What Facebook says to do to secure your Facebook account


Facebook-SecurityWhat can I do to keep my account secure?

Here are a few things you can do to keep your account safe:

  • Think before you click. Never click suspicious links, even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (ex: in a chat or post) or in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam they could accidentally send you that spam or tag you in a spammy post. You also shouldn’t download things (ex: a .exe file) if you aren’t sure what they are. Learn more about recognizing suspicious emails.
  • Pick a unique, strong password. Use combinations of at least six letters, numbers and punctuation marks and don’t use this password for any of your other accounts. You can also use a password safe like LastPass, KeePass or 1Password to set and remember unique passwords for your account. Learn how to change your password.
  • Never give out your login info (ex: email address and password). Sometimes people or pages will promise you something (ex: free poker chips) if you share your login info with them. These types of deals are carried out by cybercriminals and violate the Facebook Terms. If you’re ever asked to re-enter your password on Facebook (ex: you’re making changes to your account settings) check to make sure the address of the page still has facebook.com/ in the URL.
  • Log in at www.facebook.com. Sometimes scammers will set up a fake page to look like a Facebook login page, hoping to get you to enter your email address and password. Make sure you check the page’s URL (web address) before you enter your login info. When in doubt, you can always type facebook.com into your browser to get back to the real Facebook.
  • Update your browser. The newest versions of internet browsers have built in security protections. For example, they might be able to warn you if you’re about to go to a suspected phishing site. Facebook supports:

  • Run anti-virus software to protect yourself from viruses and malware. You can learn more and download this software for free: