How to Use Facebook Safely : Fb Security Tips

We have talked a lot about Facebook safety in the past and one of the easiest way to keep yourself secure online is by knowing how do hackers hack. I’m extending ShoutMeLoud Facebook security tips by adding some useful tips to use Facebook safely. Before we move ahead, I recommend you to read Harsh guide on How to secure Facebook account, which will give you some extra safety tips.

Facebook Security Tips

Online predators, possible employers, bullies. These are only a few of the many people you may want to protect yourself or your children from when using Facebook. Facebook is a great social networking platform until you lose a job because of a photograph of you drunk or your child is bullied by a fellow student.

Facebook Security tips to using Facebook Safely:

Know Where to Look

Facebook has security options built in, but they can be confusing and hard to find. One simple way to find them is to go to the Help Center on Facebook, where it will walk you through best safety practices and point you in the direction of changing your security settings. Or you can go directly to your account’s security settings by clicking “Account” (on the top right-hand corner of each page) and choosing “Privacy Settings.” From there you can edit a number of your security settings, including contact information and applications.

Password, Password, Password

As with everything else technology-related, if you want your data secure, choose a difficult to guess and/or hack password. NASA recommends using at least eight characters including at least one of each of the following: upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters such as exclamation points or asterisks. Once you’ve set your password, don’t share it with anyone. Following these two simple steps will put you far ahead of most Facebook users security-wise.

When you are using public computer, make sure to enable HTTPS browsing and use online virtual Keyboard to enter your Fb password.

Basic Fb Privacy Settings

Be careful about with the amount of information you share about yourself and with whom you share it. Remember that – without strict privacy settings – anyone can see your Facebook profile information. And just as you wouldn’t give a complete stranger your telephone number, address and other personal information, you should be careful what you share on Facebook.

facebook old status privacy

Also, when you are updating your status make sure to check status privacy settings. Also, new Facebook timeline made it easier to browse old status update quickly, so you might like to take help of “Limit the audience for past posts” and change all old status update to friends only. You can access this setting under your privacy setting tab. (See above screenshot)

Also, make sure you are aware of Facebook list feature, which will be helpful to set extra privacy settings for your status update.

Would You Hire This Person?

The Internet, and social networking sites in particular, have given employers, college officials and others holding the keys to your future unparalleled access to information about you. No longer is the resume or college application all they see. You’ve probably done it – and they certainly do – plugged someone’s name into a search engine to see what turns up.

You don’t want your Facebook profile to be the deciding factor in losing that job you’ve been after or being rejected from your first-choice school. So adjust your privacy settings appropriately to ensure those outside your friend network can’t see your information, don’t write or post pictures you wouldn’t want people besides your friends to see, and untag yourself in unflattering pictures friends post of you.

Report It

Since it is a violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service to use a fake name on an account, there is always the possibility that people you don’t want to find you will. You can block such people from your Facebook page and from messaging you. If none of the above protects you from receiving unwanted or inappropriate messages from other users, you should report the sender to Facebook.

As with any social networking site – and the Web in general – much of your information is out there for public consumption. It’s up to you to use the tools provided by Facebook to protect yourself and your children. The simplest rule of all is: If you don’t want others to know about it, don’t post it.

Do you have any other Fb security tips, which will help us to use Facebook safely? Do let us know on our FB fan page and also if you find this article useful, don’t forget to share it on Facebook.

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Miranda is a fun loving writer with experience in a wide variety of niches. She particularly enjoys sharing her knowledge of internet marketing as well as her experiences as a surgical technologist.


COMMENTs ( 17 )

    • Zohaib Hassan says

      Actually this is writer’s first article written in this website. May be he is not aware of things you are talking about !

    • Miranda Surgery says

      I’ve actually just spent quite a bit of time replying to several comments. Thank you for your comments.

  1. Abhishek@Techdistnct says

    To use https, high privacy setting and strong password is the best option to secure Facebook account.

  2. Mani Viswanathan @ DailyBlogging says

    Today the most important FB Security tip is to stay away from SPAM Updates. One clicks it & it automatically comes into chat boxes, profile pages, etc.

  3. Marry me says

    Once the predator has friended their prospective victim, then it is easy for them to use the knowledge the gain from the victim’s Facebook activity, self-description, posts, and friends, to gain the necessary information to easily groom them for sexual abuse. “Oh you like hiking – so do I – I am totally avid hiker. Too bad your friends and parents don’t like to do it. We should get together and hike sometime…” Facebook is a virtual goldmine of information about someone from which it is simply way to easy to fabricate shared interests and note emotional vulnerabilities, both of which are key tactics in grooming.

    Mr. Wangdu

  4. Jimmy says

    There is a security question option in Account-> Account Settings. I think it is also a must security measure that we should taking care of.

  5. Robin says

    These days FB is under great threat. But Saket is right, they generally don’t reply if you are not so famous. Nice tips buddy.

    • Miranda Surgery says

      I’m not sure I agree. What types of request are you sending to FB? There are millions of people on the site. Are your questions things that can be answered by using the HELP guide?

  6. Saket Jajodia says

    One more suggestion never wait for Facebook reply because they never going to (My Personal Experience) ..

  7. Ray says

    Thank you for sharing these tips. You’re absolutely right, it’s best that we should know how to hide things to protect our job and life.

    I have been tweaking a few privacy on my facebook account ofcourse to protect that things that I don’t want others to know or see and even knows what photos or stuffs that I’m commenting on. This is one way facebook privacy can really be in handy.

    • Miranda Surgery says

      Thanks, Fairooz. I get very frustrated when I hear people complaining about Facebook making changes to their policies. I think we have to be more responsible for our own information.

  8. Usman@FirstHosting says

    Some days back, I had full privacy on my FB profile, but I found out that still a friend of friend can view some files, I not yet figured out how to do this.

    any idea?

    • Miranda Surgery says

      Hi Usman. Sorry to hear that. Usually you can update your settings by going to “Account” and then “Privacy Settings.” You should be able to change anything you want there.