Intersections’ Consumer Security Adviser, Neal O’Farrell shares some very valuable social networking safety tips today. He comments on a recently published Facebook security guide.
There is a growing collection of guides, websites, and even Facebook pages devoted to the evolving topics of Facebook security, safety and privacy; and for good reason. In spite of all Facebook's efforts to keep their users safe, Facebook is still a haven for all kinds of scammers and scams just waiting for careless or busy users to slip up.
The latest arrival is a concise 14-page guide from Facebook and authored by a team of writers with a mixed background of internet safety, online security, and teaching. It's called "Own Your Space: A Guide to Facebook Security 13 Top Tips for Staying Secure on Facebook" and you can download the complete guide from the link below. If you're not familiar with the basics of Facebook security, I strongly recommend that you download and use a copy. And especially if you have kids who are already on Facebook or plan to be soon.
Here's what the authors of the guide offer as their top tips for staying safe — print them out, keep them close, and consult them often:
- Only “Friend” people you know.
- Create a good password and use it only for Facebook.
- Don't share your password.
- Change your password on a regular basis.
- Share your personal information only with people and companies that need it.
- Log into Facebook only ONCE each session. If it looks like Facebook is asking you to log in a second time, skip the links and directly type www.facebook.com into your browser address bar.
- Use a one-time password when using someone else's computer.
- Log out of Facebook after using someone else's computer.
- Use secure browsing whenever possible.
- Only download Apps from sites you trust.
- Keep your anti-virus software updated.
- Keep your browser and other applications up to date.
- Don't paste script (code) in your browser address bar.
- Use browser add-ons like Web of Trust and Firefox's NoScript to keep your account from being hijacked.
- Beware of "goofy" posts from anyone — even Friends. If it looks like something your Friend wouldn't post, don't click on it.
- Scammers might hack your Friends' accounts and send links from their accounts. Beware of enticing links coming from your Friends.
And remember, Facebook has its own team and page dedicated to all things security.
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