case, upper case, numeric and special characters like symbols.
2. Enable secure HTTPS connection
Simple HTTP connection is totally outdated. It can be tapped and extremely vulnerable to man in the middle attack. As a result, Facebook offers the HTTPS connection so that all the data submitted from your computer to the Facebook server is completely encrypted. Even if there is a man in the middle who taps your connection, all the person gets is gibberish data.
3. Enable login notification
If you are really unlucky where your Facebook credentials are stolen and being used to login, enabling the login notification will keep you notified about this event. By knowing that someone is using your Facebook account without your permission, you can immediately kick them out and set a new password so that they can never login anymore. This feature is extremely good where you can enable notifications from both email and mobile SMS.
4. One Time Password in login approval
One Time Password is a two factor authentication method where you can enable all logins from unknown devices to use One Time Password to ensure that only you can login from an unknown device. By making use of this, there are only two ways for the hacker to use your Facebook identity. One is to steal your recognized device which is your computer or smartphone. The other way is to steal your mobile phone to get the one time password.
5. Logging out from Facebook
Though it might seems to be the easiest, but it is the action that most people forget to perform. Whenever most people are done with checking and replying messages in Facebook, they just close the web browser and walk away from the computer assuming that the session is logged out. Unfortunately, that is a big gamble and not all the web browsers works the same. Some still retain your previous session even though the web browser is closed. Remember to logout. However, now you can also manage your sessions wherein you can perform a remote logout to the computer in which you had just closed the web browser without proper logout.
Guest author Alan Tay is the author of IT Security Column where he usually writes about IT Security and computer tips. on itscolumn.com You can also follow him on Twitter @AlanOnSecurity to get the latest tips on security. Image credit jannoon028/FreeDigitalPhotos.net