Top 4 Settings to Secure your Facebook account from Hackers

Secure your facebook account

Did you know you can make your Facebook account more secure and resistant to hacking by using nothing but already existing security settings made available by Facebook?

Facebook is the largest and most popular social media website out there. That is the more reason why they should have solid measures put in place for users to secure their accounts from hackers and spammers targeting the platform.

Settings page  with different methods to secure your Facebook account
Your Facebook security settings should look like this after you read this post

There may be a few more security settings here and there, users could flip to make their Facebook accounts more secure though.

But these are the top 4 settings all Facebook users should enable now to protect their Facebook accounts from getting hacked:

A lot of people are not aware of what two-factor authentication is and how powerful it is to protect their online accounts from getting hacked, hence they do not take advantage of it.

Popularly known as 2FA, the two-factor authentication is a security mechanism that adds an extra layer of security by verifying your account ownership twice with a code sent to you.

After you enable 2FA on your Facebook account, whenever your password is used to attempt to log in, you’ll get a code sent to your phone as a second factor of authentication. And unless you have that code the login would fail even if you used the correct password.

This goes to great lengths in thwarting the efforts of an attacker who somehow manages to get your Facebook password, and tries to gain unauthorized access into your account.

Note: This is the single most important security feature you can enable on any of your accounts, and I strongly recommend you enable it on all of your online accounts that offer this feature.

Facebook’s unrecognized login notifications is a security system whereby you get an alert whenever someone tries to log into your Facebook account.

This alert is triggered on either or both of these occasions: login from a new device (or web browser) you have never used or don’t normally use. Or login from an IP address or location you have never been before.

The major benefit of this neat security feature is that you’d have already been notified of a possible break-in to your Facebook account before the attacker begins the takeover.

This would afford you ample time to stop the Facebook account hacker. Or recover your hacked account in case you missed the notification and it was too late to stop the hacker.

To enable Facebook notifications about unrecognized logins:

1. Tap the three-line menu button on the upper right corner of your Facebook App.

2. Tap to expand Settings & Privacy and select “Settings”.

3. Under the Security section, tap “Security and Login”.

4. Under Setting Up Extra Security section, tap “Get alerts about unrecognized login”.

5. Tap on each option – Notifications, Messenger and Email and select the checkboxes next to Get notifications to activate where you want to receive your alerts.

6. Tap Save to finish up.

3. Use the trusted friends or contacts feature

Another way to secure your Facebook account from hackers is to nominate 3 to 5 trusted friends beforehand that can help you get back into your account if you’re ever locked out.

How this works is that whenever Facebook detects a hacking attempt or an unauthorized login on your Facebook account, it automatically locks down your account.

And in order to regain access back into your account, each of those trusted friends would have to send you a code. Once again a hacker who has your password and trying to take over your account is brutally stopped.

To choose your trusted friends or contacts:

1. Tap the hamburger (three-lines) menu icon on the top-right corner of your Facebook App.

2. Tap to expand Settings & Privacy and select “Settings”.

3. Under the Security section, tap “Security and Login”.

4. Under Setting Up Extra Security section, tap “Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you get locked out”.

(For your security, Facebook may require you to re-enter your password to confirm this is you)

5. Tap “Choose Trusted Contacts” and simply tap on the names of friends already appearing or use the search box.

6. When you have up to 3 to 5 contacts, tap “Done” on the upper right corner to save your selection.

After you’ve chosen your trusted contacts, you can always come back to this menu and click “Edit” to change or “Remove All” the friends you’ve chosen.

Some of your personal information on public display on your Facebook profile may assist a hacker to takeover your account if you don’t hide them.

Top on the list is your Date of Birth. Facebook may sometimes use this as a checkpoint security question if it detects hacking activity on your account.

Don’t make grabbing this piece of information from your Facebook profile too easy.

Even though an attacker may know your actual date of birth, chances are it may not be what you have on file for your Facebook account. And that counts for something.

Another information you might want to consider hiding from your profile is your Facebook friend’s list.

Facebook may lockdown your account and ask you to identify your friends after it detects hacking activities on your account.

But if your friends list is visible and searchable then a motivated attacker may bypass that security checkpoint.

To hide your Facebook friend’s list:

1. Tap the hamburger (three-lines) menu icon on the top-right corner of your Facebook App.

2. Tap to expand Settings & Privacy and select “Settings”.

3. Under Privacy section, tap “Privacy Settings”.

4. Under the How People Find and Contact You sub-section, tap “Who can see your friends list?”

5. Select the audience of people you’d like to have access to your friend’s list. I recommend setting this to Only me.

This displays a warning if you attempt to navigate to a potentially dangerous or deceptive website through a link a malicious hacker may have sent to you on Facebook.

Although this may have already been turned on by default it’s good you check to ensure that.

1. Tap the hamburger (three-lines) menu icon on the top-right corner of your Facebook App.

2. Tap to expand Settings & Privacy and select “Settings”.

3. Under Security section, tap “Security and Login”.

4. Scroll to the bottom to find the Advanced section, tap “Safe browsing” to toggle it on.

Face recognition helps protect you from strangers using a photo of you as their profile picture.

1. Tap the hamburger (three-lines) menu icon on the top-right corner of your Facebook App.

2. Tap to expand Settings & Privacy and select “Settings”.

3. Under Privacy section, tap “Face Recognition”.

4. Tap “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?” and select “Yes”.

The security settings we discussed on this guide will only make your Facebook account more secure, but cannot protect your Facebook account password from hackers.

For this reason, this guide is best for making it almost impossible for a hacker to take over your Facebook account even when they have managed to steal your Facebook password.

As you may have noticed that most of the points on this list assume breached account status – that is the hacker already knew and had your Facebook password.

And that’s because Cyber Crooks, unfortunately, have tried and proven ways to hack the Facebook account passwords of their victims.

This is why you should know the 7 successful ways to hack a Facebook account password and their prevention if you must stay ahead of these Cyber Crooks.

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Tara Sazs

Well, for me 2 Factor Authentication is the most effective method. Moreover, I use Ivacy VPN at all times to ensure the anonymity of my digital footprints.

Hassan Timothy

I really appreciate you bro 💯 it’s work for me. My Gmail account and FB account was hacked 😭 ND I recover them back after following ur instructions

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