The very fact that you are starting to read this guide is a very good indication of your awareness of online threats. Most people are completely uninterested in it and do not even realise how little it takes to take over their Facebook accounts and then use them to, for example, defraud them. So how do you secure your Facebook account? It’s not difficult, and we discuss the best ways to do so in our guide.
Firstly: a strong password
Seemingly a cliché, but are you sure? Consider whether your current Facebook account password is really difficult to guess. If, for example, it contains part of your login and digits directly associated with you (e.g. your PESEL number), then have no illusions – it’s not good. Therefore, as a first step, change your password to a stronger one that contains digits, special characters, upper and lower case letters.
Second: log out of the service when you have finished using the site
Interestingly, the vast majority of Facebook users don’t do this, as if they hadn’t considered at all the possibility that a stranger might be able to get into their accounts and make quite a mess using them. Logging out of Facebook at the end of your visit should become a habit for you, even on a mobile device.
Third: two-factor verification
If you haven’t turned it on yet, catch up quickly. There is no more effective way of securing your Facebook account (but also any other website) than two-factor verification. You can enable it in the settings. Once you have done this, you will only be able to log in to your account after entering your password and a special one-time code generated by a third-party application – the most popular of which is Google Authenticator.
Fourth: trigger notifications and unrecognised logins
This, too, can be triggered from your account’s settings menu, under ‘Security and Login Settings’. If you select “Receive notifications of unrecognised logins”, Facebook will start sending you emails whenever you log into your account from an unrecognised device, IP address or even web browser. If you are not the one who has logged into your account, you will gain the ability to quickly secure your account and change your password.