Facebook has a lot of data on you and it’s imperative that all that personal information stays private and secure. So here’s a handy guide to protect your privacy and help you stay secure on the giant social media network.
Before we begin, most of these settings are best accessed from the website as some of the settings include a lot of information. Links will be included for easier access.
Use a Strong Password
It’s time to stop using dumb passwords. Go to Facebook’s settings page and change your password here
You can create a strong password that has a minimum of 12 characters, includes numbers, symbols, capital letters, lower-case letters, isn’t a dictionary word or combination of dictionary words plus doesn’t rely on obvious substitutions.
It’s has been made easier by password generators free on the internet such as strongpasswordgenerator.com and passwordgenerator.net. What I usually do is after they have generated one for me, I go ahead and modify it to make it easy to remember.
Password managers also create for you strong passwords. LastPass has a tool for that and you don’t have to create an account with them. Dashlane too, although you’ll have to create an account with them.
These tools will not only create a strong password for you, but they can also manage the passwords for you for different accounts so that you don’t have to use the same password for your other accounts.
Some browsers like Chrome also do handle password management tool for not only current accounts but also new accounts. It even has password checker that is a service that examines a user’s saved passwords if they have been compromised in any way.
Another way is through the passphrase/Diceware method. This method suggests choosing 6 or more random words and joining them together to create a passphrase which then becomes your password.