How to Protect Your Facebook Account

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There are many things you can and should do keep your account safe. If you want perfect security, follow every guideline below.

  • Never use any ordinary word as a password. Not even words in languages other than English.
  • Don't think p4ssw0rds like th1s wr1tt3n in l33t text w1ll pr0tect you. 😉
  • Never use the same password on multiple websites.
  • Use a password longer than 16 characters.
  • Combine lowercase, uppercase letters with digits and symbols.
  • Never use info which can be associated with you in the password. Example of such info are birthdays, family birthdays, place of birth, phone number, car you drive, etc...
  • Try and make it memorable to you, and only you.
  • Always make sure that the communication between you and a website is encrypted (uses SSL, the https protocol with a trusted certificate).
  • Use 2-factor authentication.
  • Avoid logging in to Facebook on computers in internet cafés.
  • Always make sure to log out after you are done using your account.
  • Make sure that the email address associated with your Facebook account is also secure.
  • Secure your phone.

Here are a few examples of memorable strong passwords:

  • Y0uMak3melooKBad;( - Long, memorable and strong.
  • +yUdoDisT0m3e3e3- - Long, memorable and strong.
  • RulE#95Kid;Concentrat3 - Long, memorable and strong.
  • Fun fact: Most people who read this will not change their password.

    Following all of the guidelines listed above will deter almost all threats to your account security. However, if you feel like there's still more you can do, make sure to consult the latest security tips from Facebook.