Facebook for no doubt has become most common medium for social networking, shaping up a completely different world (although virtual) as we experience it today. The substantial reach coupled with improved accessibility makes it quite popular among people of all age groups.
Making quick status updates or sharing some personal information with people whom you trust is basic USP of Facebook. But do you make sure that the people whom you exchange information (most of the times being contentious) with are intended one? Have you made all possible arrangements to keep it secure and safe from any external use? Or have you fooled yourself by considering them to be some ‘petty’ issues which do not require an immediate action?
Nothing to exaggerate but the same can prove to be much more critical in reality. One can simply imagine a situation where some cheat may use your account to conduct not so ethical activities putting entire onus on you!
One can simply avoid such creepy situation by complying with following measures-
The simplest trick is to create a strong password for your Facebook account. Nevertheless, setting up a strong and unique password is not that easy as it seems to be. One needs to keep number of things into mind while creating it i.e. must be at least eight characters long, should consist of symbols, alphabets and numbers, difficult to guess and must be changed periodically.
Using latest versions of your internet browser with in-built protective measures can help you to keep your Facebook account safe and secure. Remember, Facebook only supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. Upgrading browsers may provide you an instant warning display when you are supposed to visit some phishing website. On similar lines, one can actually install upgraded package of anti-virus software.
Changing privacy settings i.e. disabling unknown people to see your Facebook profile and make access to it. One should notify it to Facebook to reduce quantum of friend requests and receive requests from friends of friends only. Similarly, you can turn on login notifications i.e. receiving text messages/ mails whenever your account has been logged in from unknown computer/browser or enable login approvals i.e. different code will be send every time you log in your account from different computer.
Be Alert! Never click on the suspicious links and manage unknown friend requests intelligently. Scammers tend to use such dirty tricks to fool people and hack their accounts. Such links directs the user to phishing websites to extract personal information about the user.
Never ever share log in information with anyone, not even with those whom you trust the most. Many pages or contests may ask you to submit such information to participate given fake prize offers. This also violates Facebook Statement of Rights & Responsibilities. Always Log Out when you’re not supposed to use your Facebook account.
One must remember ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and needs to empower oneself with constant improvement in technology rather than just getting defamed or ruined by such deceitful people!
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