- INCOMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION
Yes, you heard me correctly. Some of you when you opened a Facebook account you were so eager to start using the platform that you forgot the basics thing you must first do.
Some might just write their names and skip the important ones like the email or phone number.
Do you know that whenever you lose access to your Facebook account, it’s through one of this medium that you get your access code to recover it. That’s why when a hacker hacks you they primarily change the email and phone number so you would lose the privilege to get a recovery code, thereby rendering the recovery process useless.
- TWO FACTOR AUTHENTICATION IS DISABLED
This is one of the best ways your account can been secured, but most of you hardly even knew it existed.
When you enable 2FA, also known as two-step verification, Facebook will require a special code in addition to your regular password when signing into the app. This code can be sent to you via SMS or by using an authenticator app like Google Authenticator.
In order words, you as the owner has to get a special code through the phone number you added when you enabled it before you can access it. With this it’s hard if not impossible for a hacker to penetrate pass the security unless if its you who disclosed it.
So here’s how to enable it if you haven’t,
- Open the Facebook app on your phone or tablet.
Tap the menu ☰. It’s the three horizontal lines at the bottom-right corner (or top-left, on some models) of the screen.
Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy. It’s near the bottom of the screen. This opens another set of menu options.
Tap Security and Login. It’s in the “Security” section.
Tap “Use two-factor authentication”.
Select a security method. If you want to receive confirmation codes via SMS text message, tap Text Message (SMS). If you have an authentication app like Google Authenticator or Authy, tapAuthentication App. It’s generally easier to use text messages because you’ll have more time entering the confirmation code when signing in.
Tap the blue Continue button.
Set up your security method. The final steps will be different depending on the security method you chose:
Using SMS: Add your phone number and tap Continue. When you receive the 6-digit authentication code via text message, enter it into the box and tap Continue. Last, tap Done to confirm.
Using an authentication app: If you’re using the phone that the authentication app is installed on, tap the long string of letters and numbers at the bottom of the screen to copy it to your clipboard, launch your authentication app, and then enter it on the screen where you add new accounts. If the authentication app is on a different phone or tablet, open the app to the new login screen, and then align the QR code to make the connection.
Now, log out and log back in, you will be sent a code, enter it and you will be logged in.
- CLICKING UNNECESSARY LINKS(PHISHING)
Many of you are victim of this kind of exploit, you may have been compelled to click some link which displays some kind of offer or advertisement which promises monetary rewards. Probably to either join a platform or group.
What you don’t know is that most of this links were compromised so when you click on the link they can get your details through a process called phishing.
Phishing according to Facebook is when someone tries to get access to your Facebook account by sending you a suspicious message or link that asks for your personal information. If they get into your account, they may use your account to send spam or scam purposes.
How can you avoid getting phished according to Facebook.
Look out for suspicious emails or messages
(ii) Emails from Facebook about your account always come from fb.com, facebook.com or facebookmail.com. You can always visit www.facebook.com or open your Facebook app to check for important messages from us.
Don’t click suspicious links
(i) If you get a suspicious email or message claiming to be from Facebook, don’t click any links or attachments.
Don’t respond to these emails
(i) Don’t answer messages asking for your password, social security number, or credit card information.
Get alerts about unrecognized logins and turn on two-factor authentication to increase your account security.
With all this you probably know where you going wrong, after reading go right now and complete the process of securing your Facebook Account.
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