Facebook has many security measures in place that help protect user accounts, but what are some of the things you can do to make your account extra secure?
1. Control the ads that appear
Many aren’t aware that Facebook has an ad preferences feature that allows you to control what type of ads appear on your page. For example, you often see ads that show pet services because you listed “dogs” as one of your interests. If you don’t like seeing these ads on your page, you can simply use the ad preferences feature to prevent them from appearing again.
2. Choose the audience for your posts
Worried about who sees your photos or posts on Facebook? Use Facebook’s Privacy Settings and Tools. These will allow you to control nearly everything, from which Friends can view a particular album, to who will be able to tag you on photos. A big thing I always caution people in my presentations is to avoid the setting Friends of Friends. Some people treat Facebook as a popularity contest and have no idea who all their “friends” are. I recommend you review your privacy settings on a regular basis to know exactly who has access to viewing your personal information.
3. Block certain users
Do you have someone stalking you, sending rude messages, or simply bothering you? The answer’s simple: block them! They won’t be able to contact you, see your comments on other people’s pages, or see any of your posts.
To block someone, go to Privacy Shortcuts, click on the “How do I stop someone from bothering me?” option, and enter the name of the person.
4. Beware of any suspicious activity
Open your Security settings and take a look at recognized devices and active sessions. If you notice anything suspicious, you can select Edit and then Remove to ensure your Facebook account isn’t being used on an unknown device.
5. View your profile as another person
Take a look at how your Facebook appears publicly, or to a specific person. This is a great eye opener for many. Go to your profile page, select the button right next to “View Activity Log,” and then choose “View as…”. You’ll then be able to see what photos, posts, and content are visible to other users.