Facebook Security Settings Guide For Mobile App
You may instead want to read the privacy guide if you are using Facebook on a computer web browser
To begin, select the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner.
Select “Settings & Privacy.”
From your general settings page, navigate to “Security and Login.”
You can report a device as being unauthorized, or simply remotely log out.
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 (#$%@).
Select “Turn off profile picture login” if you see it. If nothing appears, then this setting is not enabled.
Select “Get Started.”
Two-factor authentication (2FA) will send a verification code when an attempt is made to log in to 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.
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.
IF YOU SHARE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT USE AN AUTHENTICATION APP.
Select “Text Message.”
If the app detects a different phone number or no number at all enter your phone number or a different number (2).
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 your Facebook account.
Copy, screenshot, write down, and print these codes and put them in a safe place for if you may need them one day.
“Set up on same device.” See the next steps on how this works. (Assuming you are not setting all this up on a different device. If you are, then scan the QR code).
We like using the Google Authenticator app and it will open automatically and prompt you if you want to connect your Facebook account.
You will be asked after you setup your Facebook account by the Authenticator app to enter the current code.
Make sure you have security alerts enabled on your account. Select “Get alerts about unrecognized logins.”
In the case that you get locked out of your account, you can preselect 3-5 friends to help you log into your account.
Enter the names of a minimum of 3 friend in your friends list, then select “Confirm.”
Here you can view all the Facebook emails sent to your email account.
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We will be spending the entirety of this guide in this settings area.
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).
The first and strongest account security feature you need to implement is a strong password.
We recommend to not use Facebook’s “Log in with your profile picture” future. Make sure it is turned off. Select the “edit” button.
One of the best security features you can use on any account is two-factor authentication. Select “edit” beside “Use two-factor authentication.”
You will need to enter your password to confirm you it is you who is accessing your account.
You will then get a text sent to your phone. Enter the code in the text on screen, then select “Next.”
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If this is not your first time setting up recovery codes, you may already see a list of codes. Select “Get Codes.”
You can also use an authentication app instead of texts. This is recommended if you share a Facebook account with anyone else.
We like using the Google Authenticator app. Ensure you have the app downloaded or something else similar.
Select “Open” when you are ready to connect your Facebook account to the Google Authenticator app.
Once your account is connected to the app, the 6-digit code will change every minute. If you are prompted when logging into your Facebook account for two-factor authentication, enter the current code.
Ensure you have “Get notifications” enabled for each alert method.
You will have a pop-up box describing what this setting does. Select “Choose Trusted Contacts.”
The last option in this guide is just for reference. If you ever get an email from Facebook that you think is fake, you can go to the “See recent emails from Facebook” setting. This will list all the official Facebook emails that were sent to you. Select “view.”