Official Guide To Facebook Security – Protecting Your Facebook Accounts from Scammers

It looks like the Facebook Security team have started to take scam messages and phishing attacks seriously. They have come up with a 14 pages long document called Guide To Facebook Securitywhich will help its users understand the social network’s security features and possible ways to protect  their  account from threats like malware and phishing attacks. It also includes tips on how users can avoid click-jacking and like-jacking scam messages and scam apps.

The 14-page guide was authored by three key persons, the former Senior Director of Internet Safety at Symantec Linda McCarthy, Purdue University security researcher Keith Watson, and teacher/editor Denise Weldon-Siviy.

The authors state – “This guide is all about empowering you to Own Your Space — to understand what Facebook is doing to make the site safe and secure and to take the actions that are needed in this new digital world to protect yourself and your account,”

Guide To Facebook Security

Here are the top tips for Staying Secure on Facebook provided by the Facebook Security team –

  • Only Friend people you know.
  • Create a good password and use it only for Facebook. Don’t share it with anyone and change it on a regular basis.
  • Share your personal information only with people and companies that need it.
  • Log into Facebook only ONCE each session. If it looks like Facebook is asking you to log in a second time, skip the links and directly type into your browser address bar.
  • Log out of Facebook after using someone else’s computer.
  • Use secure browsing whenever possible.
  • Only download Apps from sites you trust.
  • Don’t paste script (code) in your browser address bar.
  • Use browser add-ons like Web of Trust and Firefox’s NoScript to keep your account from being hijacked.
  • Beware of goofyposts from anyone—even Friends. If it looks like something your Friend wouldn’t post, don’t click on it.
  • Scammers might hack your Friends’ accounts and send links from their accounts. Beware of enticing links coming from your Friends.

The document is a Creative Commons licensing,  and is available for free! You can  download  your copy from the  Facebook Security Page.

Additionally, the document elucidates how to avoid scammers, and configure advanced security features, like HTTPS encryption, one-time passwords, log-in notifications and recovering a hacked account. It is a must read to every user on Facebook. Especially the ones who are always tricked by scammers.

However, I wonder if this would stop users from clicking/spreading scam messages. I personally feel that Facebook needs to come with a strong way on how they themselves can prevent scams from spreading, rather than educating users with tips and relying on them to put an end to scam messages.

We have 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. Here’s an article on how you can  Identify and Avoid  Facebook scams.

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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.