Facebook Security Settings Guide For Web Browser

You may instead want to read the security guide if you are using Facebook on the mobile app
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In this guide we will demonstrate step-by-step how to go through all the detailed stages on making your Facebook account truly secure.

 

Regardless of if you are setting up a new account or wanting to make changes to a current account, follow these steps right from the beginning.

 

If you are setting up a new account, once you have signed up for your account, and before you upload anything, let’s go into your settings and change some privacy options. It is better to upload information to your account after you make sure the information you upload is private in the first place.

 

In this walkthrough, we are starting with a fresh new account. If you are looking to change the settings on an account that you have used for a long time, that’s ok! All the setting are the same.

Step 1

When logged into your Facebook account, begin by select the down arrow in the top right corner.

Step 2

Select “Settings” from the pop down menu.

Step 3

From your general settings page, navigate to “Security and Login.”

Step 4

We will be spending the entirety of this guide in this settings area.

Step 5

The first section to look at is “Where You’re Logged In.” The data present here informs you on what device you are currently logged in to your Facebook account with. If you have any concern someone has remotely hacked your account, take a look here. To remotely log your account off of a particular device, select the options icon (three vertical dots). 

Step 6

You can report a device as being unauthorized, or simply remotely log out.

Step 7

The first and strongest account security feature you need to implement is a strong password.

Step 8

Review your current password and ensure you have at least 6 characters in your password with at least one number (12345), uppercase (ABCD), lowercase (abcd), and symbol (#$%@).

Step 9

We recommend to not use Facebook’s “Log in with your profile picture” future. Make sure it is turned off. Select the “edit” button.

Step 10

Select “Turn off profile picture login.”

Step 11

One of the best security features you can use on any account is two-factor authentication. Select “edit” next to “Use two-factor authentication.”

Step 12

Select “Get Started.”

 

Two-factor authentication (2FA) will send a verification code when an attempt is made to log into your account from a new device or location. You will need to provide both your password and a unique code sent to you. You will not need to enter a 2FA code every time you log into your account.

Step 13

You will need to enter your password to confirm that it is indeed you who is accessing your account.

Step 14

There are two ways you can use two-factor authentication: text message or an authentication app. This guide will show you both ways, first text. Step 21 for “Authentication App.”

 

IF YOU SHARE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT USE AN AUTHENTICATION APP.

 

Select “Text Message” and then the “Next” button.

Step 15

Enter your phone number and then select “Next.”

Step 16

You will then get a text sent to your phone. Enter the code in the text on screen, then select “Next.”

Step 17

Select “Finish.”

Step 18

In the rare case you may not have your phone and need to access your Facebook account, setup “Recovery Codes.” These are one-time codes you can use instead of getting a text message. Having these are good if you lose your phone, break it, or get a new phone number and need access to your Facebook account.

Step 19

If this is not your first time setting up recovery codes, you may already see a list of codes (step 20). Select “Get Codes.”

Step 20

Copy, screenshot, write down, and print these codes then place them in a safe place for if you may need them one day.

Step 21

You can also use an authentication app instead of texts. This is recommended if you share a Facebook account with anyone else.

Step 22

You can scan the QR code (left) or enter the code manually (right). See the next steps on how these work.

Step 23

We at The White Hatter Team like using the Google Authenticator app, but you can use another if you prefer. For this app to add another account, select the plus (+) icon.

Step 24

Here is your choice to scan the QR code or manually enter. The QR code is easier.

Step 25

If scanning the QR code, aim your camera so the QR is in the green box (left).

 

If you are entering the code manually, follow the instructions (right).

Step 26

Once your account is connected to the app, the 6-digit code will change every minute. If you are prompted for two-factor authentication when logging into your Facebook account, enter the current code.

Step 27

You will be asked after you setup your Facebook account by the Authenticator app to enter the current code.

Step 28

Make sure you have security alerts enabled on your account. Select the “Edit” button next to “Get alerts about unrecognized logins”

Step 29

Ensure you have “Get notifications” on for each alert method.

Step 30

In case you get locked out of your account, you can preselect 3-5 friends to help you log into your account.

Step 31

You will have a pop-up box describing what this setting does. Select “Choose Trusted Contacts.”

Step 32

Enter the names of a minimum of 3 friend in your friends list, then select “Confirm.”

Step 33

The last option in this guide is just for reference. If you ever get an email from Facebook you think is fake, you can go to the “See recent emails from Facebook settings.” This will list all the official Facebook emails that were sent to you. Select “view.”

Step 34

Here you can view all the Facebook emails sent to your email account.

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