Millions of people around the world use Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends. Because of this popularity, Facebook faces a significant number of hackers, fake accounts and identity theft cases. It is for this reason that Facebook has implemented new settings to ensure your safety as a user of the social network. With your desktop or laptop computer, you will need approximately five minutes to adjust the security settings of your Facebook account and thus significantly increase your peace of mind.
Part 1 of 2: Access the Security Settings Page
Step 1. Log in to Facebook
Open your favorite Internet browser on your desktop or laptop computer. Then enter "www.facebook.com" in the search bar and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. Once on the Facebook home page, enter your username and password in the fields provided. Finally, click on the button Log in.
You must be using a desktop or laptop computer to complete the steps in this article. The Facebook smartphone application does not currently allow you to modify its security settings
Step 2. Go to your settings
Once logged in, look in the top right corner of your Facebook page for a button that looks like a small dark blue triangle pointing down. Click on it to bring up a drop-down menu. Then click on the option Settings.
Step 3. Go to the Security Settings page
Look at the column on the left of the "General Account Settings" page. Just below the first link ("General") you should see the link Security. Click on it to access the page summarizing your security settings.
- Each item on the "Security Settings" page can be changed in order to increase the security of your Facebook account. To the right of each item on this page is a link To modify which you can click.
Part 2 of 2: Manage your security settings
Step 1. Edit your connection alerts
Click on To modify, to the right of this item, if you want to be alerted when someone tries to sign in to your account from a computer or mobile device you've never used before. You can then choose to be alerted via three different channels: by e-mail, by SMS or by "push" notification (an alert will then be displayed in the notification bar of your smartphone). Check the desired box (es) to receive this type of alert from Facebook.
Step 2. Set up a security code using “Connection Approval”
Click on To modify, to the right of this item, then check the box that appears on the screen if you want Facebook to ask for a security code when someone tries to access your account from an unrecognized browser.
Step 3. Use the Facebook application on your smartphone to obtain security codes using the "code generator"
Click on the button To modify, to the right of the "Code generator" element, if you wish to set up another way to obtain security codes. Leave the box unchecked if you want to disable the code generator.
By default, the message "The code generator is activated" is displayed on the screen, which means that this option is activated by default on your Facebook account
Step 4. Create special passwords using “Application Passwords”
Click on To modify, next to this item, if you want to set up special passwords to log into your applications. You will then need to use these special passwords instead of using your Facebook account password or one of your login approval codes.
Step 5. Choose 3 to 5 of your friends to make them “Trusted Contacts”
Click on To modify, next to "Trusted contacts", if you want to select friends who can help you recover your account if you are no longer able to access it.
A “popup” window will then appear on the screen allowing you to choose your trusted contact (s). You can include up to five friends in this preferred list
Step 6. Set up your "Trusted browsers"
Click on To modify, next to this item, to view the list of Internet browsers saved as the browser you currently use. You will then receive a login alert if you log into your account through an Internet browser that is not on this list of trusted browsers.
On this page, you can also remove browsers from your Trusted List that you do not want to use
Step 7. Examine the places from which you have logged in to Facebook using the “Where you are logged in” item
Click on To modify, next to this item, to review and manage the places you have logged in to Facebook from.
- If you notice a device or connection location that is unfamiliar to you, just click Stop activity in order to close the session.