Monday, October 28, 2013

How to Make Your Facebook Account Hack-free

Have you heard of someone’s Facebook account being hacked? You've probably had, because there have been a lot of ways people have discovered to break into ones account—perhaps you've experienced being hacked, or you have been the hacker.

Good news for people whose accounts are prone to hacks; bad news for people who want to hack the other people’s Facebook accounts! If you have heard of the security of Dropbox and Twitter account using Two-Factor Authentication, then add Facebook account on the list to be protected! And let’s chalk the favor up for people who wants their accounts hack-free. For those who already heard and are familiar of two-factor authentication, then it is exactly the same process with that of Dropbox’s and Twitter’s. But for the sake of those who don’t, you don’t have to draw a lot of breaths just to keep all your accounts from getting hacked, considering how big the social network, Facebook, is.

And so, allow me to walk you through on our subject, two-factor authentication. First off, this two-factor authentication adds a layer of protection by requiring you to enter a verification code in addition to your password in order to log in to your respective accounts. But mind you, the verification codes are somewhat disposable, simply put, they are single-use security codes. Now, how do you get these security codes, you ask? These verification codes are being sent to your tiptop smartphone, be it via text messages or through an authenticator app. It can be of a great help if someone—in most cases—intentionally got all your Facebook credentials. So, if your account holds a lot of private information that aren't supposed to be disclosed beyond your close circle, then two-factor authentication has got you covered.

And to start with, you must first log in to your Facebook account using your, evidently, Facebook account credentials. Next, do you see the cog at the upper right side of the menu bar? Yes, the Settings. As you click it, select Account Settings. Now, select Security from the list on the left side, and then select Login Approvals. From there, check the box labeled Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers. And then follow the steps as Facebook walks you through each step of the setup process.

Now, make sure you already have your mobile number registered on your account to be able to setup the two-factor authentication. But if you don’t, you need not worry since Facebook will automatically ask you to associate your phone number with your account. By default, Facebook sends verification codes through its mobile app. However, you can receive the codes via text messages alone, which is a backup login method. At the moment, this comes handy when you are subscribed in an unlimited text messaging plan. But if not, it’s better to rely in the authenticator app. And if all is said and done, Facebook then will send you a text message to confirm if the phone number you associated with your Facebook account is yours. Key in the six-digit confirmation code sent to your phone to confirm.

Is there a need to enter the code every now and then to log in to your personal computer? Good news, these codes will not pester you so long as it already recognizes your browser. And, if you are using a mobile app, this two-factor authentication is no longer applicable—it’s basically for Web browsers only. But still, it keeps your account more secure from hackers. Simply put, like a sturdy mobile back case protecting your phone against bumps and blows.

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