Thanks for dropping by! In this session we’ll go through Security and Login. A key component not everyone does completely after signing up for a personal or business Facebook account. My take on these settings may not reflect others’ opinions but what we promised from G First was a real world, easy to understand approach for the everyday Facebook user to get more secure than they might be right now. I’ll be using my own settings as examples and I am not sanctioned by Facebook in any way, this is simply our opinions on various settings for which we have not been hacked and my data was not harvested in the recent Cambridge Analytica outbreak that targeted Facebook users and their friends.
For this post we’ll go through this section and talk about each setting so grab a cup of Joe, hunker down with your favorite computer and let’s dive in.
Please log in to Facebook (FB).
Now that we’re logged in, to the right of the question mark in the upper right area of the screen, click on the down arrow to display the following menu and click on Settings:
You’ll find yourself here and you’ll click on Security and Login on the left menu. Take a look at this image to refer to for the rest of the navigation through this post.
The first section at the very top of the screen is to nominate 3-5 friends to contact if you get locked out. I don’t trust this and it is simply adding a level of data mining since I am purposefully identifying these people as trusted contacts. I recommend simply not forgetting your password instead. As we have seen recently, FB is now more important than just playing games or chatting/sharing with your friends. Treat it like you would your banking password. I am sure you don’t forget that one! Some may disagree, but it saves your friends from getting their data harvested when yours may.
The second section lists Where You’re Logged In. Not a bad place to check once in a while. I am currently logged in on my laptop and my phone. It shows both. If I was logged in on those devices and saw a third device in another state or country that I’m not located in or familiar with, I would know there was a problem. Then, I could click on the three vertical dots on the right hand side of that option and select Log Out. Doing this will Log Out the other person and then I would change my password immediately.
The third section is your first line of defense. Login. It clearly states to use a strong password that you’re not using elsewhere. With the latest news we’re hearing, I am changing mine to be more secure. I suggest you do too.
Example: your current password might be Passw0rd! It’s okay, but you might also be using that same password for Amazon and Netflix for example. FB is now at the level it needs to have its own password, separate from other passwords you may use. So I’d change it to P@5$w0rD!S@f3. Experiment with something that’s easy to type but certainly include random characters and by all means, don’t use my example! Here’s something that I would feel comfortable with using although, no, it’s not my real password. Make up your own, this is just an example of a complex password.
The next item is – Login with your profile picture:
I am skeptical of this one. It’s easy and helpful, but helpful is something that makes it easy. Easy means just that. What if someone gets a hold of your profile picture? I would not enable this.
The fourth section is Setting up Extra Security.
Use two-factor authentication is great but very inconvenient. Each time you log in, you will get a text or some other notification that you define and then you enter that code each time you log in. I am not enabling this. You certainly can.
Get alerts about unrecognized logins. Absolutely. If a login occurs from a device you have not already logged in with, it will send you an alert when it happens and that’s your queue to go into these settings and look at the previously mentioned section – Where You’re Logged In, research and log them out if needed, then change your password! I enabled my cell phone number so FB sends me a text so it happens immediately rather than waiting for an email.
I hope you enjoyed this first in a series. As I stated, these are only the opinions of G First and our goal was to provide real world and understandable ideas on FB security for your own use if you choose to do so. If you wish to discuss anything you see here, you can certainly contact us and we’ll be happy to talk about your particular situation.
The next post will be about the Privacy Section. You’ll want to tune in for that one, it dives into who can see your stuff and what stuff you can see when you search. This is one important key to the congressional hearings last week.
The G First Team