Protect your account on Facebook and Instagram From Hackers

Disclaimer: This information is from Meta

Protect your password

Your Facebook and Instagram passwords should be unique and never shared with anyone. To create a strong password and protect it, follow these tips:

Avoid using anything that’s personally identifiable, such as your name, phone number, birthdate or address.

Ensure that it’s at least six characters long and use a complex combination of numbers, letters and punctuation marks.

Avoid using common words or your name.

Use a unique password that you’re not using anywhere else online.

Never share your password.

For extra security, change your password every six months.

Protect your account

A strong password is a great first step, but as you grow and gain more followers, there are additional steps you can take to protect your Facebook account:

Manage who can see you as a friend on Facebook.

For example, change your privacy setting to only friends of friends. This helps to separate your public life from your personal life.

Remove your personal profile from search engine results.

In the Settings and Privacy section in Facebook, you can control whether or not a search engine will show your profile in its results.

Activate two-factor authentication.

This means you’ll have to confirm your identity when logging in from a device that Facebook does not recognize.

What is two-factor authentication and how does it work on Facebook?

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 Facebook from a browser or mobile device that we don’t recognise. You can also get alerts when someone tries logging in from a browser or mobile device that we don’t recognise.

To turn on or manage two-factor authentication:

  1. Go to your Security and login settings.
  2. Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit.
  3. Choose the security method that you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions.

When you set up two-factor authentication on Facebook, you’ll be asked to choose one of three security methods:

Activate and manage your alerts.

Make sure login alerts and approvals are activated so that you’re alerted if someone logs in to your account from a different device.

Update your privacy settings.

Make sure that all of your privacy settings are up to date. To run a Privacy Checkup, click  on your Facebook profile, then select Privacy Checkup.