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My Facebook account has been hacked twice this month and new request sent to my friends in my name. This fake profile might be used by spammers to boost the likes on their page or sold on to boost the likes of a company’s social page. Just Google buy social shares and you would see what I mean. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect your Facebook page.
1 – Change Your Password
This may seem like common sense but some people do forget to change their password after their page has been hacked. It is good practice to change your password every 3 months. I know this might seem like a lot of stress but you can’t put a price on your privacy.
Dos and Dont’s of Passwords
- Make sure you use lower and UPPER case letters in your new password.
- A strong password should contain at least 8 characters.
- Include numbers and symbols.
- Do not use part of your username or your real name or surname in your password
- A good password should look like this – Pass@Word@Strong123#
2 – Change Your Security Settings on Facebook
Facebook has provided ways to secure your account. Having a password sadly isn’t enough. Please take advantage of this feature. Login to your Facebook account. On the right hand side next to your name you would see the cog symbol. Click on it. It should display a navigation menu. Click on your account setting. On your left hand side you should see another set of menus. Click on security and you should have the view below. First enable secure browsing in Facebook. This prevents up to 90% of hack attacks. Make sure the email ID of your account is hidden.
From here you can check your Active Session – Check where you are logged in from and send any session that isn’t you. When my account was hacked into I saw that it had been login into from a strange places in the US (not the Google Chrome browser location) and I ended these sessions.
You can set login notifications via email or phone. If you do, Facebook would send you a text or email depending on your preference when any one is trying to access your account. You can end the session if it isn’t you and then change your password.
You can also save your devices (home computer, work computer phone browser etc.) so it doesn’t send you notifications when you login from a familiar location as it can get annoying if you are a frequent user.
You can set this up to require a security code to access your account from unknown browsers. In other to set this up you have to add your mobile number details. Facebook would the generate a code and text it to your number when your account is accessed from an unfamiliar location. You would the need this code to continue with the session. If your account has been hacked. The person can’t log on without this code.
For additional security you can set up the App Code Generator. You can use the code generator to generate Login Approvals security codes. This works with the Facebook app on your phone
How to Activate Code Generator to get security codes on your phone.