Many people have fallen victims to
hackers, especially through their
Facebook social media account.
Notably, if your account gets accessed
by strangers it opens up some secrets;
so, efforts should be made to seriously
try to prevent unwanted access to your
account. Below are guides on how to
protect your account:
Create a strong password
Chances are, you already have your
Facebook password. But you should make
sure it is unique, meaning that you don’t
use it anywhere else. To change your
password, go to Account Settings >
General > Password.
Confirm your mobile number
Doing this ensures that, even if you lose
or forget your password, Facebook will be
able to send you a new one via text
To add your mobile number, go to
Account Settings > Mobile and click on
Add a Phone.
Activate secure browsing
Another way of making sure your
Facebook browsing activity is safe is to
turn on Secure browsing. This
automatically prevents any external
applications that are integrated with
Facebook from doing any harm or taking
your personal information without your
knowledge or approval. To secure your
account, click the drop down menu from
the top right corner of your Facebook
account and go to Account Settings.
Select ‘Security’ from the left menu.
On the Secure Browsing section, click on
the Edit link at the right, when the option
panel appears, check the box ‘Browse
Facebook on a secure connection,’ then
click the Save Changes button.
Activate ‘Login Approvals’
Login approvals is an extended security
feature offered by Facebook. It requires
you to enter a security code each time
you try to access your Facebook account
from an unrecognised device. To activate
Login Approvals, go to Account Settings >
Security, look for Login Approvals and
click on the Edit button.
When the option to activate Login
Approvals will appear, tick the check box
When a popup window appear with
descriptions of login approvals, click on
the ‘Set Up Now’ button to continue. If
your mobile number is already registered,
Facebook will automatically send you a
code via SMS. Enter this code in the
given box and click Submit Code.
Now you have completed the Login
Approvals request, so you can click Next
Next, Facebook will offer you to setup a
Code Generator from your mobile phone.
This would help in case you are unable to
receive SMS. Click Continue.
Disconnect previous active sessions
The good thing about Facebook is that it
lets you know about your previous active
sessions, where you log in from, and what
devices you used to access your
Facebook account. Now, to make sure
your account is safe, from the Account
Settings > Security page, look for ‘Active
Sessions‘and click on Edit. Click on the
link ‘End Activity‘ to kill the sessions on
all other devices.
Activate Private Browsing
Another way to prevent another person
from accessing your account is by
activating ‘Private Browsing’ from your
browsers. All browsers have this feature,
which prevents them from logging your