5 tips to prevent your Facebook account from being hacked

These tips that are provided by Facebook will help users protect their personal accounts and Facebook Page.

According to Facebook, the following security methods help users identify suspicious activities and requests, as well as protect their accounts and Facebook Page safety. Because the user's Facebook Page is connected to their personal Facebook account, it is important to secure both accounts.

1. Set passwords difficult to guess and validate 2 elements

Use a unique and unpredictable password. Your password should avoid using names, phone numbers, email addresses or common words. You should also not use Facebook passwords for other online services and note never sharing your Facebook password with others.

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You should use the two-factor authentication feature to enhance the security of your account, and ask others in your business to use this feature. Once you have set up this additional protection layer, Facebook will ask you to enter your login code or confirm your login every time someone tries to log in to your account from a computer or mobile device.

This social network also encourages you to subscribe to alerts about logins from devices that Facebook does not recognize.

2. Know the roles and permissions on the Facebook page

Make sure you understand all the different roles on the page and the rights. Facebook recommends that you regularly review who has administrative rights (admin) in the Settings section.

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When you add your page to Business Manager, take the time to see what roles and functions you have allowed on that page. You should also have more than one administrator for the site, in order to maintain normal site activity and restore your administrative rights in case you lose your rights.

3. Do not make friends with strangers

Scammers can create fake accounts to make friends and manipulate others. Accepting requests from scammers can lead to spam being posted on your timeline and sharing with your friends. The scammers can also tag you in posts and send malicious messages to you and your friends, so Facebook encourages you to be cautious before accepting any friend invitations as well as just agree to make friends with people you know and trust. Similarly, do not grant business management rights to the pages you do not know.

4. Be wary of suspicious links and malware

Be wary of links you don't recognize, especially when those links come from people you don't know or don't trust. Do not click on suspicious links and files.

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Do not install malicious applications or browser extensions, even though they seem to be shared from a friend or a company you know. It could be a link on Facebook, in private messages or email. Always remember that Facebook never asks you for your password via email.

To avoid having your device or computer network infected with malware, learn about malware signs and ways you can protect your device. Always update your device, web browser and applications, and delete suspicious additional browser applications or utilities.

5. Establish reliable contacts

In case you are locked out of an account, to regain access to your account and page, you can allow your friends to become trusted contacts. They will send you a recovery code with a URL to help you retrieve your account. Finally, if you think your personal account has been compromised in some way, you can visit facebook.com/hacked for help, and visit the Help Center to secure your page.

By: Emily Garcia

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