With more than 1.44 billion users, Facebook is the largest social network in the world. According to Mark Zuckerberg, 45 billion posts are sent worldwide every day. Facebook offers versatile possibilities to make personal data accessible to the public. You can upload photos and videos, share your preferences and sensitivities, your relationship status, your current position, and much more private information and share it with other members. Nevertheless, you should put emphasis on the security of your data and secure your Facebook account.
Facebook in the browser and in the app
The sensitive handling of his data on Facebook is particularly important in the mobile age. Whereas a few years ago the social network was only used on the home desktop PC, the login data are now stored on multiple devices and in various programs: different browsers on the office PC, notebook and tablet, apps on the smartphone and tablet, Often the login of Facebook is also used by third parties for participation in sweepstakes or the like. Here one should handle his data extremely carefully. And in addition to the Facebook-owned apps for iPhone, Android & Co., there are also numerous social media apps that also require the FB login.
With which tips and tricks you can protect yourself from identity theft on Facebook, we have put together for you in a gallery:
- 1. Safe password
Combine your password with special characters and numbers to reinforce it. You can also use password tools like passwordsgenerator.net. With a password manager like "LastPass" that makes web browsing easier and safer, you will not forget any of your passwords anymore.
- 2. Uncheck "Remember me"
Do you often share your PC with someone else or do you use Facebook on and off at an Internet café? Then make sure the "Remember me" box is not checked. If it is activated, strangers have the possibility to let off steam on their Facebook profile.
- 3. HTTP + "s"
Make sure that there is an extra "s" in http while signing up on Facebook or other websites. If you see https in green (Chrome browser), you're safe. If you are red, you would be uncertain. According to Wikipedia, "Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure" (HTTPS) is a communication protocol for secure communication over the network. Facebook now automatically uses https for greater security.
- 4. Add friends
Do not confirm anyone as a friend you do not know personally. The same applies if you are not sure if this is a fake profile. It's the same with friend requests on your part. Facebook is intended to communicate with friends and acquaintances from real life and to stay in touch. Adding false friends will get them to your personal information.
- 5. Private is private
Not every life event has to be shared on Facebook. Facebook is an open community that should not be understood as a personal diary. Therefore, switch off the automatic positioning for each post. If your location is important to your friends or acquaintances, you'd prefer to share it in private chat.
- 6. Facebook is not a job portal
Some users link or share your resume publicly. Some even even submit application documents - in the hope that a company submits a job offer. This is by no means the right way. You are welcome to state your qualifications and the details of your current position, but not more. If a company is interested, they will contact you. This is the only way to protect your private information.
- 7. Secure e-mail account
If someone has access to your emails, they also have easy access to your Facebook account. Because of "forgot password?", The one can send a new password. After that he can change this and deprive you of your own access. So it's just as important to keep your e-mail account open to anyone.
- 8. Update password
The safest way to protect yourself from password hackers is to change your password regularly. Change your password once a month and follow the first tip to create a strong password.
- 9. Log out if possible
On shared computers, it is important to log out of Facebook - that's clear. But even on your own PC it is important from time to time. Because there are moments when someone wants to use your laptop or tablet for a short time. The one who is now on your PC, but could also search and control your account. Therefore, you should also log out on your own computer.
- 10. Update browser
Outdated browsers usually contain security holes that make it easy for hackers to snoop on your account. Therefore always keep your browser up to date.
- 11. Private mode
Browsing in private or incognito mode does not save a browser, web form and search history, no download history, cookies or temporary internet files. However, files you download and saved bookmarks are saved. You (or other users) can not find out which websites have been visited. This mode is especially useful if you are using public devices to log in.
- 12. Status "Public"
Everyone is on Facebook: friends, business associates, family members, ex-boyfriends, and the public. Therefore, think carefully about who should get your status to face. Because not every piece of information has to be shared with everyone.
- 13. Phone number not visible to everyone
You do not need to share your phone number with any Facebook friend. Make them visible only to those who really need them. Select specific people or create a list.
- 14. Antivirus software
Hackers have an easy game if you do not have virus protection installed on your PC. Spyware or Trojans will get easier on your PC without any protection and will also have access to your password while you log in to Facebook. Install an antivirus solution on your computer to protect all your data.
- 15. Review: Who can see what?
Under "Privacy Links", click "Who Can See My Content" and then "View From The View Of." Now you can see which contents of your profile are to be seen publicly. Now, when you click on "View from the view of a specific person", enter an FB friend, then you can check how your profile looks from the perspective.
- 16. Data only visible to friends
Facebook offers you several ways to regulate your privacy. These settings determine who can see and comment on your data and posts. To do this, click on the "Privacy link" button in the upper bar. Then go to "Who can see my content?" And choose whether your data should be public, only for friends, for friends without acquaintances, just for you or just for special people.
- 17. Good and less good friends
In real life, you do not tell everyone everything and make a distinction between work colleagues, best friends and acquaintances. You can do the same in Facebook. Go to the profile of a friend or work colleague and click on the "Friends" button. For example, select the "Friends" list for your work colleague. For example, this person will no longer be able to access your mobile number or the photos of the last party. In addition, you have the opportunity to create your own lists (sports club, school friends, etc.).
- 18. Find out more about network security
At www.connectsafely.org you will receive security tips as well as articles, news and analysis as well as videos about the social web. The international organization www.fosi.org is committed to a safe online world for children and family. Learn more about cyber security and digital security at www.staysafeonline.org.
- 19. Privacy Links
On the top header you will find a button on the right, behind which hide the privacy settings on Facebook. There you can easily and quickly secure your Facebook profile, hide access to your content and avoid unwanted contact requests.
- 20. Suspicious downloads
Be careful what you click on Facebook. Check the link! Remember, they could also come from fake friends or compromised profiles and host malware that spies on your data and passwords.
- 21. One-time password (OTP)
With a one-time password, you can always log in to Facebook if you do not want to enter your real password. For example, if you are in public places. In Germany only one supplier offers this function. To receive an OTP, send an SMS with "otp" to 2665. After that, you will receive a password that is valid for 20 minutes. If you are outside Germany check this list:
- 22. Remove tags
It's important to keep your profile clean. Sometimes you are marked in something, even though you do not want to. To do so, go to "Activity Log> Posts where you have been tagged" and click the "Edit" icon next to the post. Select "Report / Remove Marker" and remove the marker.
- 23. Check tags before they appear on the timeline
Likewise, you can set in the activity log what should appear in your timeline - and what better not. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner and select "Enabled". Now you will be asked to confirm it manually before the post is published in your timeline.
- 24. Be authentic
The true I is better than what you might want to portray. You do not have to be authentic at all costs, but think carefully about what you want to reveal.
- 25. Private Family Group
Create a Facebook group for your family where you can share photos and stay in touch. So you do not have to worry about posts being seen by the wrong people.
- 26. Keep password secret
The most important thing in the list is that you do not tell anyone your password. Beware of fake requests from games or free software. They only want your password. Sign it on Facebook.
- 27. Second Account
Create a second Facbeook account when playing regular pastime games on Facebook. Because there is no need to reveal your true information and post any things.
- 28. Kids and Facebook
- 29. addictiveness
The social network is addictive, believe it or not. So try to stay as far away as possible. Live your life, because you can do many things without Facebook. Remember the time when there was no Facebook. Meet with friends or set up a recreational group in your place of residence.
- 30. Stop spamming
Do not spam Facebook and do not beg for likes. Posting good and interesting posts is more likely to be detected automatically.
- 31. Statement of rights and obligations
- 32. Account hacked - what now?
If your Facebook account was taken over by someone else, you can save it here:
- 33. Block
You can block people who harass you on Facebook. These people will no longer be able to start a conversation or read your posts.
- 34. How To: Block
Procedure using the example of the Facebook app for iOS:
1. Click the Privacy Shortcuts icon
2. Click on "How can I prevent someone from harassing me?"
3. Enter the name or e-mail address of the person you want to block into the field and confirm with the "Block" button.
4. After entering the name, select the person you want to block from the displayed list.
One more note: the user you are blocking is not notified.
- 35. Delete is not the same delete
Even if you delete some photos, videos or other uploads, Facebook still backs up a copy of the data on their servers. Facebook states that they "need specific information in order to provide the best possible Facebook experience." Your entire content will only be deleted completely if you permanently dissolve your account. So think carefully about what you post on Facebook.
- 36. Beware of games and apps
Apps and games collect your data during authorization. Check the popularity and trustworthiness of the app beforehand. In addition, you read through exactly the conditions, so what data the app or the game accesses.
- 37. Clean your desktop and cookies
Use the Chrome browser, press Ctrl + Shift + Delete to delete cookies and other Internet data. With the free software CCleaner you keep not only your browser but your entire PC clean.
- 38. Do not share your location
On Facebook, you can send your current location with every post or message. This makes it even easier for hackers to sniff out local data on your PC. Therefore deactivate the automatic positioning. When you click the green padlock icon in the browser bar in the Chrome browser, you can permanently block location tracking on each site under Permissions> Location.
- 39. Turn off location sharing in Android
Location sharing is enabled by default in the Facebook and Messenger app for Android. Under "Settings> Messenger Location Services" you can disable them.
- 40. From the perspective of …
If you do not want your work colleagues or boss to see last night's party pictures, hide them. To make sure which friend or acquaintance sees which photos, you have the option under the menu item "View from the perspective of …" to check this. Type in a specific name and check your profile from the perspective of another user.
- 41. Facebook is free!
Scammers say that Facebook is about to introduce a fee-based account or threaten to delete photos or the account. The cheater then directs you to a page where you should submit your credit card information. But believe us, Facebook is still free at the moment!
- 42. Call for help from a friend
It can happen that the account of your friends was hacked and you ask for money or other help. You probably think your friend is in need and want to help him. Be careful here and be careful not to fall into the trap. Usually, scammers and hackers are behind it. Tip: If someone asks you for an extraordinary favor, please clarify this personally rather than on Facebook!
- 43. Do not sell account
To do this, go to the iPad app's Help section> Edit Account> Disable or delete your account. There, click on the question "How do I delete my account permanently?" And on the linked passage "Share it with us". After that you can delete your account.
- 44. Deactivate vs. Clear
If you deactivate your account, Facebook will continue to keep your data on its servers. So if you log back in after a few months, all the photos and entries are there. To be sure and completely disappear from Facebook, you should delete your account.
- 45. Never post
There are things that you should never post on Facebook: full date of birth, relationship status, current location, that you are home alone, children's pictures with tags.
- 46. Uncover hackers
You know the letters of your friends, right? If you are absolutely sure that a friend's account has been hacked, immediately report it to Facebook. Facebook protects your friend's personal information if you can report it at the right time.
- 47. Save your data
You can store all your Facebook files such as chat histories, photos and other information on your computer. Make monthly or even weekly backups, because you can never be sure that someone is not hacking, deleting or deactivating your account. With that you are definitely on the safe side.
- 48th Facebook's security center
Spend some time at the Facebook Safety Center to learn more about the security on Facebook.
- 49. Facebook page for security
Nothing is more important on Facebook than the safety of people using the social network. On this page you will get to know the security tools and other resources.