If you are a regular reader of Loginhelper you know that security does not end with the selection of a strong account password. The password may be the most important aspect, but there are other factors to consider. This includes making sure you are on the right site before you key in your login name and password, or protecting your email account that is connected to Facebook.
Facebook’s Security Settings can further improve your security when interacting with the social networking site. This short guide looks at all available options, and explains how to best configure the settings to protect your Facebook account.
You can load this page or click on the down arrow, select Account Settings and then Security to open the settings page.
Here you see the following configuration options:
- Security Question – Setting a security question will help us identify you.
- Secure Browsing – Secure browsing is currently enabled or disabled.
- Login Notifications – Email notifications are enabled or disabled.
- Login Approvals – Approval is required / not required when logging in from an unrecognized device.
- App Passwords – Whether application passwords have been generated.
- Recognized Devices – How many devices are recognized by Facebook.
- Active Sessions – The number of active sessions, as well as the location of the current session.
Lets take a closer look:
Security Question: This one is used by Facebook to identify you, for instance if you cannot remember your password, and do not have access to your email address anymore. I’d suggest to select a secure answer. Instead of answering a question truthfully, you could use a password or letter number combination at least to make it more secure. This could otherwise be used to guess the right answer.
You need to enter your Facebook password to save the answer to the question.
This enables a secure connection, indicated by https:// in front of the web address, whenever possible.
If you open http://www.facebook.com/ you are automatically redirected to https://www.facebook.com/. Some games or apps on Facebook may not work with https enabled, which is why you may see http connections on Facebook when playing games or using apps.
HTTPS is especially useful when you are accessing Facebook from a public network, for instance an Internet Cafe, as it protects your data from being spied at by other users connected to the network.
Login Notifications: When enabled, you will receive emails whenever someone logs into Facebook from a device that is not recognized by Facebook.
Other notification options may be available as well.
Login Approvals: This enables 2-factor authentication on Facebook.
This is probably the second best security option at your disposal after selecting a secure account password. Facebook sends a code to the registered mobile phone whenever a log in from an unrecognized computer or device is recorded. Without the code, the log in is blocked.
App Passwords: This is only necessary if 2-factor authentication has been enabled. Some Facebook games or apps do not support the login approval feature. App passwords can be created on the page to be used for those apps and games.
This is the list of devices that Facebook recognizes. Each device or computer is listed with the log in date, the selected name, and an option to remove the device from the listing.
Lists all active sessions. This displayed detailed information when the Facebook account was last accessed from that device or computer, the location of the device, and the device type which is usually a browser and operating system combination. You can also end any remote session here.
If you suspect your account to be hacked, or that someone else had access to it, this is the first place to look to end any open sessions. Afterwards, change the account password to lock the hacker out.