7 Facebook Security Features You Need To Know About

The people who complain the most about privacy on Facebook tend to know the least about the ever-growing array of security options available on the site.

Here are seven security features you need to know about.

Social Authentication

If you just logged on to your Facebook and someone else, halfway around the world, tries to logs on with the same username and password, he will be forced to look at a set of pictures and identify the names of people.

Facebook identifies odd behavior on your account and uses its social authentication to make sure that your account is not compromised, even if someone else knows your username and password.

Full Time HTTPS

If you’ve ever paid for something online you may have noticed that the beginning url of the webpage has https:// in the beginning of the address. T

he “s” means that the computer is communicating with the site using a secure code, meaning nobody can steal your sensitive information.

Facebook allows you to browse with https at all times if you go to the security settings and check “browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible.” You should use this option if you browse Facebook via public wifi services.

Malicious Software Protection

If your account has fallen victim to malware, Facebook will temporarily freeze your account and perform a scan on it until it is clean.

Guardian Angels

Facebook will allow you to select up to five friends so that they can help you login to your Facebook account if you forget your password and don’t have access to your email. You can simply call one of your “trusted friends” and he or she will tell you the code necessary to log into your account.

Remote Logout

Have you ever used Facebook on one of your family member’s computer and forgot whether or not you logged out of Facebook?

Simply go to the security page under your account settings. There you’ll see a list of “active sessions,” each one of which you can end immediately.

One Time Passwords

If you’re going to be using a public computer and want to be sure that that computer doesn’t store your login information, Facebook will send you a temporary password that is valid for 20 minutes.

Simply send a text message saying “opt” to 32665.

Clickjacking Scam Removal

According to Facebook, we will see less and less of these clickjacking scams because it’s verifying bad links with increasing accuracy.

The clickjacking scams sometimes make their way through Facebooks filters, which scan “a trillion links a day” and block “230 million malicious actions per day.”

Some of these features may seem redundant; remote logout and one time passwords, for example, have the same purpose.

Facebook’s impressive list of security features is the company’s way of saying that it cares about its members, despite many people’s complaints about privacy.

Guest writer Nickolay Lamm is an Internet marketing specialist who manages Invention Fraud Watch.

Main image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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