How-To Video: Securing Facebook

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Facebook’s active-user count is rapidly approaching one billion. The world’s largest social network, which has long been a popular target and platform for attackers, will only become a more relevant outlet for scams and other fraud as it continues to grow.

Facebook’s active-user count is rapidly approaching one billion. The world’s largest social network, which has long been a popular target and platform for attackers, will only become a more relevant outlet for scams and other fraud as it continues to grow. While the target grows, so too does the need to secure our accounts. With that in mind, we will discuss some simple ways of bolstering the security of our Facebook accounts in the second installment of our how-to video series.

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  • CheleBellieBean on

    Strong and unique passwords are key to protecting ourselves. I've learned that the hard way.

    I can't keep track of all of mine in my head so I use a password manager that randomly generates the passwords I need and stores them securely for me. I've tried a few but I've found one I really like, kemesa.com.  This is working out pretty well for me.

    It also gives me a virtual email address that goes just with that password.

  • Mark Townsend on

    Good video. It covered a lot of essential topics. May I make a suggestion?

    It would be helpful to have a set of bullets at the intro to talk about what you are showing and help the user understand the benefit of each module. While I use each of these features, not everyone will. If they understand the ala carte approach, they can choose what they are comfortable with.

    For example, I recommend to people that they turn on notify of new devices if they are concerned about unapproved access - but then I show them how to see the currently attached devices. Simply turning on notify new devices doesn't help if someone has already accessed their account. It's a current device.

    I think this is great - I'm glad Threatpost is stepping up and doing them!

    Cheers!

  • jamminson66 on

    Why is it when I select secure browsing then none of the pics will show up.  They will just have a Red X in the upper left hand corner of the picture.  Is their a way around that?

  • redstorm_ on

    Good tips.  Personally, I don't trust FB enough to even establish an account but maybe when your next article comes out on how to best establish a "private" account I might...naaa, doubt it ;-)  I did forward these tips on to friends and family who do use it regularly...the trick is getting them to take security seriously but most are adults and know not to post sensitive things....it's the children we worry about....this will help...

  • Anonymous on

    Does anyone know where I can find some pedigree info on kemesa.com? I see they're selling a Shop Shield product, and that they appear to be based out of Salt Lake City, but nothing else about whether they've been audited for security, who they are, why I should trust them when they say that passwords are encrypted before they reach Kemesa (obviously they can be unencrypted or they wouldn't be able to pass them to third party websites when you login)...
  • Nick on

    nonononononono

    Not random - not mising capitals and numbers - that isnt more secure & people will forget it.

    No - length is more secure. Think of long long multi word passwords - eg orangefacebluehairmaggot

    easy to remember, very secure. This is basic stuff people...

  • Anonymous on

    pretty good at laying down the fundamentals. the one thing i would add to that is to create your own security question. once it's set it cannot be changed. this allows any deviant user to effectively create a backdoor to your account. it's actually better than a password. due to this weakness i would advise using the same guidelines as when constructing a password. this foils many social engineering. i would advise logging out of Facebook when done. this can be done either by manually logging out of Facebook after session completion, or just not clicking on the remember password. with all these tips your Facebook account will be exponentially more secure.

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