Facebook is an amazing website that allows you to catch up with family and friends all over the world. But losing control of your Facebook account can dangerous; especially given the amount of information Facebook has on you.
With that in mind, here are three account settings you should consider changing to make your account more secure.
This may be a no brainer, but many people still have extremely weak passwords. Fortunately, changing you password on Facebook is easy. Select "Account Settings" from the Account menu in the top right hand corner of your Facebook page.
This will bring you to the page that will allow you to change your password. A good password will contain numbers, letters and punctuation. Make sure you don't include something that someone could guess, like your dogs name.
In the event that someone does get a hold of your password, you still have another line of defense. Login approvals make you input a code when an unrecognized computer or device tries to access your account.
This code will be sent to your phone and is a quick and easy to provide another layer of security. To enable these approvals, select "Account Settings" from the Account menu in the top right hand corner of your Facebook page. Once there, select "Account Security" and then check the "Require me to enter a security code sent to my phone" box and hit save.
Browsing Facebook securely
If you use Facebook in public places like libraries, airports and coffee shops, this option is for you. When you browse Facebook through a secure connection, you're encrypting your information, which will prevent your data from being monitored. To enable this option, select "Account Settings" from the Account menu in the top right hand corner of your Facebook page.
Once there, select "Account Security" and then check "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible" and click save. One note: Browsing through a secure connection may be slightly slower.
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