1) Protect your profile picture.
Your profile picture is used as a primary tool for identification on social media. Trouble is, anyone can create a fake Facebook account using your name and even your actual profile picture. To stop this from happening, Facebook has added a feature called ‘Profile picture guard’. Open your Facebook profile and click on the current profile picture (don’t click on ‘Update profile picture’). When the profile picture opens up, click on options at the bottom of the image and select ‘Turn on profile picture guard’. A blue shield will appear on your picture and no one will be able to share or download it anymore.
2) Make your friends authenticators
If Facebook detects an unrecognised login or hacking attempt, it will lock down your account, and you wouldn’t be able to access it. The process to regain access to your account used to be a long one and complicated one, but now Facebook allows you to simply choose up to five trusted friends who can help you regain access to your account. Go to Settings Security and login Choose friends to contact, and select at least three people from your friend list. If you get locked out, these friends can send you verification codes for authentication to help you regain access to your account.
3) Know which devices you use.
Under Settings Security and Login, Facebook shows a section called ‘Where you’re logged in’. This section lists all the devices (laptop, phone, tablet etc.) on which you have logged in to your Facebook account. Remove any devices you don’t recognise or don’t have access to anymore. If you’re unsure of the status of certain devices, we recommend that you use the ‘Log out of all sessions’ option, and log in afresh. This will ensure no one else has access to your Facebook account.
4) View all your information
When you open your Facebook account settings, you will notice a new menu item on the left – ‘Your Facebook information’. Facebook has consolidated access to all of your information on a single page. You can view information about you by category (posts, photos, comments, likes, etc.) and download any information you want. You can even view and manage your activity log from this page and control which of your activities appear on your friends’ timelines.
5) Manage your Facebook data
In the Facebook Information page, you also have a shortcut to ‘Manage your data’. When you access this feature, you need to select if you want to manage data on Facebook or Instagram. For Facebook, you get advanced control on how and where Facebook uses any of your data. You can manage your location data, control contacts uploaded to Facebook, face recognition setting, ad preference and various other features.
6) Control your third party login
The majority of websites and apps give you the option to log in using your Facebook account instead of creating a new account from scratch. While this makes things easier, we often forget to revoke Facebook access for these third-party apps and websites when we stop using them. Head to Settings Apps and websites. You will see a list of all the active apps and websites that have access to your Facebook account. You can choose the apps you want to remove from the list, as well as delete any posts that a particular app or website might have published on your behalf.