Over the years, Facebook has grown from being just a social media website to integrate into every part of our lives. People use Facebook to connect with friends and families, Businesses use Facebook to reach more customers and lots more.
It will be a disaster if your Facebook account gets into the wrong hands. Hackers can snoop through your Facebook messages, pose as you on Facebook or even steal pages and Groups you own.
You definitely do not want your Facebook account to get hacked.
In this article, you’ll get ways to secure your Facebook account from hackers.
Update your Phone Number and Email
When a hacker hacks your Facebook account, there’s still hope of recovering your Facebook account if the hacker hasn’t changed your email or password.
Always make sure that you use an email that you have access to or a mobile phone number that you have access to.
You can add as many phone numbers and emails as possible.
Use a Strong Password
Stop using passwords that are so easy to guess. A family member or close friend may want to access your account; such a person could guess right if you use words or numbers relating to you. Hackers can go as far as getting your personal information from other social media accounts; they then try to use this information to access your Facebook account.
Some of the common passwords you should never use are;
- Your date of birth.
- Street name.
- Child/sibling name.
- number progressions/word progressions (e.g 12345, abc123).
- complete words (iloveyou, password, abracadabra).
There are various tools online that help you create secure passwords. One such tool is the LastPass Password Manager or this online password generator.
If your fear is that you will not remember these passwords, use a password manager to save your passwords.
Change your Password More often
There are times you may login your Facebook account on a friend’s phone and forget to log out. Don’t be so sure it has never happened. Someone may have seen you type your password.
If you are the type of person that writes down their Facebook passwords in a notebook, or SMS outbox (we Nigerians are guilty of this); what if someone has seen where you wrote your password and username.
It is advised that you change your password more often. Maybe once in a month.
Like I said earlier if you fear that you won’t remember your passwords, use a password manager to save them.
Enable two Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication also known as 2FA is an extra layer of security. Here’s how two-factor authentication works; you enter your Facebook username and password at the login page, Facebook will send a code to your mobile phone or you get the code from a third party 2FA app.
You have to input this code on the next page that appears to be able to login to Facebook.
How to Enable Two Factor Authentication (2FA) on Facebook
- Go to your Facebook settings.
- Click on security and Login.
- Scroll down to “Use two Factor Authentication”.
- Turn on Two Factor Authentication.
- You could also add your phone numbers and add other extra layers to your satisfaction.
Monitor Devices that is Logged into your Account
Facebook security shows you the devices you have used to login to your Facebook account. Monitor this page once in a while and log out from unknown devices or devices you no longer use.
- Access the Facebook logged in sessions page from here or go through Facebook settings.
- Glance through all the sessions.
- Log out from any unknown or un-used device by clicking the three dots at the right then log out.
Confirm Web-link before you Enter Login Credentials
Some hackers clone the Facebook login page and host it on their web-server. If you enter your correct Facebook login details in that form, the hacker will clearly see your Facebook login credentials without the asterisks (*****).
Always confirm that you are on the authentic Facebook website by checking the address bar.
Monitor Facebook Apps
A couple of times, we give access to apps and websites to certain of our Facebook information. Apps that are no longer in use or unknown apps should be removed instantly.
Go to your Facebook settings page, click on Apps to view the list of apps or websites connected to your Facebook account. You can revoke access to any app or website by clicking the cancel sign beside it.
That’s all on how to protect your Facebook account from hackers.
If you feel your Facebook account has been hacked already, you can quickly report to Facebook by using the Facebook Account Hack report link.