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The 8 Most Important Ways to Protect Your Identity and Privacy on Facebook: #2
2. Turn on Secure Browsing
Facebook’s Secure Browsing encrypts your Facebook activity, protecting your account from being accessed without your permission. Facebook compares NOT using Secure Browsing to leaving your car in a parking lot with the doors unlocked. You’ve probably gotten used to seeing the “s” in “https” in your browser bar when you log your bank or any important account online, and this feature gives you that level of protection for your Facebook activity.
There are several benefits to turning on Facebook’s Secure Browsing and the only reported downside is that it may slow your Facebook session slightly.
To turn Secure Browsing on, Go to Account.
Next to Account Security, click “change”.
Below, Secure Browsing (https), check the box for “Browse Facebook on a secure connection whenever possible”.
While you’re there, you may to turn on Login Notifications and Login Approvals. With Notifications, you’ll be informed by email any time anyone logs into your account on a new device. If any logs into your account from a device you do not recognize, you’ll have a chance to get into your account and change the password before the intruder does. With Approvals, you have to approve an unauthorized user on a new device with a security code that gets sent to your smartphone. If you turn on Approvals, you should have a remote lock program such as Free Anti-Theft for Mobile on your phone.
Now you should bookmark https://facebook.com and login to Facebook from that page exclusively.
2 things you need to know about secure browsing:
- Most apps—including games—do not support https. When you use an app you’ll leave Secure Browsing and Facebook should then switch you back to https (or at least prompt you to do so) when you are done with app.
- Mobile browsing is not secure. This means if you are login to your Facebook account on a free open Wi-Fi network, you could be vulnerable to a possible account intrusion.
The 8 Most Important Ways to Protect Your Identity and Privacy on Facebook
- Unless you have a good reason not to, use the “Friends Only” privacy setting
- Turn on Secure Browsing
- Secure your account
- Take a look at what others see when they see you and decide if you want search engines to find your profile.
- Turn off Instant Personalization and audit your apps
- Watch where you click
- Decide if you want your name and image to appear in Facebook ads.
- Start using Facebook lists.