Facebook has around 600,000 compromised accounts every single day, according to data published by the social network in October 2011.
Since then, Facebook has added around 400 million more users, potentially pushing that figure even higher.
From using a strong password to being careful which apps have permission, there are many ways to protect your account.
However, one of the best ways is by setting up Login Approvals, a feature that’s actually been around since May 2011.
How it works is whenever Facebook detects a login from a different/unauthorized browser, it requires you to enter a special code sent to your mobile phone.
Very similar to Twitter’s login verification, it prevents anyone from accessing your account, unless of course they also have your phone.
Here’s how to set it up:
- Go to Facebook, and from the wheel icon on the top right, select “Account Settings.”
- On the left-hand side, select “Security.”
- Scroll over top of “Login Approvals,” and click on “Edit.”
- Check the box next to “Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers,” and a window will pop up which you want to select “Get Started.”
- For times you can’t use Facebook’s Code Generator, Facebook can send you a text message.
- Click “Continue,” and Facebook will now text a special code to the mobile phone number attached to your account.
Here’s what the text message will look like:
Enter the code on the prompt on your screen, and select “Continue.”
Facebook Login Approvals is now completely setup, and you’ve just significantly improved the security on your account.