How to secure your Facebook account. Social media accounts like Facebook hold a lot of personal details about us, so it’s very important to keep them locked down and secure from hackers.
In this guide to Facebook security, we’ll setup two-factor authentication, see how it works, setup Facebook recovery options in case it doesn’t, and then see how to use them to get back into your account.
If you were looking for the Facebook privacy settings click Facebook Privacy Settings
- Set Up 2 Factor Authentication To Secure Your Facebook Account.
- 2 Factor Authentication By Text Message (SMS).
- Facebook Two-Factor Authentication Using An Authenticator App.
- Turn On Alerts.
- What’s Going To Happen When You’ve Enabled 2 Factor Authentication On Your Facebook Account?
- Facebook Account Security Alert.
Set Up 2 Factor Authentication To Secure Your Facebook Account.
Facebook makes it easy to secure your account using 2FA. You’ll need your mobile phone at the ready, charged up, connected to a network and close to hand.
To set up 2 factor authentication on your Facebook account, log in as usual.
Whichever you clicked, a menu will open. On the menu click SETTINGS AND PRIVACY.
A second menu opens. Click SETTINGS.
On the Facebook General Account Settings page click PRIVACY in the left hand panel.
Then click “Check a few important settings“.
How To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure.
On Facebook’s Privacy Checkup page, click the “How to keep your account secure” box.
The “How to keep your account secure” splash screen appears.
Facebook will offer you some advice on the strength of your current password.
Anything less than OK should be changed. As you can see, I’m OK.
Click the CONTINUE button.
Your Facebook account password. Did they say it was OK or better? Do you want to change it?
If you do, click the CHANGE PASSWORD button.
If you’re sticking with the one you have, click the NEXT button.
If you clicked CHANGE PASSWORD, then type your new one into the boxes provided, and then click the NEXT button.
Use Two Factor Authentication To Secure Your Facebook Account.
To secure your Facebook account beyond just using a strong password, you can setup two factor authentication (2FA).
Facebook allows you to use either Text Messages (SMS) sent to your mobile phone, an authenticator app on your phone, or a security key.
In this guide we’ll stick to using your phone to authenticate. That’s because the way in which security keys work varies considerably. And besides, if you’re using one, then you probably already know how to set it up.
To set up two-factor authentication on Facebook, click the GET STARTED button.
2 Factor Authentication By Text Message (SMS).
To set up 2FA using text messages, select the Text Message (SMS) option. Then scroll down the page and click CONTINUE.
Type in the phone number that you want to use.
Make sure your phone is charged up, switched on, connected and near to hand because Facebook will be sending you a text message after you click the CONTINUE button.
Told you so.
After a few seconds, you should receive a text message from Facebook.
It’ll have a 6 digit code number. Type the code number into the boxes and click the CONTINUE button.
Once Facebook has verified the code number you entered, you’re all done, 2 factor authentication by text messaging is all set up and ready to go.
Click the DONE button.
Do you want Facebook to use your phone number for advertising etc.
I’ll leave it to you, but click NOT NOW.
Facebook Two-Factor Authentication Using An Authenticator App.
If you’ve got an authenticator app already set up, then you can use that instead of text messaging. Using an authenticator app, it’s very easy to set up 2FA on Facebook.
To use an authenticator app to secure your Facebook account, select the AUTHENTICATION APP option. Then scroll down the page and click the CONTINUE button.
Next, you’ll need to scan in the QR code.
Click the CONTINUE button when ready.
Then refer to your authenticator app for the code.
Enter it into the boxes provided.
And you’re done. Two factor authentication using your app is all set up for Facebook.
Turn On Alerts.
After you’ve set up your 2-factor authentication, the next section involves how Facebook should let you know that someone has logged into your account.
Do you want to be alerted every time someone tries to log into your Facebook account? I’d say yes. After all, you’re trying to secure your Facebook account here, why wouldn’t you want to be notified.
If the alert is for your own activity, fine, you can just ignore it. But if someone is accessing your Facebook account, then turning on the alerts should help you spot the miscreant.
Choose which of the three methods you’d like Facebook to use to alert you when someone signs in to your account.
Or click TURN ON ALL to have all three turned on, then click the NEXT button.
Now you’re all done. You’ve set up two-factor authentication (either by text or authenticator app) and also turned on alerts for when your account is signed in to.
What’s Going To Happen When You’ve Enabled 2 Factor Authentication On Your Facebook Account?
Now that you’ve turned on two factor authentication (either by text or app) and you’ve set up your alerts, you’ve pretty much secured your Facebook account.
But what happens next? What happens when you sign into your Facebook account?
When you try to log into your Facebook account, you’ll enter your username and password as usual.
But instead of going straight into your account, you’ll be challenged to provide a 6 digit code number.
You’ll get the code number from either a text message sent to your phone or from the authenticator app you’ve chosen to use.
Simply type in the code number and click the CONTINUE button.
Having correctly entered the required code number, Facebook will then ask you if you want it to remember the browser your using.
Select either SAVE BROWSER or DON’T SAVE and then click CONTINUE.
If you save the browser, then in future, Facebook won’t ask for the code number when you use this browser. You’d normally select this option on your own computers.
If you select Don’t Save, then every time you try to log in to your account using this browser, Facebook will ask (require) a new code number to be entered. You’d normally select this option if you’re using someone else’s computer or maybe a shared computer.
Facebook Account Security Alert.
Whenever you’re challenged for an authentication code number, Facebook will alert (notify) you.
When you’ve logged in to your Facebook account, you’ll notice that you’ve got a new notification.
Click the notification bell.
“We’ve noticed an unusual login from a device or location you don’t usually use”.
Click the message.
Now you can check the alert.
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