Easy Tips to Keep You and Your Account Safe on Facebook

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As we come to the end of Cybersecurity Month and the beginning of the holiday season, people need to remain vigilant about protecting their Facebook account during a time when you frequently connect with family and friends online. Facebook has some insights and tips for people to keep their passwords and accounts safe during this joyous season.  

 

Scammers are constantly looking for ways to access people’s accounts and personal information and the holiday season means more online shopping and receiving messages from people near and far. This increased activity represents an opportunity for criminals to hack into accounts, steal identities and run other nefarious online scams. These scams increasingly target older people. 

 

To help keep users safe this holiday season – and in conjunction with October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Facebook is reminding people that now is a great time to check on your security settings and practices across the internet. 

 

They’ve put together a few simple tips to help protect your Facebook account and personal information and to help them identify the work of online scammers in real-time.  

 

The tips are centered around:

  • Protecting login information,
  • Staying secure while using social media, and
  • Reporting suspicious activity.

 

More information about Facebook’s cybersecurity tips and reminders can be seen below.

 

 

Protect Your Login Information

 

Your username and password are the keys to your account. Keep them safe by:

·  Keeping your password unique: Create a strong, unique password. Don’t use personal information like your name, phone number, email address, birth date or common words. Using the same password for multiple apps and services online increases your risk if that password is compromised.

·  Turning on Login Alerts: We encourage you to sign up to receive alerts whenever someone attempts to log in from a device or web browser we don’t recognize. These alerts will tell you which device tried logging in and where it’s located so you can protect your account.

·  Enabling two-factor authentication: Add another line of defense against hackers looking to compromise your account. Once enabled, two-factor authentication protects your account when you log into Facebook from an unknown device by requiring something you know (your password) and something you have (typically an SMS verification code sent to your number, an authentication app, or a hardware security key).

·  Hardware security keys: Physical security keys, which are small enough to fit on your keychain, are the most secure method of two-factor authentication available. The setup process is easy and only takes a few minutes.

 

Stay Secure While Browsing Social Media

·  Only accept friend and message requests from people you know: Take time to review and confirm each friend and message request that you receive before responding. To help, we launched safety notices in Messenger that pop up in a chat and provide tips to help people spot suspicious activity and block it when something doesn’t seem right. These safety alerts help educate people on how to spot scams or imposters and help them take action to prevent harm.

·  Avoid clicking suspicious links: A common tactic used by malicious hackers across the internet is to trick people into clicking on malicious links. These links can be sent in the form of an urgent message or email, in hopes that people will quickly click it and unknowingly give away their credentials or other personal information.

 

 

Report Suspicious Activity

 

While we have dedicated teams and technologies to detect and block malicious activity, we know that no system is perfect. If you do come across something suspicious on Facebook, please report it to us right away either by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner of a post or through our Help Center so that we can review and take appropriate action.

·  Compromised Accounts: If you think your account may have been hacked, please visit facebook.com/hacked and you’ll be guided through a step-by-step process to learn how to fix it.

·  Suspicious Content: If you come across a link or post that you think is suspicious, please report it to facebook.com/help/reportlinks.

 

 

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