data breaches at Facebook has reignited the data privacy debate and has put the heat back on the social networking giant and other technology companies.
Facebook’s “View As” feature that lets Facebook users see how their profile will look to someone else was exploited by hackers and account data of 30 million users was compromised. Details like age, gender, relationship status of these many users are now believed to be in the hands of the hackers.
As the adoption and use of internet increases, data safety will continue to remain a critical focus are for companies. Facebook advices users to be more cautious while sharing confidential information with others.
Here are some tips to secure your Facebook account:
1. You can quite easily secure the Facebook app on your smartphone. Consider setting up the app lock features available on your smartphone, or even logging out after a session.
2. Do not forget to log out from your browser after using your Facebook account on unsecured networks. It is advisable to avoid logging into social networking sites while accessing the internet from public WiFi networks or cyber cafes.
3. Facebook offers two-factor authentication, which assures an additional layer of security. Every time you try to login, you will receive a code in your phone. You need to enter the code while logging-in.
4. The service also offers an option of accessing the ‘Authorized Logins’ section, where users can add recognized devices for their Facebook account. You will then receive alerts in the event any login attempt is made from a device not on that list.
5. It is advised to not use the same password for all internet services that you actively use. The ideal password should be alphanumeric and contain special characters. Make your password difficult to guess and do not use your first or last name in the password.
6. Be very sure before clicking on any links that you see on your Facebook timeline.