What can I do to keep my Facebook account secure?

Here are a few things you can do to keep your account secure:

Protect your password
  • Don't use your Facebook password anywhere else online, and never share it with other people.
  • Your password should be hard to guess, so don't include your name or common words.
  • Learn more about creating a strong password.

Never share your login information
  • Scammers may create fake websites that look like Facebook and ask you to login with your email and password.
  • Always check the website's URL before you enter your login information. When in doubt, type www.facebook.com into your browser to get to Facebook.
  • Don't forward emails from Facebook to other people, since they may have sensitive information about your account.
  • Learn more about avoiding phishing.

Log out of Facebook when you use a computer you share with other people

Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know
  • Scammers may create fake accounts to friend people.
  • Becoming friends with scammers might allow them to spam your timeline, tag you in posts and send you malicious messages.

Watch out for malicious software
  • Malicious software can cause damage to a computer, server or computer network.
  • Learn the signs of an infected computer or device and how to remove malicious software.
  • Keep your web browser up to date and remove suspicious applications or browser add-ons.

Never click suspicious links, even if they appear to come from a friend or a company you know
  • This includes links on Facebook (example: on posts) or in emails.
  • Keep in mind that Facebook will never ask you for your password in an email.
  • If you see a suspicious link on Facebook, report it.

Use our extra security options
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