Facebook - How to harden your account settings

Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:28 PM by hwaldron

The Avira Security blog shares basic tips on how to strengthen account setting controls in Facebook to improve safety

Facebook - How to harden your account settings

QUOTE: In order to configure the access to your Facebook account setting controls, you must go to Home >>> Account Settings >>> Security Tab 

You can select in this window a couple of options. Read below what each of them means.

* Secure Browsing - if activated, no matter where you are, as soon as you login in your account you will use Facebook over an encrypted connection. It is highly recommended to always activate this option.

* Login Notifications - can notify you when your account is accessed from a computer or mobile device that you haven’t used before. There are two notification methods available : Email  and Text message. It is highly recommended to use at least Email.

* Login Approvals – requires to enter a security code each time an unrecognized computer or device tries to access your account. Recommended to be activated. This requires to have a mobile phone to be set up in the account.

* App Passwords - if the Login Approvals is activated, some Apps might not be able to function because they are not ready to work with codes. Instead, you could generate a password for these Apps which is different than your Facebook password. This allows a more granular control over your security. Highly recommended if you use third party Apps.

* Recognized Devices – Facebook will store a cookie on your device as soon as you login. If that cookie is no longer found, Facebook will consider the device you are using a new one and will ask for authentication. If you use many computers, enabling this option is highly recommended.

* Active Sessions – this options allows you to remotely control the sessions which are using your account. This means nothing else than removing from the server side the cookie which was created on login. If you think that your account was misused, the first thing to do is to end all active sessions and change your password.


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