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Are you up to date with 2019 Facebook Security Settings?

Facebook has experienced many developments and presented a lot of new opportunities for individuals and businesses since we last discussed the topic in our blog Ensuring Your Info Is Safe. For many of us, there’s obligation or demand for some sort of social presence – whether that be personal or professional – but the risk of breaches to personal information is still very real, so if you’re an active Facebook user, it’s increasingly important to ensure your private information is kept as such.

Before we get started

It’s an obvious one, but before we tackle the cyber opportunists, we have to make sure that our physical devices are secure. Here are a few maybe obvious tips that can be overlooked:

  • Always log out of your Facebook account when your computer, laptop, and mobile devices are not in use
  • Ensure your devices have strong passwords or pin codes, and you update these regularly
  • Activate an auto-lock timer in case you forget or walk away from your unsecured device

Who can see and contact me?

We’re delving a bit deeper than our last article discussing Privacy setting and Tools. Did you know you have the ability to prevent unwanted Friend Requests? You can also limit the data accessible by the general public when viewing your profile or trying to get in touch with you.

  • Change who can send you a Friend Request from ‘Everyone’ to ‘Friends of Friends’, there must be a connection between you and the other party before they can submit the request
  • Disable the features allowing users to look you up via the email address or phone number associated to your account
  • Disable the feature that allows search engines outside of Facebook to access your profile
  • Make sure your personal details such as education or place of work, and even your future posts on your profile, are hidden from any onlookers or confined to a custom list of friends that you can create


Logging in securely

When was the last time you updated your password? Get into a habit of creating one with a combination of letters with mixed casing, numbers, and symbols that should be updated regularly. You should also enable Facebook’s two-factor authentication which sends a code to your mobile phone once you have signed in with your password and acts as a second barrier for hackers.


That’s not me

A setting worthwhile utilising is alerts from unrecognised logins. These alerts are sent via Facebook notification, Messenger, email or mobile number, and will show you a list of active devices and locations logged in to your account. You can save your login information on the browsers and devices you choose, as well as remove any unwanted accounts or flagging them as ‘not you’. This prompts Facebook to take you through a password update and revise any recent activity that you may have not been responsible for.

Always be vigilant with your password and logging out of any devices that you walk away from, you never know who or what may be lurking.


You’re being targeted

We touched on this previously about how Facebook makes it possible for advertisers to target you with ads using information such as your email, phone number, or certain information you’ve uploaded to your profile like your job title and relationship status – without revealing your identity.

You may also be targeted based on

  • Posts you’ve liked, commented on or shared
  • Pages you follow or have interacted with
  • Websites you’ve visited
  • Apps you’ve used
  • Ads you’ve clicked on or ads you’ve hidden

It’s in your best interest to review the Ads section in your Facebook settings and refine or remove as much information available to third parties as possible – if you don’t, these ads may just follow you beyond Facebook.


In summary…

Billions of people around the world are actively using Facebook making it a very powerful tool. For this reason, it’s best to air on the side of caution when considering what information you share on this platform. As they say, once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever.