How to Block Hackers on Facebook

by John Mitchell

Facebook is continually striving to offer the most secure and private social network on the Internet. Since early 2010 the company has rolled out new privacy and security features that make using the website safer. Four security features you can take advantage of today are "Secure Browsing" via a secure connection, "Login Notifications," "Login Approvals" and the "Most Recent Activity." You will discover these opt-in security settings by selecting "Account" from the top homepage menu clicking "Account Settings" and going to the "Account Security" section. Enabling any one or all of these features helps to block hackers from getting into your Facebook account.

Enable HTTPS

You can access Facebook through one of two Internet protocols which include the standard Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) or Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS). As of January 2011 Facebook allows you to access the social network entirely over the HTTPS protocol which is more secure by utilizing a 128-bit encrypted connection. You can enable HTTPS via the "Account Settings" menu by clicking on the "Change" link next to "Account Security" heading.

Login Notifications

In April 2010 Facebook began testing a security feature that notified users when an unknown computer or device tried accessing their account. As of May 2010 the "Login Notifications" feature is now available to all Facebook users. You can enable it from the "Account Security" section under the "Account Settings" page. There are two options, which are "Send me an email" or "Send me a text message." You can select one or both options and will be alerted when an unknown computer tries to log into your account.

Login Approvals

The "Login Approvals" option is a preventative method to stop unrecognized computers or devices from accessing your Facebook account. Essentially, what happens, is that a security code is to your cell phone and you are prompted from the unknown computer to enter this code. If it does not match then you cannot access your account. Of course as long as you are the account owner and still have the phone number you have on file then you should have no problems getting signed in.

Account Activity

One further way to help you stay on top of your Facebook security is to periodically check your account activity. You would go to the "Account Settings" and then click the "Account Security" heading. In that section look at the "Most Recent Activity" information, which discloses the "Location" and "Device Type." The location information may not always populate, but the device should. For example, "Chrome on Win7" for the "Device Type" would indicate you or someone logged into your account using the Google Chrome on the Windows 7 operating system.

About the Author

John Mitchell is an expert in all things technology, including social media and smart phones. He is a news ninja for Qwiki, bringing the latest news on the interactive platform. Mitchell graduated from the University of Sedona with a master's degree in pastoral counseling psychology and authored the book, "No More Taxes."

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