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Protect Yourself from a Facebook Hack

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Can you really protect yourself from the dreaded, awkward, Facebook moments when you have to tell all of your friends to not accept friend requests from you because you have been H – A – C – K – E – D! I think you can, and I have been successful in helping family and friend alike stop repeated attacks. Here is how I did it, feel free to copy the tactics.

 

  1. Login to Facebook
  2. Select the down arrow on the top right-hand side of your screen (red circle), then select Settings (Green Circle).
  3. Before running straight to “Security” settings, let’s focus on some other important pieces. Facebook2I have blocked out the name etc to protect the guilty. You have to change your password more than once a year. Go change it. NOW – GO! Your password should be changed at least every 90 days.
  4. Now, select “Security” settings (green circle).
  5. Set your login alerts to “get an alert when anyone logs into your account from an unrecognized device or browser.” You can select this by clicking Edit. In this section you can send the alerts to an email address or a mobile phone. If you are a security professional or world traveler, take the mobile phone option for quicker notification.
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  6. Sliding back to the menu bar on the left, select “Privacy” Settings. In my opinion, this is really the key to ensuring you are not hacked. The reason is because most of the hacks are actually clone accounts. If you set your privacy settings, then the wrong people can’t post and see you and therefore cannot clone your account.
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  7. Under “Who can see my stuff?”Facebook5
    1. I recommend that you only allow “Friends” (people you have approved to your friends list) to view your future posts.
    2. You really should not allow anyone to tag you or post things to your wall without your approval. Come on, if you fly a Boeing why would you want an Airbus guy to post an of that on your wall J? It is a simple process to review your activity and approve posts if you like them.
    3. I do not recommend “Limit(ing) the audience for posts you’ve shared…” This becomes to cumbersome to use the product.
  8. On the “Who can contact me?” settings, Friends of friends is sufficient.
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  9. Under “Who can look me up?” Limit the data that people can use to find you.
    1. I recommend that only existing and approved friends can look you up by your email address.
    2. I recommend that only existing and approved friends can look you up by your phone number.
    3. This one is a real key, DO NOT permit search engines outside of Facebook to look you up. This keeps your profile off Google searches.
  10. Back to the menu bar on the left, select “Timeline and Tagging.”
    1. On the item who can add things to my timeline…
      1. Make sure that only you can post on your timeline
      2. Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your Timeline. Again, this protects you from the crazy political guy that posts the pro Mao Tse Tung poster and making it look like you support him too.
    2. On the item about who can see things on my timeline…
      1. Yes, definitely review what others see. Get their perspective.
      2. Make sure that only you can see posts you’ve been tagged in on your Timeline.
    3. Make sure that only you can see what others post on your Timeline.
  11. On managing tags people add…
    1. Yes, you want to review tags people add to your own posts.
    2. Yes, when you are tagged in a post, “only me” should be added to the audience…
    3. No one but you should see tag suggestions when photos that look like you are posted. Why in the world would you want your Ex to be able to tag your photo?
  1. Limit the number of games and apps that you use and tie to Facebook.

This should secure your Facebook in a common sense approach, a manner that is not too hard to use, but not too easy for the hackers. If you should need any other assistance, please let us know and we can take a look at the problem.

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