Friday, 10 August 2012

Top 3 Facebook Security Features


Hacked account is one the most annoying experiences of having a social networking account, particularly facebook. Once hacked, the hacker takes control of your account profile and the annoyance starts there. He can post anything on your behalf and can send spam messages to anyone in your contact lists. He can send anything he wants with your name taking all the discredit. And he doesn't stop there as he can go a lot further. He can change your password, personal details and other details like email verification for account reactivation, until you can no longer log in to your own account.

Did you know that there are security features included within facebook that can detect if your account is compromised? These features can be a source of information whether it's time to change passwords or if your account has been taken over by a hacker. It can also protect you from accidental exposures when you forgot to log out using a public computer or somebody else's. All you have to do is to enable these built in security features. You can explore and try these features by clicking at < home drop down menu, account settings, security> so that you won't fall into the same fate of a hacked account like the one below.

1. Secure browsing

When enabled, facebook will use https in logging in. This will add a layer of protection on what you send like user name and password online. Using https instead of the plain http will make your online activity encrypted. This makes it difficult for hackers to see what you are doing or what's you're typing in. Just in case he see's your screen remotely, or intercepts the packets of information you are sending. The hackers could not hack what they "could not" see.

2. Log in notifications and log in approvals.

After enabling this feature, the next time you log in, a check point (pic 1) will let you enable the device you are logging  into by naming it and saving it into your list of machines to access your account. In the future, when you or somebody tries or have already logged in into your account from any other devices, a notification (pic 2) will be emailed into your log in email telling you about this. If you did not logged in to this device then you could easily secure your account by clicking the link secure your account on the email.

If you prefer to be notified by a text message instead of emails,  log in approvals will send you a code to the mobile you set up with this security feature when you use an unrecognised device. I am not just sure if you will be charged whilst receiving a notification.

All of the recognised devices will be listed and you could just unauthorise  any device by clicking remove opposite the device's name.

3.Active sessions

Wherever your Facebook account is accessed by you or by somebody, the activity is logged with the time of access, the approximate location, the device name (the name you've given to the device when you enabled log in approval), and the application you used. The approximate location is guided by the ip address being used. You can see the ip address by hovering your mouse over the address detected. In case you do not recognise the location or ip address and any of the logged data, you can just click end the activity to log out your account. This security feature is also useful when you forgot to log out when using a public internet cafe or when you used your friend’s device.

The data below says that my FB account is active in six different devices and have not logged out properly.

My Thoughts

These built in security features are useful in tracking the activities of your account online. Just in case somebody got their eyes on your account and start logging in as you. You can track and stop the device they log in from and and stop the device from accessing your account just incase you've used other devices to log in but forgot to log out and the device remembered your credentials. Built in features may not at all times protect your account from all threats, but it is better to turn those on than to stay unprotected at all.

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