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How Secure You Are Online On Facebook!

We provide tools that help you stay safe while using Facebook. You’ll also find other safety resources here to help you whenever and however you use the internet.


Tools

Update Your Account Information

If you need to change your username, update your email or password, or adjust any of your account information, click Account at the top of any page and select Account Settings in the dropdown menu that appears.

Protect Your Account

As always, we recommend that you change your password periodically to stay safe online. If you think your account has been compromised or if someone else has access to it, we recommend resetting your password. To reset your password:
  • Click Account at the top of any Facebook page.
  • In the dropdown menu that appears, select Account Settings.
  • Scroll down to Password, click the “change” link, and follow the instructions.

Control Who Sees Your Information

Use your privacy settings to control who gets to see your posts and timeline. You can also specify privacy for a specific message or post, and control how much information you share with applications (such as games and quizzes). To get to your privacy settings, click Account at the top of any page and select Privacy Settings in the dropdown menu that appears. Visit our Privacy Tutorial for more information.

Unfriending Someone

You can remove a connection to a friend that you are no longer comfortable sharing with. If you’d like to remove a friend, navigate to the person’s timeline and click the gear icon on the right side of their timeline and select "Unfriend." If you decide later that you’d like to be friends later, you can send them a friend request.

Blocking Someone

If you are being harassed by someone or if you just don't want be visible to them on Facebook, you can block them from your timeline. When you block someone, it breaks all ties you have with them (friendship connections, friend details, etc.). The two of you will no longer be able to see each other's timelines or find each other in search results. To block someone, go to the block list in your Privacy Settings, use the "Report/Block" option under the gear icon on the right side of their timeline, or use the Report link associated with the message in your inbox (or found on any content they post).

Report Abusive or Offensive Content

Tell us about any content that violates the Facebook Terms. The most efficient way to report abuse is to do it right where it occurs on Facebook, using the “Report” link near the post, timeline or Page.
If you receive a harassing message from one of your Facebook friends, you can click the “Report” link next to the sender’s name on the message, and remove the person as a friend. Reporting the message as harassing will automatically add the person to your block list. You can also use the "Report/Block" option that appears under the gear icon on the top right of every person’s timeline.
Reports are confidential. People you report won’t know that they’ve been reported. After you submit a report, we’ll investigate the issue and determine whether or not the content should be removed based on the Facebook Terms. We research each report to decide the appropriate course of action.

Social Reporting

Social Reporting is a feature of the reporting tool that helps you resolve issues with posts, timelines or other content on the site. If you are reporting content you don't like, but that doesn't violate the Facebook Terms, we make it easy for you to communicate with the person who posted it. For example, if you are reporting a photo of yourself, you can easily send the person who posted it a message letting them know you don't like it. In most cases, they will take the photo down if you ask.
In cases of bullying or harassment, where you don’t feel comfortable reaching out to the person directly, you can use social reporting to get help from a parent, teacher or trusted friend. You can share that piece of content and a message about the situation with someone you trust. You also have the option to block the person who posted the content and report it to Facebook so we can take action, if appropriate.

Advanced Security Features

We offer a number of security features that help keep your personal information private, including remote logout, secure browsing, one-time password and more. Find all of these feature on your Account Settings page, in the Account Security section.
  • Remote Logout

    Use remote logout to close any Facebook session that you may have left active on any computer or device, such as one at a cafe or your friend’s house.
  • Secure Browsing

    If you frequently use Facebook from unsecured public networks such as those in airports or cafes, consider enabling Facebook secure browsing, or HTTPS. This optional setting encrypts the information you send and receive. Read more about Facebook HTTPS.
  • One-Time Passwords

    One-time passwords also make it safer to use computers at schools, libraries and other public places. Rather than use your regular Facebook password, we can text you a one-time password to use instead. To get one, text "otp" to 32665 on your mobile phone (U.S. only), and you'll receive a password that expires in 20 minutes, and you can only use once. (In order to access this feature, you'll need a mobile phone number in your account.)
To learn more about all of these options, watch the Using Advanced Security Features video.

More on Facebook Security

The Facebook Security page provides information and updates on what we’re doing to help you protect your account, as well as tips and advice on how to avoid threats like viruses, spam, phishing and malware. You can 'like' the Facebook Security page and make security a regular part of your Facebook experience.

Resources

Facebook Safety Advisory Board

We work with a diverse set of experts and organizations devoted to online safety to bring the best resources to Facebook and advise us on safety issues.

The Facebook Network of Support

In conjunction with MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign, Facebook partners with the following team of national organizations to combat anti-LGBT cyberbullying. Read more about the Network of Support.

Additional Web Resources

Take an active role in your family’s safety by educating yourself with the material on these websites.
You can Download PDF of "A Guide to Facebook Security"
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How Secure You Are Online On Facebook! Reviewed by Sartaj Husain on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Rating: 5

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