1. Do Not using Facebook to Login to other Apps
I know it’s convenient, but it’s always better to log in to your apps with a unique log in rather than through a Facebook token. Loads of apps, from language learning apps to fitness apps, will let you log in via Facebook – but this puts all of your accounts at risk. Not only that, but using Facebook to log in to third party apps that have nothing to do with the platform gives Facebook another way to collect your personal data: your interests, your habits, what you buy and when, as well as all that additional info you might choose to share in specific apps outside of Facebook.
Instead, use your email address and password to sign into all of your apps where possible, so that if you’re unlucky enough to have your Facebook hacked again, your other accounts are still secure.
2. Be wise when allowing access to third party apps.
As another preventative measure, you might also want to evaluate how secure the apps you’re using are. Your data is both precious and, as we’ve seen in recent years, very vulnerable – so be selective about who you share your data with.
You should only allow third party access to your Facebook when it is absolutely necessary, as low-quality apps can be flawed, allowing hackers to access your data via that app. Ultimately, if an app or website looks a bit suspicious, do your research before using it.
3. Change your password (everywhere)
If you are unfortunate enough to fall prey to a Facebook hack, changing your password isn’t going to solve all your problems, but it’s a good start. This is especially true if you use the same password across multiple accounts (which probably isn’t a great idea!).
Stick to the classic method of choosing a number of complex passwords made of of a mix of numbers and letters, or use a password management tool such as LastPass or Dashlane. Using a password management tool means you only need to remember one master password to log in to all of your accounts. Some will even generate passwords for you, so there’s no specific password for the hackers to steal. Of course, there are always risks using tools like this, but on the whole it’s a much safer way to store your passwords.
4. Enable two-factor authentication
Enabling two-factor authentication will send a unique code to your mobile that you will have to enter (in addition to your password) whenever you login to Facebook. So even if someone is trying to log into your account, they shouldn’t be able to without access to your phone. This is such an easy way to secure your Facebook account – it’s just a matter of a few clicks. Go to Settings → Security and Login → Two-factor authentication → Edit → Turn it on! That’s it
5. Turn on Facebook Login notifications
If someone logs into your account from an unrecognized device or browser, you can get a notification sent directly to your phone, email, and/or Facebook Messenger. Turn these notifications on in Facebook’s Security and Login page.
Go to Settings → Security and Login → Setting up Extra Security → Get alerts about unrecognized logins. Then just select your preferences, add your email address and phone number if it’s not already there, and save the changes. If and when you get notified of an unauthorized login attempt, be sure to change your password