A-MUST-READ FOR YOUR ONLINE SAFETY
Hey guys. Some time ago, I used to be stubbornly ignorant of ‘2-factor authentication’.
One reason was that it had an unnecessarily long word, and the other reason was that I figured it would add an inconvenient extra step to my login process. Well, I later learnt that my stubbornness was unfounded.
2-factor authentication on Facebook means that for every log in an attempt made on your account, you’ll receive an SMS and/or email asking you to confirm that login attempt.
This means that hackers cannot take control of your online accounts anymore by just using just a password. So, if like me you’ve been dodging 2-factor authentication, I can tell you from experience that it doesn’t bite. Please turn it on for your own safety. Inconvenience yourself just a little bit in exchange for your peace of mind.
In summary, here are a few Facebook account security tips:
1. Do not click on any link sent by a person you don’t know. Even if you know them sef, look the link well-well. You might become a victim of phishing attacks (look this up). As a matter of fact, this is how 90% of hacks are done. You’d click the link and then it opens a page that looks like the normal Facebook login page. You enter your details and then your details are sent to the hacker.
2. Set up 2-factor authentication on your Facebook Account (and Gmail too).
3. On Facebook, you can select a few friends who can help you recover your account in case of any eventuality. This can come in handy.
4. In your security settings, you can see the locations and devices you’re signed in on. Review these periodically.
5. Stop patronizing cybercafes. There is a software called ‘keyloggers’ which are sometimes deliberately installed on the computers, not necessarily by management, but by idiots waiting to use the computer after you so they can steal your login details and even credit card info. This also applies to those of you who are so trusting as to sign in to your accounts on someone else’s personal computer. You cannot simply go and visit a friend and ask to use their computer. Buy your own. There’s another layer to this even. Someone who has regular access to your computer can install a keylogger on your computer and come back later to harvest your data with your permission of course.
6. Be careful of all these unnecessary Facebook Quizzes. All those ‘take this test to know how many children you will bear’, you know them.