How to protect your Facebook account

Facebook has become an essential platform for a significant number of people in modern life. It can be comprehensive for small businesses and individuals. It can be financially and emotionally draining to have your Facebook account hacked or compromised. So how can you secure your account?

Below we indicate some measures that you must take into account and if you want to delve deeper into the subject, we recommend that you visit the Citeia website, where you will find cybersecurity topics to protect users from different methods of hacking.

Activate Facebook 2FA (two-factor authentication)

Facebook comes with a built-in two-step authentication system. This feature requires you to use a specific phone number or mobile app each time you log into the site. Beyond your password, 2FA serves as a simple yet meaningful layer of protection for your account.

To activate 2FA, log in to your account and go to the “Settings” menu, then click on “Security and login”. Under the “Two-Factor Authentication” heading, click “Edit” to enable the feature. You’ll have to choose from an authenticator app or use your phone number, but both options provide easy-to-follow instructions, this is the most basic feature you need to enable to prevent people trying to hack Facebook from failing .

Set up trusted friends

Facebook offers a feature that allows your friends or family to help you recover your account if you lose it. This feature is known as “Trusted Friends”.

Log in to your Facebook account, click on the triangle at the top right of your screen, then select “Settings and privacy”.

  • In the drop-down menu that appears, click “Settings”.
  • Click on “Security and login” on the left of your screen.
  • Click “Edit” next to the “Choose 3-5 friends…” header.
  • Click “Choose Friends” from the menu that appears.
  • Click “Choose Trusted Contacts”.
  • Select 3-5 of your friends or family to act as trusted contacts. When you have decided, click ‘Confirm’.

Keep your information among friends

Facebook comes with a host of privacy settings to ensure you are in control of your private information. To be safe, most of your information should be set so that only your friends can see it. Back in your settings menu, go to the ‘Privacy’ section. Through this menu, you can control who sees your posts and how people can find your profile. It even lets you limit friend requests to mutual friends and prevent strangers from finding your information.

Do not accept random friend requests

It may sound hostile, but you shouldn’t accept requests from people you don’t know on Facebook. When someone you don’t know becomes your friend, they have access to much of the information you’ve posted. Hackers and scammers can use this information to target your Facebook or email accounts. To ensure the security of your account, you should avoid giving this information to strangers.

Use a strong and unique password

Using a weak password or reusing the same password for multiple sites and services is dangerous. You should avoid using any word, phrase or date that relates to you. Although the password will be easier for you to remember, it will also be easier for hackers to guess.

The best way to create a strong password is to use a password generator. If you’re worried about remembering those passwords, browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox offer free password managers. There are paid services like LastPass and DashLane that can be installed on most common mobile devices.