Facebook for the last decade has been THE authority in social media and has completely transformed the world. With size, comes targets, and hackers have had a field day trying to break into one of the largest consumer databases’ in the history of the internet.
The recent hack exposed over 50 MILLION passwords. To make sure that you are secured during these scary times, we have made a list of things you should do to protect yourself.
For our customers, you can call 844-880-7874 and have us walk you through this process.
1. Change Your Password
First and foremost, you should change your password on your Facebook account. While it can be frustrating to have to remember dozens of different combinations for every website you go to, it is the best line of defense. Be sure that it is at least 8 characters, not in the dictionary, uses numbers, capitals, and lowercase letters. The longer the password, the harder it is to crack.
2. Set Up Two Factor Authentication
Facebook has different methods to set up two factor authentication (2FA). You can have it go to a text message or through Google Authenticator
See below for steps to enable 2FA on your Facebook account from eff.org
Go to “Settings.” After that choose “Security” & on the menu that is on the left “Login Approvals.”
Tick “Require a login code to access my account from unknown browsers.”
Type in your current password
Click through the explanation of 2FA.
Confirm or add your phone number for 2FA purposes. This will force the person who logs into your account to punch in a code that is texted to your phone.
Hit “Continue,” Then get your confirmation code text, type it in, and click “Confirm.”
We recommend checking “No thanks” on the ease-in option and secure your account now. With the chaos that is happening NOW you don’t want to let this slow drip, it is time sensitive.
3. See the Devices You Are Already Connected To
Accessing Your Facebook Security Section
Choose “Account Settings” and then “Security”.
Log Off Facebook Remotely
Here you will find active sessions. See which ones your recognize.
You will notice that there are plenty of times that you have logged in at separate places. Perhaps work (ahem) or at a friend’s house. You will see a list of where you are currently logged in and authorized.
Hit “End Activity” and you won’t be authorized on those devices until you log back in (with your new password).
Decide on Your “Recognized Devices”
Activate “Login Approvals” then add your primary tablet(s), phone(s), computer(s), etc.
Approve Logins From Unknown devices
Go Facebook Security and choose “Login Approvals”. Affirm the check the box. Choose “Save Changes.” Your will receive a verification text message with a code.
Depending on whether or not it is recognized, you may need to give it a name. This is one of the methods that is available. You can also use a third party authetnicator app.
It is best to go through your house/current location and get the devices you want to have access started already. It is a pain up front, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Unknown Devices Alerts (Text/Push/Email)
If someone logs in from a new location you can get alerts about it. Choose “Login Notifications” Facebook security then select which notification you want..
4. (If You Re-Use Passwords) Change Your Other Passwords
We all are guilty of re-using the same password on multiple sites. However, if you use the same password on other websites that you use on Facebook, you should change it immediately.
Imagine, if someone has your email address and password to only your email. You may think, oh well, they can see my messages, go for it. That may not be the big threat, if they go to www.yourbank.com and do forgot password, guess where that reset goes? Or even worse, if you used the same password for banking that you did on Facebook.
For your security, change everything periodically, but especially if you use the same password with Facebook on other sites, change those immediately.
If you need help with passwords, we are offering a 50% discount on Dashlane Password Manager to help use code “FacebookDash50” the way it works is that it stores your passwords in one spot, so you only need to remember one difficult password and it unlocks on your other sites. It also utilizes fingerprint recognition if your phone has that ability so that nobody can just hop on and use your passwords.
Dashlane has been around for almost 10 years and hasn’t had a single data breach, unlike some of the other managers out there. That is why we recommend it and partnered with them to give you a great discount.
Our techs will need to remote on your computer to help set up through the process.