5 Security Tips Facebook Wants You To Know

Just as students start returning school, the experts at Facebook have released a new guide to security, aimed at helping teachers, parents and young adults keep their online accounts safe.

The guide was penned by authorities in the field; noted former Symantec Internet safety expert Linda McCarthy, Purdue University security researcher Keith Watson, plus teacher and editor Denise Weldon-Siviy.

This release covers a variety of subjects regarding online security on both the Internet and on Facebook.

Here’s just a few of issues addressed in the guide:

  • Protect your Facebook account
  • Avoid scammers
  • Configure advanced security settings
  • Recover a hacked Facebook account
  • Stop imposters

It’s a light and easy read at only 20 pages and more importantly, the book is free.

You can download it from the Facebook Safety Center here: www.facebook.com/safety

Not only does the guide cover some practical issues, like how to use one-time passwords, enable secure browsing, or track your account activity, the handbook also explains why security breaches happen. For instance, why does a thief or malware pusher want to access your account?

The last page offers a handy summary of more than dozen tips for staying safe online. The five most important ones are:

  1. Only befriend people you know.
  2. Change your passwords frequently.
  3. Only download apps from sites you trust.
  4. Keep you anti-virus software up-to-date.
  5. Log into Facebook only once per session.

Do you have any additional tips for protecting your online accounts?

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