One link for security is not enough, you need a chain of links to build strength!

Lets be realistic, in today’s day and age, your Facebook Profile is just the most recent tool hacked.   With all the 3rd party applications we used like birthday calendars, Mafia Wars, and Farmville, it is no wonder that there are people out there just waiting for you to take a wrong turn. It happens with credit cards, your email, your identity. Essentially anything that uses personal information can be used for malevolent reason (no one is going to hack your credit account and deposit money…). This is especially true of your Facebook Profile.   But do not fret, here are 5 things you can do to help secure your Facebook Profile!

1-Change your Facebook Setting to Secure Browsing

Facebook allows you to browse its pages via secure browsing which are visually detected by looking at the address bar and noticing the http:// portion of the address.  If it is secure, you will notice a https, if not, it will be http.   The https is equivalent to the small lock that appears on banking pages like Chase, where browsing is secure, especially when you log-in.   Though Facebook ask for permission to stop secure browsing when you use some 3rd party application, at least you become aware of the risk of using a 3rd party application. This is especially important for when you log-in at public locations like Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, etc.    Click here to set secure browsing on your Facebook Profile.

2-Change your Password Periodically.

This might be a no brainer but you’d be surprised how many people stick with the same passwords for years.  On top of that, they share it with their friends and significant others for some convenient reason yet forget to change it after a break up or a parting of ways.  Though I don’t expect you to distrust your friends and never share your password even to your mother, it is best to just change it to ensure maximum security. It is  especially when creative hackers can guess that your password is “love “using keystroke logging tools.

3-Always Log-Out!

Have you ever been at work and you logged in on Facebook (for “work” purposes) on a shared computer and when you step away and return your colleague is poking fun at a picture that was meant to be seen by just your Facebook Friends and not your Facebook Co-workers (because you are faithful to keeping Friend lists separated right?)?  It is probably because you fail to log-out after using Facebook, especially on a shared computer.  This is just asking for someone to run amok on your Facebook page!

4-Not all Third Party Applications are Kosher

Be careful about using 3rd party Applications, as they do not necessarily conform to Facebook’s privacy settings and programming.   Though it is those applications that make Facebook great like NetworkedBlog or Branch Out, other apps that require you post location or credit information are particularly iffy.

5-Use Common Sense

You know those “I cant believe such and such just did this” links that often appeared on your newsfeed?  How about the pornographic or violent pictures that have been popping up?  These are viruses that get shared when you click the links.  You have to show some common sense when clicking on the links people share.   Social Media is an evolution of communication, not a revolution (contrary to the Social Revolution Videos).  So spam still has a way into our lives and common sense is still one of the most strongest tools against it.