If you have been using Facebook to connect with your friends or networks, you should probably consider to activate this features on, the Facebook Account Security features.
As of today, we have heard a lot of complaints regarding Facebook privacy and security controls. For Facebook new updates around May/June 2010, our Facebook account has been set at default to promote Social Networking at its best, which is to display most of your information to the public while saving the others to your friends viewing. The only way to change this setting is to visit your Privacy Setting page through your Account tab (refer to Facebook Privacy Setting topic here).
It is not certain how many Facebook accounts has been phished or hacked so far, but what are certain, the number has been growing steadily ever since Facebook opened its platform to the public in 2006.
In April 2010, PCWorld reported that Verisign’s iDefense Labs has discovered a website that lists some 1.5 million compromised Facebook accounts “for sale.” The selling price is $25 per 1000 accounts with ten friends or less, and $45 per 1,000 for those accounts with more than ten friends. Although the number is relatively small compared to Facebook current database of more than 500 million active users as in July 2010, it begins to reflect on Facebook popularity and ability in handling and controlling their growing number of user database’s security and privacy issues. To this date, Facebook is still experimenting with different measures of security levels in order to protect their users against such attacks.
Information is power. Knowing the right information can either harm you or bless you. In the case of providing control over your information against phishing and hacking, you will be on the harm side if you failed to control your flow of information. If you’re using your Facebook for your business, just imagine how much information on your contacts, clients, customers, and networking groups will fall victim to the hacker’s hand, and risk being sold back on the Net!
So let us begin this simple and useful steps;
Go to your Account tab on your right hand side of Facebook top bar (as shown below), and select Account Setting.
In the Setting tab of your ‘My Account’ page, you will see a list of your private information stored when you first registered for your Facebook account. Scroll down until you see the ‘Account Security’ option and click Change. You will be asked if you would like to receive notifications for logins from new devices? Select ‘Yes’ and click Submit.
By doing so, you will be asked for a name of your device or computer that you used to login to your Facebook account. For the first time login after you’ve changed the setting, you will be asked to register it with a name that associates with your device.
Once, you have named your device or computer in this ‘Name New Computer’ page, you will be taken to your Home page. If you tick on the box – ‘Don’t ask me again from this computer’, you will not be seeing this page again whenever you login from the same computer. But if Facebook detects your attempt to connect from another computer, this page will be shown again.
What is the good thing about this features?
This is not your login page so no matter what name you put in the your ‘Name New Computer’ page, you will still be directed to your Home page, AND you will received notifications about your login history directly to your email (the one that you set to receive all your Facebook notifications from your Facebook accounts). If you’re logging from your mobile device, you will also received notification about your login activities from there. This way, you can track if you have any suspicious login attempts to your Facebook account!
Now, aren’t that handy? 😉 Provided that you didn’t forget your device or computer names every time you login from it! 😀