Facebook Security should be a top priority for everyone with a Facebook page, not just business owners. Hackers have found many avenues to obtain private information about you that can be hurtful to you and/or your business. There are some concepts – like creating a password – that we all know are useful tools for securing our accounts. Do you still re-use passwords for your email, your bank account, your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and more? Along with creating unique, complex passwords, are you using a password manager to protect yourself further? Do you use two-factor authentication? Did you know Facebook can listen to your private conversations via the microphone of your mobile device? It’s important to take these precautions seriously to up your Facebook safety and prevent potentially devastating consequences.
Tip #1: Facebook business pages should only ever have one administrator.
It’s fine to have multiple people as “editors” for your business page, but never allow other people to become administrators. There are many reasons why you should only have one administrator. When someone that works for your company is let go, they might feel motivated to sabotage your company. Because administrators can remove other administrators, they could actually kick you out of your own page, leaving you without power.
Tip #2: Keep track of where you are logged in
Using your security settings, check how many places you are logged into. To find out where you are currently logged in, just log into Facebook through a web browser and go to the account settings page. Click “Security” on the left side of the browser window. Select “Where You’re Logged In” on the Security Settings page. From there, you can logout of all the places you don’t want to be logged into.
Tip #3: Make your Facebook password more difficult
We are probably all guilty of reusing passwords that are easy for us to remember, but this is a very dangerous habit. Although it may seem more manageable to continually use a memorable password, it makes hacker’s lives far too easy. If you use the same password in numerous places, a hacker would only need to crack your code once. They would be able to access you email, PayPal, bank account, and more, leaving you incredibly vulnerable.
Use a password manager to create complex and unique passwords that are nearly impossible to crack. There are plenty of free options available, which will allow you to sync your passwords across various devices. Basic password managers like Firefox password manager save your login information for different sites. Some managers also give you the option to sign into your favorite sites automatically, giving you improved security for all of your data. Above basic features, look for password managers that will encrypt your login information, address, credit card information, etc. This keeps you secure, but also helps organize an array of different challenging passwords and information.
Tip #4: Pick your Top 3 to 5 Trusted Contacts
You can pick up to 5 of your Facebook contacts who you know you can trust. This could be dangerous, too, if you don’t choose wisely. Facebook recommends choosing those you would trust with your house spare key and people you can reach easily without using Facebook. Once you have picked your trusted contacts, they will be notified so they know to be ready to help you if it becomes necessary. If you ever have trouble logging in, you now will have an option to help you out. You can call or talk in person with your trusted contacts to get security codes you can enter to recover your account.
Tip #5: Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication helps protect your Facebook account and password. Once you set it up, you will be asked for a special security code to confirm every login attempt from a computer or mobile device they don’t recognize. They can also provide alerts when your account is logged into on a computer they don’t recognize. There are several methods you can use to authenticate an unrecognized device including: text message (SMS) codes, Code Generator Security Codes, Tapping your security key on a compatible device, approving your login attempt for a recognizable device, and/or using printed recovery codes. You can use as many of these as you’d like.
To turn on or manage two-factor authentication:
- Go to your Settings and Login Settings by selecting Settings > Security and Login
- Scroll to Use two-factor authentication and click Exit.
- Choose the method for authentication you want and follow the instructions on-screen
- Select Enable once you’ve turned on an authentication method
Tip #6: Stop using Facebook to login to other sites.
Many applications and websites allow you to connect through Facebook in lieu of creating an account specific to that site or app. It seems so easy to just select “Login with Facebook”, but this makes getting hacked even easier. Take the extra couple minutes to create a unique username and password. Use a password manager to keep this information protected and saved.
Tip #7: Turn off the microphone
Facebook claims they don’t use audio recordings for advertising purposes, but solely for helping users navigate or gather information on what is going on around them. The microphone only operates when a person has the app open with the microphone feature enable. Whether or not Facebook uses the microphone to “spy” on you, it is still wise to disable the microphone.
- On an iPhone:
- Go into your phone’s “Settings” and scroll down until you find the Facebook app, tap it open.
- Under “Facebook” select “Settings” and there will be a list labeled “Allow Facebook to Access.” The microphone and camera will both be under this list.
- Select the toggles to disable or enable any of the features you think are a privacy violation (location, camera, microphone).
- For an Android phone
- Go into your settings and tap on “Applications” then “Application Manager.”
- Once in “Application Manager,” look for the Facebook app and tap on “More” (top right corner).
- You’ll now see a list of options, tap on “Permissions.”
- Under “Permissions” you’ll have the option to disable the microphone (simply tap on it) and other features like the camera.
Tip #8: Don’t participate in chain messages
Stop sending chain messages. If a Facebook friend shares something that shames you into re-sharing, don’t do it. You don’t have to like and share just because you’re being threatened with bad luck or told you’re not a good friend. In fact, you should actively avoid it. Typing “Amen” doesn’t actually do anything, no matter what that meme tells you.
In addition to chain messages, be cautious with posts that ask you to make a fake name out of information like your grandma’s name plus your street name. These can look fun and innocent, but are often just sneaky ways of getting private information from you.
If you are concerned about you or your business’s online security or just want to learn more about how to protect yourself, please schedule a free consultation call with me. It is my passion to help small business owners succeed and to keep them safe. My company, KRose Marketing and Consulting, provides services ranging from logo, web and print design to email marketing, business consulting, videography & photography,
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