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Facebook contains too much data about you and yours. In their profile, users provide information on their biography, profession, date of birth, telephone number, etc. This information, if hacked and transmitted into the wrong hands, can lead to identity theft. Other information that users share on the social networking site includes images and videos that contain images of your closeness and love. You won’t want anything to happen to you or your loved ones. This is why we insist on the need to properly secure your Facebook account. This article talks about the new social networking site initiative to secure your Facebook account.
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Facebook says this is about your account security and has therefore launched an initiative to protect your account from hackers or abuse by others. The initiative will always review your information, such as the devices from which you are connected, and configure notifications when someone or you connect from another device or geographic location.
Of course, Facebook knows where you live (even if you are in your profile) and blocks the connection if you try to connect from another location or if you use a proxy instead of connecting directly.
Disconnecting unused devices from Facebook
The first step to protecting your Facebook account is to check which devices are connected to your Facebook account. It gives you a dialog box similar to the image below and allows you to check all devices and locations. You can delete them all and reconnect, or you can keep your last session and delete others if you are sure you will no longer use these devices.
It won’t be a problem if you delete all the devices and then try to connect with one of the remote devices. Facebook will only block the connection attempt and send you an SMS or email informing you of the connection attempt. If you allow the connection, you can access your account again from this device.
Read: What to do if a Facebook account is hacked.
Enable login alerts
The second step of the Facebook wizard to protect your Facebook account is to set up login notifications. This way, Facebook ensures that you receive a warning if a suspicious connection attempt is detected. In most cases, you can use a different device than the one you normally use – like the Facebook application from another phone. If you use a proxy, you will also be notified and the connection attempt will be blocked until you allow the proxy location. This also applies to new devices.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you give Facebook an email address and/or phone number before activating Facebook Alerts, otherwise you will lose your account forever. Facebook sends you a code or something that you may need to enter before you can connect with a new device or when you connect from another location (physically or through a proxy). You can still access your Facebook account if you have not provided an email or phone number, but the process will be tedious because you will be asked to send certain documents that verify your identity before Facebook allows you to access your account.
Establish a strong password
The third step recommended by Facebook is to establish a secure password. Most Facebook users create passwords that are easy to guess. One of my uncles is a password. Such things are very dangerous because Facebook has all the data that can lead to identity theft if the account is hacked.
Password managers such as Lastpass and other password programs or browser extensions can perform the login process for you. If you are interested, take a look at the List of free password managers.
Once these steps are completed, Facebook will redirect you to the general security settings so you can continue optimizing. Here you can create codes to connect to new devices or when you connect from new locations. You can also select three of your Facebook friends to call if your connection attempt is blocked by Facebook for security reasons. These friends will be able to generate code for you that will make it easier for you to access your account. I recommend that you establish contacts that you can call when they are locked so you don’t lose access to your account.
Link to Facebook security initiative: facebook.com/help/securitycheckup.
Please note that security is different from privacy. To see how you can get the most privacy, read our post with the best privacy settings from Facebook.
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