Everyone knows that facebook is leading social networking site with more than 1 million active users. As the facebook popularity increased, facebook hacking too increased tremendously. According to a popular magazine more than 600,000 facebook accounts get hacked daily. Today we are sharing some tips on how to be safe on facebook . Every facebook user must have to follow these tips to stay safe on
So here are some tips to be safe on facebook:
1) Choose strong password:
Choosing a strong password always keep facebook account safe from brute forcing or dictionary attacks. Brute forcing is a process of guessing password by trying many combinations of words. It’s a
slow process and become much slower if you use a password which has combinations of characters, numbers and special symbols.
2) Keep eye on address bar:
At the time of entering facebook credentials, always keep an eye on address bar of browser. Many hackers use phishing pages which are exactly similar to original facebook login page to grab the credentials of a facebook user. Don’t provide your password to any other domain rather than facebook.com
3) Choose different passwords:
Always choose a different password for your primary email address and
facebook account. This helps when you want to recover your account from hackers. If both the passwords will be same than a hacker can easily change both passwords after gaining access to one of them. If your primary email address password is different, than a hacker can’t able to change it and you can easily get back your hacked facebook account by clicking on forget my password link.
4) Hide mail address from Profile:
Hiding email address from facebook account guarantees that no one can see your real email address which you are using for signing in. and a hacker can’t able to send you phishing links and malicious software to gain your facebook password.
5) Enable secure browsing:
By enabling secure browsing, any facebook user can be safe from man in middle attacks. MIM attacks are used by hackers to
interpret information between user browser and facebook servers. By using secure browsing the data from browser to server is sent as encrypted message that can’t be read by hackers. To enable secure browsing, Go to account
settings > Security tab > Enable
Secure Browsing. Once secure browsing is activated, protocol in your address bar will changed to https:// instead of traditional http://
6) Choose an unpredictable security Question’s Answer:
Security Questions plays an important role in any accounts security, It’s always important to choose an unpredictable answer of security question,
many hackers use social engineering or dorking to get an answer of security question. Let’s say you choose a security question “What is your father’s
middle name?” on facebook. Then a hacker can easily get answer of this question from you. The task becomes much easier if hacker knows you
7) Don’t add unknown peoples in friend list:
facebook having a 3 friend’s security vulnerability. A smart hacker can easily get access to your facebook account, if he adds 3 fake profiles to your facebook friend list. So its safe to keep some distance from unknown peoples on facebook.
8) Enable login notifications:
Facebook provides a great facility by which you can get sms notifications when your facebook account is accessed. To enable login notifications,
Go to account settings >Security tab > Enable login notifications by Marking Text message/Push notification box. After you enable login notifications, you will get SMS each time when your facebook account opens by you or any
other person. If you didn’t access your facebook account and got a login notification sms on your mobile than its recommended to quickly access
to your facebook account and change your password.
9) Don’t download anything from untrusting sources:
Many free softwares comes bundled with a lot of viruses, key loggers and Trojans. These kinds of malicious softwares can harm your computer as
well as can transfer data including passwords and other important details from your computer to hacker’s machine. It’s recommended that you don’t download things from torrents, forums and any other untrusting websites.
10) Keep antivirus updated:
In order to be safe on facebook always use license version updated antivirus. A patched antivirus can’t be effective in fight against hackers.
11) Change password frequently: if a white hat or
ethical hacker will hack your account then I am sure that he will not change your password. He only uses it to spy on you. If you change your password
frequently then you can get back your facebook account from these kinds of hackers.
12) Keep firewall on:
keeping firewall on is important to be safe from port scanning and Trojans attacks. If your firewall is off then hacking your computer will be just a piece of cake for a hacker.
13) Don’t provide facebook Password to other sites:
Many peoples have a habit to provide same password at the time of
sign up on other sites which they used for facebook. If you do so, then it’s very easy for webmasters to get access to your facebook account. If you have any other facebook security tips in mind share with us in comments, we will add them in list.