October 7, 2011 | 4 Comments
While nothing can make your Facebook account totally hack-proof, there are many things you can do to reduce the chances of something unfortunate happening with it. Chief among these is password protection. Your password is pretty much the only thing that stands between your Facebook data and the rest of the world. Take action now, before anything goes wrong.
Tips to Create a Good Facebook Login Password
- Create a strong password. Generally, the longer it is, the harder to crack. Passwords less than 8 characters long are too short.
- Combine letters, numbers and punctuation marks. But use them in a way that is meaningful to you.
- Mix uppercase and lowercase letters. This makes them tougher to crack.
- Double-check the keyboard settings. Make sure CAPS is turned off.
- Do not just use a word from the dictionary, not even a foreign language.
- Do not use the same password for all your accounts. I think it is okay though, to use a similar password “structure.” (Though if one of your accounts gets compromised, this may affect the security of the others too.)
- Make sure all keys on the keyboard are functional when you set your password. Otherwise you might skip a letter or double-type a letter without knowing it. (Then the password as you intended it wouldn’t work.)
Tips to to Not Forget Your Facebook Password
- Be careful about using random combination of characters that you can’t remember easily. If you need to look at a written passwords list each time you log in to Facebook, you’re in danger. What if you lose that note or it gets stolen? If you choose to do this, use a password manager (see below) to keep your passwords safely.
- Beware of saving your password in your Web browser. If you do, you stand a good chance of forgetting it. However if you are concerned about keylogging, use a secure password manager.
- Log in regularly. If you use or do something everyday, you won’t forget it.
- Choose a memorable and meaningful password. But make sure it has meaning for you, not another.
- Do not craft an overly complex password. Not one that you will forget in 15 minutes. Again, a password manager can automatically enter this for you, but be mindful of the risks.
Tips to Protect Your Facebook Password
- Change passwords regularly.
- Change your password as soon as you suspect your Facebook account may have been compromised.
- Do not use as a password any detail that is known to others or can be found in your Facebook profile. Conversely, do not drop hints that can betray the passwords you use, such as your favorite number, favorite quote, etc.
- Do not log in to your Facebook from a computer that may be unsafe.
- Do not click a link in an email or instant message to claiming to take you to the Facebook login page. Type “www.facebook.com/” directly in your browser.
- Double-check the spelling of the Facebook address before you log in.
- Clear the cache and log out after using a shared computer.
- Do not share your password with others.
- If you write your password down, put the record in a safe place such as a fireproof safe that you keep locked.
- Use a one-time password when you need to log in to Facebook from another computer.
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