Your Facebook account is an extension of your personal or corporate brand that you must maintain with complete control. Social media thrives on trust and clear communication. A hacker can throw your business or personal image into chaos in a matter of seconds if you haven’t taken the proper security precautions.
A good place to start is Facebook’s security documentation page <https://www.facebook.com/
Protect Your Password
Whether you’re using Facebook or banking online, the place to begin with security is a secure password. While you can create your own password that combines capital and lowercase letters with numbers, you can also manage your passwords with a series of programs.
Roboform has received top reviews from the editors at CNET and provides PC users with both a password generator and data encryption. Mac users should check out 1Password, another product that received top reviews from CNET. Besides tracking all of your online form information, 1Password creates secure passwords and protects them for users.
Visit Facebook on a Secure Connection
Browsing over a secure connection ensures that your data is encrypted so that any third parties who find your stream will only see a jumble of letters, numbers, and symbols. Facebook offers a secure connection option, but it’s not a default setting. You’ll need to visit your account settings section and enable the HTTPS option.
Sharon Vaknin, a CNET expert on web and mobile usage, suggests, “If you access Facebook from many locations it’s recommended that you enable this new security feature.”
Upgrade Your Log In Security Settings
Most people don’t like to receive automatic e-mail notifications from Facebook about comments on a post or a friend request. However, Facebook does provide a notification option that will alert you when someone logs in to your account from another device you have never used before. In addition, you can set up an authentication process any time you log in to your account by way of providing an extra layer of security for your account.
Automatically Log Out
One of the simplest and often most overlooked parts of Facebook security is ensuring you log out from any public location after viewing your page.
If you use a public computer on a regular basis in your company and you need a reminder to regularly log out, you can download an auto log out extension, such as this tool from SoftPedia. However, if you want a little more control and flexibility when logging out, Facebook also makes it possible to log out from your account from a different location and device.
Facebook’s recent security upgrades make it easier to ensure your account is protected. Regarding account settings and security, Facebook provides the following information: “Under the Account Security section of your Account Settings page you’ll see all of your active sessions, along with information about each session. In the unlikely event that someone accesses your account without your permission, you can also shut down the unauthorized login before resetting your password and taking other steps to secure your account and computer.”
Your online reputation is a valuable asset that you can’t afford to leave unprotected. Facebook’s latest security measures make it possible to manage your account from anywhere and fix any security oversights you may have made. Your account security is now so easy to manage that you can’t afford to skip it.
This post is written by Lior Levin, a marketing consultant for a company that offers a to do list app for businesses and individuals, and who also consults for a neon sign store that provides customized neon sign options.