How to keep your account secure

Think before you click. Never click suspicious links — even if they come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links sent on Facebook (eg: in a chat or post) and links sent in emails. If one of your friends clicks on spam by accident, that link might be sent to all of their Facebook friends. Remember to never re-enter your Facebook password or download something (eg: a .exe file) if you aren’t sure what it is.

FacebookIf you don’t know what it is, don’t paste it into your internet address bar. Pasting unfamiliar text into your address bar could result in events and pages being created from your account or other spammy actions.

Pick a unique, strong password. Use combinations of at least six letters, numbers and punctuation marks; don’t use words that can be found in the dictionary. When in doubt, change your password. You can reset your password by going to your Account Settings page, located in the Account dropdown menu at the top of every Facebook page.

Never give out your username or password. Never share your login credentials (eg: email address and password) for any reason. Individuals, pages or groups that ask for your login information in exchange for discounted goods (eg: free poker chips) shouldn’t be trusted. These types of deals are carried out by cybercriminals and are in violation of Facebook’s Payment Terms

Log in at www.facebook.com. Sometimes scammers will set up a fake page to look like a Facebook login page, hoping to get you to enter your email address and password. Make sure you check the pages URL (web address) before you enter your login information. When in doubt, you can always type facebook.com into your browser to get back to the real Facebook site.

Update your browser (eg: Internet Explorer). Current versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer have built in security protection, like warning you if you navigate to a suspected phishing site. Facebook supports:

Mozilla Firefox
Safari
Google Chrome
Internet Explorer
Run anti-virus software to protect yourself from viruses and malware. You can learn more and download this software for free here:

For Windows
For Mac OS

How to reset your password and make sure its secure

If youre not logged in, you can reset your password by clicking the Forgot your password? link on the Facebook login page.

If youre already logged in, you can reset your password by going to your Account Settings page, located in the Account drop-down menu at the top of every Facebook page,

When choosing a new password:

Use a combination of at least six numbers, letters, and punctuation marks
Don’t pick a word from the dictionary
Dont pick something youve used as a password on another site
How to log out of Keep me logged in

The option to log out of your account is located in the account dropdown menu at the top-right corner of Facebook.

Click the arrow at the top-right corner of Facebook
Select Log Out

Facebook4From the Facebook log-in page, uncheck the Keep me logged in box
Note: If you sign on to Facebook from a computer or mobile device that you share with others, make sure that you log out of your Facebook account and quit the browser (eg: Firefox) when you’re done using Facebook.

How to change the password for your login email address

Remember that anyone with access to your email accounts can request a new password for your Facebook account. One way that you can make sure the email addresses listed on your account are secure is by changing the passwords to your email accounts and making sure that each password is different.

To change your login email password (eg: your Gmail password):

Go to your email account
Find your account settings
Change your password

Spam

Adware

Some programs claim that they can give you special features on Facebook like seeing who viewed your profile (timeline) or picking out your own profile (timeline) theme. Most of these features dont exist, and these programs require you to download software that can cover your profile (timeline) with ads, make your pages load slowly and compromise your security.

Facebook ads will never appear as banners in the center, top, or left column of Facebook pages. If youre seeing ads in these locations, or ads that flash or play sound automatically, you probably have adware. To remove it, review the add-ons or toolbars that youve enabled for your browser and disable any plugin that promises special browsing abilities (like profile/timeline themes or seeing whos viewing your profile/timeline).