How to make your Facebook account unhackable

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With roughly three billion active users per month, Facebook still remains one of the top most successful social networking sites in the world. But like many others, security and privacy of users using the platform are major concern. There are some compromises here and there that can drill a hole into the secured account of users and make it hackable for hackers roaming the web.

It’s no longer a new story that Facebook users account can be hacked. There are many stories out there of Facebook users whose accounts have been hacked and stolen by hackers. But there are some precautionary measures you can take as an user to make your account unhackable and more secured— this is what we will be talking about today.

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Different exploits and means are being developed by hackers to have their way into the system, which most time do turned out to be very successful. But as a Facebook user, there are ways you can seclude your account from the prying hands of these hackers, making it very difficult for them to gain access into your account. Below are the ways you can make your account to be more secured:

1. Enable Two-Factor Authentication

This is the first and foremost thing you should do if you want to make your Facebook account unhackable. Enabling two-factor authentication (simply known as 2FA) is one of the ways by which you can make your account more secured. Major social networking sites including Facebook now provide this option for their users. What 2FA does is that it makes it difficult for any other person to login into your account without your permission.

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How does it work? Anytime you logged into your account with your username and password, you will be sent a code via an SMS to your phone, you will then need to insert this code before you can be permitted to access your account. If someone is trying to access your account behind your back, they will not be able to because they do not have access to your phone when asked for the code, which only you can provide. You can also use Google Authenticator for 2FA if you are using a smartphone.

To enable two-factor authentication on Facebook, go to Settings -> Security and Login.

2. Don’t use your Facebook to login into other websites or apps you don’t trust

It is common nowadays to login into any website or app using our social accounts, thanks to oauth API access provided to third-party app and website owners by these social platforms. It is becoming the norm for most websites or apps on the web to let visitors to “logged in with Facebook” before they can have full access to their website or app contents. Although, this lessen the time that would have taken the visitor to register for a new account on these sites, it can also open doors for owners of these sites to have access to your Facebook account.

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By authorizing an app to have access to your Facebook account, you are giving the app the permission to access your account details. This can be exploited by hackers to gain an unauthorized access to your account. This is why it is important to logged in using your Facebook to only sites or apps you trusted. Beware!

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3. Be wary of links you click on Facebook

It is very important that you do not click on just any links posted on Facebook. Hackers use this method a lot to gain access and stole users account. If the link does not come from a reputable or trusted source, avoid clicking on it. Some links can be quite dangerous if clicked on; they either lead to phishing sites or sites that have been hacked or compromised. Hacked Facebook accounts are often used to post these links, so be careful. If your friend Facebook account is hacked, block or unfriend him/her immediately.

4. Learn to clear your browser cookies and cache often

If you are accessing Facebook using a desktop or a mobile browser such as Google Chrome, it is a good thing to learn to clear the browser cookies and cache often. Metadata of each browsing section are often stored in the browser as cookies – this little information can be exploited by hackers. If you are accessing your Facebook from a cafe or you are using someone’s else laptop or phone, make sure you clear the browser cache and cookies after you logged out.

5. Change your Facebook password at least once in two months

Changing your Facebook password more often can also help secured your account. You can use a password manager like Lastpass to generate a new password and to also manage all of your passwords. Password managers are secured as they use military-grade encryptions to protect their users passwords. This will further help protect your account.

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Other things you can do to make your Facebook account less prone to hackers attack is to limit your profile visibility to friends only. You can make it difficult for any person to add you on Facebook. Also make sure that you don’t use your primary contact and email address when signing up for a new Facebook account. It will be easier for people to look you up using your phone number or email address if you use the phone number and email you use the most.

By following these advice, you will make your account more secured and protected.

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