Online Security

Facebook Security

In this note I am going to explain Facebook’s latest security features. The first thing is your privacy settings. To see them, click the padlock icon at the top right-hand corner and a drop-down list containing the most popular privacy settings is displayed. At the bottom of this drop-down box is a “See more settings” link for more privacy tools.
Before you start changing your privacy settings, you should check how much information and with whom, you are sharing. Click the arrows next to “who can see my stuff?” and “What do other people see on my timeline?” then click “View as”. At first, you’ll see what your profile looks like to people you don’ t know. Make note of any information you do not want to share with others.
Now that you know what you are sharing, you can do something with that information. First, limit who sees what you post. Status updates can include what you are doing, who you are with, and where you are. It’s a good idea to limit that to people you know. Click the privacy icon and click the arrow by “Who can see my stuff?” and under “Who can see my future posts?” select Friends.
You want to be careful about what you post about yourself, however, what about friends who tag you in their posts? You can set Facebook to alert you when that happens, and if you are happy with what the have posted, you can allow it on your timeline. If, not, you can choose to un-tag yourself. To get started, click “See more settings,” then “Timeline and tagging.”
There is an option on this screen called “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?” click “Edit” and select “Friends”. For more security select “Only me.” Next, by “Review tags people add to your own posts before they appear on Facebook?” click “Edit”, then “Enabled.”
From now on, when someone tags you, you will be asked to review the tag. This appears as a notification or you can check manually by clicking the “Privacy Icon, expanding “Who can see my stuff?” and selecting “Use activity log.” Click “Tag review” to see things you have been tagged in, then “Add tag” to be associated with it (which other people can see), or “Ignore” to keep it off your timeline.

Choose who can friend you and find you in a search:
It can be dangerous to let everyone see all your information. From the privacy menu expand “Who can contact me?” then under “Who can send me friend requests” you can choose only “Friends of friends” that is,people your friends know, to be able to send a friend request.
If you want to make sure your account is only accessible to people you know you can limit who can search and find your account. From the privacy menu click “More settings.” Next to “Who can look you up using the email address you provided” and “Who can look you up using the phone number you provided,” click “Edit” and select “Friends” or “Friends of Friends.” If you do not want to be found in a Google search, From the same screen as before where it says “Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline” click “Edit” and make sure the box next to “Let other search engines link to your timeline” is unchecked.

Additional Security Measures
You may want to make sure your online activity is secret. This is where secure browsing happens. When on Facebook, make sure the address bar begins with https:// and not http://.
Enable “Login notifications” from the Security Settings menu to notify you if someone tries to log in to your account. This will email or text you if your account is accessed from a device you have not used before. There is also a list of all the devices you have allowed access under “Recognized Devices.”
Of course the best security measure is to have a strong password.
For more security enable “Login Approvals.” Whenever you log in from a new device, a message is sent to your phone allowing you to approve the login. Make sure you pay attention to any notices you receive telling you someone has logged into your account. If you do not recognize the device then change your password. To do this go to “More Settings”, “General” and click “Edit” next to “password.

This note has explained some of the new security feature implemented by Facebook and how to use these features for a more secure Facebook experience.

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