Cyber Security, is the protection of computer systems from the theft or damage to the hardware, software or the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide, this was said by Gasser, Morrie (1988) in a book named “Building a Secure Computer System”.
Nowadays most of the things we do in a computer is online. This wasn’t the case back a decade ago. Hence, cyber security is more important now than ever. Our data can be accessed from anywhere in the world, if we are connected to the internet. This makes up more productive and efficient, but it also makes us vulnerable to data-breach. Let’s keep all the other security stuff for a different video. Let’s talk about “How to secure a Facebook account” today.
We all know our Facebook account is stored in a server which is connected to the internet. To access those data, we need a correct credentials¹. But, there are a lot of ways to compromise your credentials. So, someone smart enough, who is not entitled of your credentials can “hack” into your Facebook account.
Don’t worry, today I’m going to show you how to not get hacked. First of all, I need you to change your password, cause I’m sure your password is weak. Sorry for generalizing all of you, but it’s kind of the odd truth. Your passwords are simple, contains a name, a dictionary word, only small letters or something of this type. But, you know what, due to the fast advancements of data processing units (CPU2, GPU3), it takes smaller than a second to crack your password. If you want to learn more about how passwords work, head over to sakibsadmanshajib.com or Click Here. Summary: You need to add at least 1 capital letter, 1 small letter, 1 number, 1 special character (!, @, #, $, or etc.).
Now, I’ll show you the steps to secure a Facebook account, so, buckle up.
- A Facebook account. (Of course, duh!!)
- A decent computer. (-_-)
- A working internet connection. (I’m assuming you have all of the above, because, you are reading this article)
- A smartphone.
In the left panel, you can see an option called Security, click that. You’ll see a lot of more options. This is where we’ll do all our works. Don’t freak out (yet).
You need to enable login alerts. This’ll let you know when an unrecognized device is logging on to your account. So, that you can take necessary steps to secure your account. To do this, you need to click on the “Edit” hypertext and fill the circles labelled “Get notifications” under the Notifications section and “Email login alerts to email@example.com” under the Email section. Now, click “Save changes” button. N.B.: Make sure that firstname.lastname@example.org is your email, which is secured. BTW that email@example.com is not my real email, I won’t be able to reply if you email there, sorry.
In this step, you’ll enable Login approvals. You’ll need to input an extra code from any unrecognized devices you’ll login with, even after putting the correct password. This’ll let you control who logs in to your account even after having a password. Of course, the code will be different every time and Facebook will send you new codes via your mobile number. To be honest you won’t need this feature unless your phone doesn’t have an internet connection or your Code Generator is not working somehow, this is kind of alternative solution to Code Generator. You might not know what a Code Generator is, I’ll talk about this later. So, now click edit, then a window will pop-up, click “Get Started”. Then click “Continue” in the next pop-up window. You should read them though. Now in this window, they’ll ask for your phone number. Make sure this phone number has a working subscription and can receive messages, plus Facebook will send all the codes in this phone, so don’t use your mom’s/dad’s phone number. Then click “Next”. A code will be sent to your phone. Input that code in the next window and click “Continue”. A new window will pop-up, Check mark the box labelled “No thanks, require a code right away.” And hit the close button.
Remember we talked about Code Generator? You’ll set-up Code Generator now. Code Generator is a part of the Facebook app. Setting this up is a bit complicated. If the Facebook app is not installed, download it from here: https://goo.gl/dznThU or Scan the QR code:
I guess, this video will help you understand how to do it: https://youtu.be/u0baSYSk19w
Code Generator works the same like Login Approvals, instead they are more secure. These codes are changed every 30 seconds, which is why it’s nearly impossible to compromise these codes.
At this point your account is already secured. For more security features, try the next steps which will ensure maximum security and privacy.
You can generate passwords for services those doesn’t support the Login Approvals. For example, if you use Skype, Spotify with your Facebook account, you can generate a password for them. They can’t accept login approvals, these passwords are jumbled up words and are hard to remember, so you don’t need to save them. Just create another password when you forget them.
You can add a Public OpenPGP key, this will encrypt every email sent from Facebook. This is a really complex process. I won’t be able to simplify this to you. You can skip it though.
You can also add Trusted Contacts. They can help you regain access to your account if by chance something happens to it.
You can also check which devices you can logged in from. You can see the IP address, where the device is located, which type of client it’s using and all the other information about it. If you don’t recognize a device, simply end the activity, and it’ll be logged out.
You can also add a Legacy Contact. S/he’ll have access to your account when you pass away.
That’s it, now your account is 99.99% secure. Now you just have to be smart enough not to do anything stupid. Always remember, hackers can only hack you if they are smarter than you.Have a good day.
1 Credentials mean username and password.
2 CPU means Central Processing Unit. Read more about it here
3 GPU means Graphics Processing Unit. Read more about it here
Guest Blogger :
Sakib Sadman Shajib , a wanna be & gonna be billionaire, spends most of his time thinking about the next big start-ups and in his free time he lectures people about PC overclocking and security issues. Spam him on http://www.facebook.com/sakibsadmanshajib or firstname.lastname@example.org