Facebook has released the Guide to Facebook Security, a free handbook aiming to educate parents, teachers, and young adults on how to keep their Facebook accounts safe.
The 14 page guide was written by former Symantec internet safety expert Linda McCarthy, Purdue University security researcher Keith Watson, and teacher/editor Denise Weldon-Siviy.
Guide to Facebook Security (.pdf) includes tips on how to:
- Protect your Facebook account
- Avoid scammers
- Use advanced security settings
- Recover a hacked Facebook account
- Stop imposters
According to Facebook Security Guide Top Tips for Staying Secure on Facebook:
- Only Friend people you know.
- Create a good password and use it only for Facebook.
- Don’t share your password.
- Change your password on a regular basis.
- Share your personal information only with people and companies that need it.
- Log into Facebook only ONCE each session. If it looks like Facebook is asking you to log in a second time, skip the links and directly type www.facebook.com into your browser address bar.
- Use a one-time password when using someone else’s computer.
- Log out of Facebook after using someone else’s computer.
- Use secure browsing whenever possible.
- Only download Apps from sites you trust.
- Keep your anti-virus software updated.
- Keep your browser and other applications up to date.
- Don’t paste script (code) in your browser address bar.
- Use browser add-ons like Web of Trust and Firefox’s NoScript to keep your account from being hijacked.
- Beware of “goofy” posts from anyone—even Friends. If it looks like something your Friend wouldn’t post, don’t click on it.
- Scammers might hack your Friends’ accounts and send links from their accounts. Beware of enticing links coming from your Friends.
This is very useful security guide it explains how to protect your account, avoid scammers, and configure advanced security settings. If tells you how to setup one-time passwords, secure browsing, and track your account activity, if you don’t do this already.