5 ways to lock down your Facebook for maximum security

You probably spend more time than you care to admit on Facebook, but I’ll bet you spend hardly any of it nosing around Facebook’s settings. In there, you’ll find five very important settings that give you extra layers of security.

1. Use Login Alerts

If someone uses your Facebook ID and password to log in to your account without your permission, wouldn’t you like to know? When Login Alerts is turned on, you will be immediately notified if someone tries to log in to your account from a new place.

To turn on these alerts, log in and navigate to your Facebook Settings menu. Click on Security, Login Alerts, and Edit. Select Get notifications and Email login alerts, then save your changes.

Should you ever receive an alert from Facebook that someone has logged in to your account from an unrecognized location, it’s critical that you follow the instructions provided. The email will outline steps you should take to reset your password and secure your information.

But one thing you don’t want is to get an alert each time you log in through a device you use regularly. Luckily, you can create a list of trusted devices.

The first time you log in from a new location, on a new browser or with a new device, you’ll be asked if you want Facebook to remember it. Click Save Browser and Facebook won’t notify you of logins from that particular location, browser or device again. Be sure to never do this on a public or work computer.

2. Request Login Approvals

Facebook also tracks how you log in to your account. With a few steps, Facebook will monitor if someone is accessing your Facebook account from a previously unused device or browser. When this happens, a separate verification code will be needed to complete the login process.

To set up these approvals, select Login Approvals in Facebook’s Security Settings, then click the box that says, “Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers.” Follow the prompts to receive a security code, and re-enter your password.

Once you’ve confirmed that you’re making this request, a box will pop up that says: “Whenever a login is attempted from an unknown browser, we’ll now ask for a security code. For the first week, in case you don’t have your phone, you can turn off Login Approvals without a security code.”

Click, “No thanks, require a code right away.”

3. Keep extra codes on hand

If you turned on Login Approvals, you’ll be asked to enter a security code whenever you log in from a new location. This code can be sent via text or retrieved from the Code Generator section of your Facebook settings menu.

But if you don’t have access to your phone or tablet, you’ll still need a code to log in to your account. For this reason, Facebook will generate 10 random codes you can use.

Get these backup codes by clicking on Login Approvals within your Facebook Security Settings. Check the link that says, “Get codes to use when you don’t have your phone.”

A list of 10 codes will appear. Print them out and keep them secure.

 

This article came from TechCrunch here: http://fxn.ws/29ZQ6Yu

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2017-07-28T13:18:29+00:00

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