We have to admit that Facebook has done a lot lately to help users keep themselves and their accounts safe. We say “have to admit” because not too long ago conventional wisdom was that Facebook was quick to put its own interests ahead of those of its users. While that still may be true, Facebook is doing a good job increasing transparency and helping users have a good experience on the platform.
This morning, we noticed that they introduced a new account safety walkthrough that should help users know exactly what they should be looking at when it comes to securing their account and preventing rogue logins.
You might have seen this message show up in your timeline (and you probably ignored it):
If you had clicked it, you’d have been taken to the screen below. It’s a simple set of hacks to make sure that the device and OS that you’re currently logged into for Facebook is the only one you’re logged into – and that you’re the only one using your account.
The next screen shows exactly where you’re logged in to Facebook. In this case, the only login is my Mac using the Opera OS. If you find that you’re logged in more than one place, you can click and log out.
This next screen is important. You can elect (and you should) to receive an email when anyone logs into your Facebook account from a new device or browser. If it was you, you can ignore it. If it wasn’t you, you should change your password immediately. As you can see, I am set up to receive notifications to my Gmail account.
Finally, Facebook gives you some friendly reminders about having a secure password, and keeping it secure.
That’s it – you’re all set.
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