How to Protect Yourself on Facebook

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Facebook recently published an extensive security guide aimed for young adults, parents, and educators. Written by top security experts Linda McCarthy, Keith Watson, and Denise Weldon-Siviy, the guide explains the most common threats and advices how to deal with them in only 20 pages.

Find the entire guide “A Guide to Facebook Security – For Young Adults, Parents, and Educators” on Facebook’s Security Page, and read the top tips below.

Top tips to stay safe on Facebook:

  • Only Friend people you know.
  • Create a good password and use it only for Facebook.
  • Don’t share your password.
  • Change your password 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 www.facebook.com into your browser address bar.
  • Use a one-time password when using someone else’s computer.
  • Log out of Facebook after using someone else’s computer.
  • Use secure browsing whenever possible.
  • Only download Apps from sites you trust.
  • Keep your anti-virus software updated.
  • Keep your browser and other applications up to date.
  • 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 “goofy” posts 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.

WOT’s pleased to be on the list! The guide suggests all Facebook users adopt the mantra: Stop. Think. Connect. We’re in: Stop, think, connect… Stop, think, connect… Stop, think, connect…

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