How to Prevent Your Facebook Account from Getting Hacked
By on August 23rd, 2011

Revealing saved Facebook passwords

Difficulty Level: Easy

This is the most common method and I’m sure every user will know this. When you’re accessing Facebook (or any other account that requires a login) on public computers (like cyber center), then make sure that you don’t save the password or select the Remember Meoption. Doing so will put your account into potential threat and can be hacked by anyone.

How to prevent your Facebook account from being hacked?

There is one simple rule – Do not click on any links on Facebook. However, follow these tips in order to prevent your account from being hacked -

  • Avoid clicking on short URLs. If you really want to see where the URL leads to, then try using http://longurl.org/  to expand the URL.
    Secure Facebook
  • Avoid strange messages sent to you by your friends. If you feel that the message is inappropriate, then you always have an option to ask your friends and verify it.
  • If you receive messages sent by a user who is not on your friends list, then check for any links and read tip 1.
  • Minimize the use of applications on Facebook. They’re quite useless.
  • If you are asked to grant permissions after clicking on a link, then make sure that you are granting permission to the right application. You can always revoke permissions by going to Account > Account Settings > Applications
  • Download antispyware tools like Spyware Doctor to secure you PC against privacy threats.
  • Bookmark  Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

I recommend you to go through the official document released by Facebook, which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can  download  a copy of it from the  Facebook Security Page.

We have also compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. Don’t forget to share this post with your  friends  and  alert  them about the scam.

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Author: Joel Fernandes Google Profile for Joel Fernandes
Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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