Protecting Your Facebook Account
You are the first line of defense in protecting your account. You can take control of your protection by using strong
passwords, taking advantage of the many advanced security settings that provide authentication as well as secure
communications, and making sure you log out when you are done.
Using good passwords
Using a good password is something that you should do every place you visit on the Internet, not just Facebook. Creating a
good password is fairly simple. You want it to be complex enough that it can’t be guessed, yet meaningful enough that you
can actually remember it.
Have a great password?
• Don’t use it for ALL your accounts.
• Don’t share it with friends.
• Change it regularly.
• Consider storing it in a password tool.
A good password has at least eight characters, one or more numbers, and at least one special character. Use non-words but
associate them with a word. Imagine your pet’s name is Buddy, you live on State Street, you’re 15, and you like to stargaze
at night. A good password for you would be budstat15*. Or go for something humorous you can remember. One woman
set her work password to remind her of why she went to work, 4da$cash.
Can’t remember that many details? Use a password tool to remember for you. Many browsers now include password vaults.
If yours doesn’t, consider a free tool like KeePass Password Safe (http://keepass.info/). And just in case you still forget, be
sure to add a security question and your mobile phone number in the ACCOUNT SETTINGS of your Facebook account.
Logging out of Facebook
Logging out of Facebook when you’re not using it is a simple and effective way to protect your account. Many people think
that if they close the web page or exit the browser that also logs them out of Facebook. It doesn’t. The next person who goes
to Facebook.com on that computer will find themselves already logged in—to your account. Logging out is crucial when
you’re accessing Facebook away from home.
But it’s also important at home if you share a computer. Just ask Nathan, a 16-year-old who left his Facebook account
logged in on the family computer. During one soccer practice, his sister dumped his girlfriend for him by changing his
Facebook relationship status to SINGLE. Since then, he makes it a point to always log out of Facebook before leaving the
house. And remember, if you forget to log out of an active session, you can always remotely close that session from the
ACCOUNT SECURITY section of the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page.