At one point or another on Facebook you have seen people on your friend’s list saying their accounts had been hacked and to not accept friend requests from any other accounts with their picture, or maybe it has even happened to you. Below we have provided 5 ways to prevent your Facebook Account from Getting Hacked.
- Use strong passwords. The names of yourself, your spouse, parents, siblings or dog, or your birthday, do not qualify. Use a mix of letters, digits and punctuation (but not blank spaces). Use both capital and lowercase letters. The longer your password, the better. The shorter your password, the easier it is to hack, especially if it’s a common word or name. A good starting point is six characters, though 8, 10 or 12 are even better. If you have trouble remembering, do something about that, else consider using an unusual phrase or combo of words that only you or a few people might know, then substitute some of the letters with digits and/or punctuation. Humorous combinations might make it easier to remember, but otherwise write your password down in a SAFE place. Or just keep using the “Forgot password?” option to reset your password.
- Change your password regularly. You should be changing your password at least monthly.
- Be careful who you friend. Avoid the person who doesn’t even have a profile pic, let alone any mutual friends. If you haven’t met them, be cautious. Also, if you are already friends with someone on Facebook and you get a request from a second account, always check with your friend to see why there is a duplicate.
- Don’t click on links that look suspicious. If your “friend” posts a link on their wall or even yours and it seems weird or out of character, probably best not to click the link. Their account could be compromised. If your clicking takes you to a Facebook application that you’re unsure of, there’s no obligation to click through. For example, AllFacebook Editor Nick O’Neill recently posted about a fake ‘Like photo’ application.
- Don’t believe all emails. Don’t forget that honest web services will never ask you to do certain things in an email. For example, Facebook will NEVER send you an email asking you to change your password or enter personal details. If they need you to do that, they will tell you where in your account settings you can go to do that. On a similar note, protect your email account that you registered for Facebook with, else someone can succeed in resetting your Facebook password.
Facebook also provides extra security measures such as alerts when someone is signing in from a new browser. Here is the link straight from Facebook on how to make your profile more secure through extra settings: Facebook Security Settings