Miscellaneous Security and Privacy tips and tricks – Part 4 of Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

Miscellaneous Facebook Security and Privacy tips and tricks

Part 4 of Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

When you use Facebook, in addition to the privacy settings mentioned in this primer, there are some other things to consider.

As you access Facebook.com from home, a coffee shop, or the office, use https instead of http when entering the URL. This will add an extra layer or protection, and since the SSL certificate is an EV (Extended Validation) one, you will know you are on Facebook.com by the fact that the address bar in the browser will change colors.

When clicking on links that are reported to belong to Facebook, never go by looks alone. Always ensure that the URL is www.facebook.com and not something that looks like Facebook.com.cn. The entire Facebook platform will only run from facebook.com and never from a sub-domain or within another domains directory, such as random-malicious-domain.com/Facebook.

Under the Settings menu we discussed earlier, check the Applications Settings regularly and clean out those you’re not using. You can remove them by clicking the ‘X’ next to the application name. There is a dropdown with the option to view Granted Additional Permissions, this is the view you would want to use to clean out old applications.

When posting photos or notes, check the permissions levels and ensure that they are aligned with your profile privacy settings. This means if your profile is set to Only Friends, setting a photo of yourself or a note to Everyone will allow those who are not friends to view them.

Change your Facebook password often, and never use a password that is close to or an exact match of a password used for financial transactions online (PayPal, banking, Google checkout, etc.), nor should the password be the same as any email account.

When it comes to the secret question, pick a phrase that no one would know, something that cannot be guessed, and use it as the answer. In short, lie and say that the name of your first pet was “river rats in a showboat on the Mississippi” as an example.

Under the Privacy settings menu, you have the option to block users on Facebook. This is a handy way to deal with stalkers, harassment, and Spammers. This is in addition to actually reporting the person to Facebook at abuse@facebook.com.


Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

1: Basic Privacy Management

2: Contact Information and Search Related Privacy Management

3: Application Privacy

4: Miscellaneous Facebook Security and Privacy tips and tricks

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