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Tips on securing your Facebook account

May 29, 2011

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► Change the security settings to allow log-on notifications whenever a new device is used to access your account. That means you’ll get a message if you — or someone else — logs onto your account from an unfamiliar computer. To enable log-on notifications, go to the drop-down box under Account on the upper right hand corner of your Facebook home page.

► Don’t click on strange links, even if they’re posted by friends.

► Use Facebook’s new “mark as spam’’ button to flag suspicious posts. This helps the company identify and block potential scams. “Mark as spam’’ becomes visible when you left-click on the “X’’ button next to each post.

► Don’t download any applications to Facebook that you aren’t certain about.

► If you’re logging on over an unsecured network — like in a hotel or airport — use your cellphone to text “otp’’ to 32665 to receive a password that is valid for a single log-on. Hackers often retrieve users’ regular passwords over unsecured networks, so it’s best to use a one-time-only log-on under such circumstances.

► If you believe your Facebook account has been hacked, go to www.facebook.com/hacked to secure it. — SOURCE: Facebook