What You Should Know About Facebook Security

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As of January 2017, Facebook has almost 1.8 billion active users worldwide. What’s more, according to statistics compiled by the digital marketing firm Zephora, around 1.2 billion people log onto the social media platform every day.

Those are a lot of potential victims.

You’ve probably heard stories about people’s accounts getting hacked. But you’re probably one of those people who think that this won’t ever happen to them. Chances of this happening are basically non-existent, right? Well dear reader, you cannot be more wrong.

Accounts Get Hacked Every Day

According to the New York Post, around 160,000 Facebook accounts are being hacked on a daily basis, and every time Facebook updates their terms of service – they loosen up the privacy settings. And we have to point out that these statistics date to 2015.
That just means that the situation is probably much worse at this point.
Essentially, the aim of this article is to help you reinforce your Facebook security and stop hackers and other cybercriminals from ruining your day (or in a worst case scenario, extort money from your). But first, we have to look at some things you might be doing wrong.

You Need Some Facebook Security Tips?

There are lots of things you are probably doing wrong from the get go. Many users tend to use simply user-names and passwords, which only heightens the risk of a hack. But you could avoid any potential mess, if you just take a couple of minutes to educate yourself on Facebook security.

·        Complex Passwords

If your pass has less than 10 character, numbers, plus lower-case and upper-case letters, it’s definitely not strong. Also, you should avoid using names, birthdays or information about someone close to you. For instance a strong password would be something like “B1i2k3e!”

·        Antimalware Software

In order to stay safe online, you have to have an antivirus, or some kind of anti-spyware software. You could always something like AVG that protects your device for free. You just need to make sure that you’re using the latest version of the software that has an updated malware library.

·        Virtual Private Networks

When you go to a coffee spot, you surely use a Wi-Fi network to log onto your account. But do you know just how easy it is for hackers to steal your credentials, using a simple plugin? That why you should use something like PureVPN that will encrypt your web traffic, while keeping you safe form hackers.

·        Latest Version of Your Browser

No matter what browser you use, whether it’s Chrome, Safari, Firefox or even the good-old Internet explorer, you cannot ignore the constant update requests. You should also keep track of which browser is the most secure – and if you trust the PCWorld, it’s Google Chrome.

What should you do if you get hacked?

So if you didn’t take any the steps we mentioned above, and you let your account fall into the hands of hackers, what are some of the steps you should take to minimize the damage?

·        Try Not to Panic

If you start panicking, it will only make your situation worse –even if a criminal manages to steal your PayPal account data, and steal all of your money (which is quite rare), you can still quickly get back on your feet. Most banks do some investigating, and get users their money back anyway.

·        Change Your Passwords

While you’re investigating the hack, and getting to the bottom of things, you should change every password on every other account you have (and this also includes your security questions). However, make sure that you do this from a safe computer and a safe network.

·        Contact your Friends

You also need to notify your close friends immediately about the hack. And another smart idea would be to send out a mass email to all of your contacts, and explain to them what happened. In addition, apologize for any possible inconveniences.

Final Thoughts

And those are some the things you should know about the security of your Facebook account. We sincerely hope that something like this doesn’t happen to you. Because while getting hacked isn’t the worst thing in the world – it definitely isn’t any fun.

So have you ever had something like that happen to you? What did you do in that situation? Please, leave a comment bellow and let us know about your experiences with Facebook security.  By Thomas Milva.

Thomas spent his whole life in America, though his family originally came from Northern Italy four decades ago. He has been both an accomplished Information Security Analyst for a few years now and a digital writer at wefollowtech.com

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