Tips to keep your Facebook account secure

Here are a few things you can do to keep your account secure.

How to keep your Facebook account secure

Secure Facebook account

Protect your password

  • Don't use your Facebook password anywhere else online, and never share it with other people.
  • Your password should be difficult to guess. Avoid including your name or common words. When you create a new password, make sure that it's at least 6 characters long.
  • Try to use a complex combination of numbers, uppercase, lowercase letters, and punctuation marks. 
  • You can also make the password more complex by making it longer with a phrase or series of words that you can easily remember, but no one else knows.

Never share your login information

Scammers may create fake websites that look like Facebook and ask you to log in with your email address and password. Always check the website's URL before providing your information. When in doubt, type facebook.com into your browser to get to Facebook. Click the link for more tips on avoiding phishing.

Log out of Facebook when you use a computer you share with other people

If you forgot to sign out of your Facebook account on other devices, follow steps in this article: Facebook Logout.

Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know

Scammers may create fake accounts to befriend people. Becoming friends with scammers might allow them to spam your Timeline, tag you in posts and send you malicious messages. Some may even talk to you to gain your trust before they act.

Never click suspicious links, even if they appear to come from a friend or a company you know 

This includes links on Facebook (ex: on posts) or in emails. Keep in mind that Facebook will never ask you for your password in an email. If you see a suspicious link on Facebook, report it.

Use our extra security features, like login alerts and trusted contacts.

If you're logged into Facebook on a computer, you can use the Security Checkup to review your security settings.

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