How to Keep Your Facebook Account Safe in 2012

This is a guest post by Jeremy Haze. If you are interested to guest post in this blog, just head over to the Guest Post Guidelines.


Facebook remains one of the premier social networking sites in the world. With millions of users around the globe, this social network offers the potential for individuals to connect with family, friends and long-last classmates. An ever-increasing stream of apps offers users utilities and diversions galore. Unfortunately, the site’s popularity also means that risks abound for users who aren’t careful to secure their accounts. Protect yourself from malware, phishing and identity theft by safeguarding your account.

First and foremost, choose a strong password – this also goes for all of your passwords on other sites. Most Facebook users have already heard this advice, but still fail to implement it. Stay away from using the names of loved ones or pets in your password. Don’t use your birthdate or anniversary as a component. Strong passwords combine numbers, letters and characters. Your password should be at least six characters long and shouldn’t be the same as the one you use for your email or on other sites. Using passwords like ‘123456’, ‘abc123’, or ‘password’ is a sure way to make your account susceptible to.

Here’s an example of some standard passwords and how to improve them:

Usual password Good password Excellent password
johnsmith 1JohnSmith 1J0hnSm1th
jessica Jess23ica Je$$231cA
rockyou 1RockYou2 1R0(kYou2n1t3


Use secure browsing. Under the ‘Account Settings’ tab on Facebook, you’ll find a ‘Security’ selection. Navigate to the security screen and check to be sure that ‘Secure Browsing’ is enabled. Each time you log into Facebook, check to be sure that you are logging in at The https indicates that you are logging in over a secure connection.

Enable login notifications and approvals. Login notifications will alert you via email or text if someone is attempting to use your account from a computer or device that Facebook doesn’t recognize. If you receive such a notification and haven’t logged into your account, you’ll need to login and change your password immediately. Login approvals allow you to login in from another device only after you have received a security code from Facebook on your cell phone via text. If you use Facebook from a variety of devices or locations, you may not wish to enable these settings.

Regularly review approved apps. Navigate to the ‘Apps’ tab under ‘Account Settings’. Review the apps that are approved to use your Facebook account information. Delete any suspicious apps or any apps that you no longer use. If you notice suspicious apps, be sure and report them to Facebook’s technical support.

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Keep current on Facebook security issues. Facebook maintains a Security page to inform users of security risks. The page also provides a wealth of information about keeping your Facebook account secure. Be sure to visit this page frequently to learn about new security issues and security features.

Share information cautiously. It goes without saying that you should use caution in sharing information about yourself on Facebook. If you’d like to share information about your family or personal photos, be sure that you’ve limited access to your profile in the ‘Privacy Settings’ area. It’s wise to make profile information viewable only to your friends. You can also control the visibility of each post and activity on your Facebook wall by choosing the ‘Edit’ option at the top righthand corner of each post.

Be careful what you click. A plethora of ads on Facebook promise you a way to see who has visited your profile or get other usage statistics. These ads are almost always false, and you should avoid clicking on them. Clicking on such links can cause ads to appear all over your screen via adware. Such links can also contain malware, which is malicious software designed to harm your computer.

Finally, be sure to keep your browser current. Download and install browser updates when they become available. No matter what browser you use, such updates include important security software that can protect you and your computer from harmful software and viruses.


About the Author: Jeremy Haze is a blogger, internet junkie, technivore, and IT security consultant for DejanSEO from Brisbane, Australia, currently closely collaborating with Home IT and Entertainment.

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  1. Puneet says:

    Yes, We must insert few special characters in the password because they make the password non guessable. Thanks for the tips.

  2. These are really helpful tips to make facebook secure in the modern scenario of hackers

  3. sai krishna says:

    recently i getting friend requests from unknown strange people , any problem with add them as friends ?
    sai krishna recently posted..How To Open Blocked Facebook Websites In School,OfficeMy Profile

  4. Amy Turner says:

    I know a friend who uses the same password for several accounts. Isn’t this courting the hackers and disaster as well? I use a different password for each of my account and I vary the combinations. Then I keep all of these in a safe place, out of reach of potential thieves.
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