Are your friends posting about having their Facebook Accounts hacked? Share this with them.
Yes it is always frustrating and can be devastating when you clicked on that link you shouldn’t have and now your friends are being spammed or your account has been cloned, or worse they have access to your Facebook pages and are running riot. I would get tagged in easily 3 posts a week where someone is sharing a status update or screaming for help – albeit silently – because they have lost control of a page or some such.
So, how can we stop Facebook accounts getting hacked?
Keeping in mind that as business owners or managers you will potentially have access to many social media pages and groups, it is of critical importance that you implement two step security verification. We recommend doing this by enabling Facebook Login Approvals.
What are Facebook Login Approvals?
Login approvals are a security feature similar to login alerts, but with an extra security step. If you turn on login approvals, you’ll be asked to enter a special security code each time you try to access your Facebook account from a new computer, mobile device or browser. To turn on login approvals:
1. Go to your Settings, then Security Settings
2. Click on the Login Approvals section
3. Alongside ‘Two-factor authentication is currently disabled’ – click ‘Enable.
Save my Device or Browser?
Facebook needs to be able to remember your computer and browser information so they can recognise it the next time you log in, so make sure you save the device (e.g. computer) or browser you’re using. This will save you having to enter a code when you login from any of your recognised devices. If you’re having trouble here, it’s because some browser features block this. For example, if you’ve turned on private browsing or set up your browser to clear your history every time it closes, you might have to enter a code every time you log in. But hey, this is probably still better than being hacked!
Note: Don’t click ‘Save this browser’ if you’re using a public computer that other people can access (e.g. a library computer).
What Login Approval Methods can I use?
There are several ways you can receive login approvals; such as text message, security codes from Code Generator, security codes from a third-party app, approving your login from a confirmed device, and more.
By default, you’ll receive a text message (SMS) with a login code each time you need one. If you don’t want to receive text messages with login codes, you can turn this feature off in the Login Approvals section but you’ll have to have at least both a security key and code generator turned on instead.
Note: You need to have a mobile phone number listed on your account to turn on login approvals, and you can easily add one in when you’re turning on these approvals.
What is Code Generator?
Code Generator is part of the extra security feature within login approvals. If you turn on login approvals, you’ll be asked for a special security code each time you try to log into your Facebook account from a new computer or mobile phone.
Code Generator is a feature in the Facebook app and creates a unique security code every 30 seconds, even if you don’t have access to text messages (SMS) or an internet connection. You can use this code in addition to your password to log in to Facebook.
You can also use Code Generator if you ever need to reset your password. To get your code on your mobile device:
- From your Facebook app, tap the menu button (bottom right on the homescreen)
- Scroll down and tap Code Generator
- Use the code to log in to Facebook
Note: Code Generator is only available from the Facebook app for Android and iOS
Still having issues with Facebook accounts getting hacked or just Facebook security in general and want some help? Give us a call and book in for some social media coaching over coffee!
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