As of March 2019, Facebook recorded about 1.56 billion daily active users. Using a platform with such a massive number of users can expose your privacy to a third party and increase your chances of being hacked.
There have been a lot of instances where people’s Facebook accounts were hacked and their private messages and information were extracted. Hence, it is important that Facebook users adhere to certain safety measures while using the platform.
During Facebook registration or profile update, there is some key information that the platform demands from users such as personal data and posts, hardware and software information, and payment details, among others. One must be careful while filling out this information, especially the ones that have to do with personal data, so that it doesn’t get into the wrong hands. Before you learn about what safety measures are employed while using Facebook it is important that you know the reason for behind it.
- In March 2018, Facebook acknowledged that they have been collecting call and text history of Android users without their permission.
- In 2016 a Facebook bug leaked the private contact information of 6 million users.
- In 2014, a quiz app by Cambridge analytics gathered and leaked the Facebook data of nearly 50 million people.
All of these are referred to as data breaches. Aside from these, there are some other dangers posed by inputting all of your personal information onto Facebook. For instance, if you have your mobile contact or house address on Facebook criminals can easily find you even without knowing you personally. They can just visit your profile to get the information. Facebook users’ pictures can also be extracted from Facebook and stored by a third party, which can then be used for nefarious purposes.
In the infographic display below, you will find some safety measures which can be employed while using Facebook.
- Never share your password with anyone, not even to your best friend. It is personal and should be kept as such.
- Avoid using your full name. If you use your full name on Facebook anyone can use it to steal your identity.
- Use a unique, strong password. This password shouldn't be used on other websites. Many people make the mistake of using only one password for everything. Create a password of at least ten characters long. Short passwords can be easily guessed by anyone who intends to hack your account. So, use a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols.
- Activate login verification and ensure that your email accounts are well secured.
- Run anti-virus software on your computer.
- Remember to log out especially when you share your computer with others.
If you put all of these measures into practice then you will have less to be concerned about and enjoy the social media platform without anyone stealing your private information.