Online Safety: Simple Steps to Keep Your Facebook Account Safe from Hackers

How to Keep Your Account Safe

Facebook Security Tips: Two-Factor Authentication and how it works.

If you have been wondering how you can always keep your facebook account safe, and avoid creating multiple accounts, then this post is for you. Today, we will be educating you on one of the best security measures Facebook users use to keep their accounts safe. It is called Two-Factor Authentication. Read on, and apply the knowledge immediately, so you can be safe.

What is Two-factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication is a security feature that helps protect your Facebook account in addition to your password. If you set up two-factor authentication, you’ll be asked to enter a special login code or confirm your login attempt each time someone tries accessing your Facebook account from a browser or mobile device that Facebook don’t recognise, or that you don’t usually use. You can also get alerts when someone tries logging in from a browser or mobile device that Facebook doesn’t recognise.

How to turn on or manage two-factor authentication:

  • Click on the three dots or horizontal lines at the top right of your screen
  • Scroll down and click on to settings
  • Under Accounts, click on Password and Security or Security and Login
  • Scroll down to Two-Factor Authentication
  • Click on Use two-factor authentication
  • Choose the security method that you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions.

You may be asked to enter your password to continue. When you set up two-factor authentication on Facebook, you’ll be asked to choose one of three security methods:

  1. Tapping your security key on a compatible device.
  2. Login codes from a third-party authentication app.
  3. Text message (SMS) codes from your mobile phone.

Once you choose any of the security options, you will be guided on-screen on how to complete the process. Just follow the brief instructions to go through the process. After which, your account will be secured, when you see, Two-factor authentication is on.

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If you haven’t saved the browser or mobile device that you’re using, you’ll be asked to do so when you turn on two-factor authentication. This way, you won’t have to enter a security code when you log in again. Don’t click Save this browser if you’re using a public computer that other people can access (e.g. a library computer).

Facebook need to be able to remember your computer and browser information so that they can recognise it the next time you log in. Some browser features block this. If you’ve turned on private browsing or set up your browser to clear your history every time it closes, you might have to enter a code every time you log in.

To set up text message (SMS) two-factor authentication, you can either use a mobile number that’s already been added to your account or add a new number.

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Njofie Alain

Alain is a tech enthusiast who loves exploring digital tools and platforms. His extensive work in the digital field has set him apart as one of the top digital marketing experts in Cameroon and Africa. He has exceptional copywriting and web development skills. He is Co-Founder and COO of Afritech Academy and loves writing about interesting topics in tech.