Online security has become one of the most important aspects of our daily lives and while we do tend to use social media almost every hour of the day, there are times when our personal data have been put to risk, be it the Cambridge Analytica Scandal including Facebook or over 500 accounts being hacked on Yahoo. As the debate rages on about data security or cyber security on social media sites, it is worth noting that Facebook is no exception.
Recently, in the wake of recent controversies around cyber security for social media users, Mark Zuckerberg has stated that the social media giant is thinking of introducing Blockchain-based authentication for giving users more powers when granting data access to any third-party app.
However, there are many ways in which you can keep your Facebook account safe from online threats since the Blockchain-based authentication is still a long shot and if you are looking for some tips on how to secure your Facebook account or keep your password safe from being hacked, here are some key tips that you need to follow.
How to secure your Facebook account or keep your password safe from being hacked: Follow these simple tips
1. Choosing a strong password: Needless to say, do not select your name and date of birth as your password. Also, do not use 1234567890 or the reverse. Or LOVE and GOOGLE. Try and use an uncommon, random password which is more than 10 characters long, with multiple special characters and numbers, ideally.
Flipside – Tough to remember such passwords
2. Multi-factor authentication: Most of your accounts will have an option to switch on multi-factor authentication. It involves using a password in conjunction with a key shared by the company accessible either on a separate device (like OTP on phone) or a separate account (like email) in order to log into your current account. This is much safer as a hacker needs to compromise two accounts in order to break-in.
Flipside – Many times we do not get signals inside buildings or our phone battery drains. In such cases, logging into the account becomes a challenge.
3. Using a password manager: Password managers are applications that encrypt and save all your passwords securely and enter the correct one automatically when you try and access an account. There are several such solutions available like Yoti, Dashlane, LastPass and Zoho. You just need to remember the password of the password manager to log in.
4. Biometrics: Digital identity company Yoti has come up with a password manager that uses biometrics instead of a master password for you to access your accounts easily. The biometric access ensures that you do not have to remember a password but instead sign in with your fingerprint on the Yoti app on your phone to be able to login to your account. This ensures multi-factor authentication as well as biometric protection to keep all your passwords safe.