Facebook may have over 900 million active users, gone Public, with over 30 billion pieces of content being shared monthly, Facebook comments being indexed by Google and with various type of people doing somewhat annoying things on the platform, it is safe to assume that the place is still safe and secured.
I have gone through a lot of issues with a lot of social networking platforms I’ve gotten my LinkedIn account suspended, my blog down for several days, my Tumblr account suspended, my Reddit account unavailable – all of these happened in just one week and just recently, I’ve gotten my Facebook account temporarily unavailable. I’ve gotten through various social media disasters known to mankind yet here I am, declaring that Facebook is still a secured platform and here are the 3 reasons why.
1. Facebook Notifies You of Suspicious Activities
When Facebook notices suspicious logins and activities in places or IPs that you don’t usually use, it automatically notifies you via email or prompts you to login again. There was this one time when I was busy updating my Facebook and suddenly it prompted me to login again.
After logging in, I was notified that my account there were several failed attemps to login on my account. I was then advised to change my password and I even changed my email login.
2. Facebook Notifies You When You’ve Visited a Malware Infected Site
Yesterday I when I wrote my latest blog post for my other personal finance blog, it appeared that one of the photos I used was from a site that was malware infected. I only learned about it when suddenly I got this notification that I could be visiting a malware-infected site and that I needed to log out from my Facebook account. I also received an email from Facebook with the same message. I was then temporarily unable to share any links from that day in order to avoid abuse of my account.
3. Facebook Responds to Security-Related Questions
While there may be over 900 million Facebook users all over the world, Facebook reports and tickets are being responded to accordingly especially when I lost admin privileges on the Facebook page I was managing. I’ve got responses within 24 hours and my admin privileges were reinstated too.
Another thing is when someone created a fake account under my name. I reported the profile to Facebook and in less then 24 hours, the account was suspended. The same thing happened to the account that tried to pose for my friend.
When faced with Facebook Security issues, be sure to read the frequently asked questions and issues here or their Safety Center and follow the prompts associated with your specific issue so the problem gets reported and get a ticket.
Another way to secure and enjoy your Facebook experience is to not add people you don’t really know, don’t publish your whole birthdate (as it may be used when trying to gain access to your account), do not give out your mobile number as anyone can now login to your Facebook page using that number and try to guess your password and most importantly, change your password as often as possible.