Well, if the Facebook a was country, it would have been the largest country in the world, in terms of population. Facebook is the number one social networking website in the world. Most of you probably have created an account on Facebook, probably four – five years ago. At the time of creating an account, you might have gone through all available privacy and security settings.
But, right after that moment, have you ever checked all these settings again? I don’t think so. If you haven’t checked any privacy and security setting since then, this article is for you.
Simply, it sends you a notification or an email if you logged in from a new gadget or a new browser. As the Facebook stores a list of computers and other gadgets you usually log in from, it will easily identify if its new device or not. If you turn this on, it will send you a notification at any time it detects authorization from a new device.
If you turn on or enable this feature, and you log-in to your account from a new device for the first time, you will receive a PIN by SMS and you need to enter that with your password. It is also called two-factor authentication of Facebook.
Simply, with the feature turned on , you can use the codes from the Facebook mobile app instead of SMS. If you are familiar with any other code generator (like Google Authenticator), why not line it with Facebook! We highly recommend it.
This feature will help you to log in to some third party apps and services. if two-factor authentication for your account is turned on, and if those features don’t play well with each other. Instead, you can get login approvals for each app. You can read here for more information.
This feature enables you to publish your OpenPGP public key. After enabling and setting it up, they key will be displayed in your account info. Now, you friends can use the key to send you encrypted letter, don’t worry, if any other person gets their hand on your message, he/she will not be able to read it.
It works with the concept of asymmetric cryptography– encrypting messaging with one code and decrypting with another. As you set up this feature, you will receive two codes- private and public, your friends will use the public key to send a message and you will use the private key to decrypt the message. In the practical sense, it is not quite convenient but it does work.
Your Trusted Contacts
Your trusted contacts are friends you chose who can securely help if you ever have trouble accessing your account. You can learn here to set up the feature.
Simply, this feature remembers the device or browser you logged in your account from. If you ever again log in from these devices you will not get any alert or notifications.
Where You’re logged in
Sometimes you log-in your account from your friend’s computer and you forget to log out there. Even worse, you log in your account from a public computer and forget to log out. In this condition, this feature comes in handy. What it does is, is simply records your login from various devices and time, you just have to clear all sessions and change the password.
This feature allows you to give your legacy to someone after your death. Your friend could write a pinned post for your profile, respond to new friend request or update profile picture. But they can’t post any post as if they were you. Learn more here.
Suppose, you felt like you need to take a break from all these social networking things. You just want to temporarily deactivate the account. The deactivation might permanent or temporary if permanent chosen game finished if temporary is chosen it will just hide your all post and profile. If you ever felt of coming back, just log in again, your account is reactivated.
That’s it guys, hope you are clear about some basic security features of your favorite social networking website. And one last recommendation, please change your password in regular interval.
Have fun! Stay Safe!