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Is there a way to keep your Facebook account hacker free?

Asked by blueberry_kid (5952points) May 31st, 2010

I was watching the view with my mom and they were talking about Facebook giving out personal and public information about you to other social networking websites.

I always set my Facebook accout to only my friends can see my “wall” but i still don’t want hackers on my profile.

So my question is, Is there a way to keep your Facebook account hacker free and your personal information secret and not let Facebook do that to let your information spill?

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janbb's avatar

Supposedly they are instituting better and simpler to implement privacy settings soon so that your information will not be as available to advertisers, etc.

eden2eve's avatar

Don’t put anything on the Internet that you wouldn’t want ANYONE else to see. Simple. There are no guarantees.

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

Change your password often, and make it something with both letters and numbers that people wouldn’t easily guess. Don’t use the same password as you do for your e-mail or other online accounts. And of course, don’t tell anyone your password.

Like @eden2eve said also, don’t put that much personal info in your public profile. Remove your year of birth from your profile, and don’t put your hometown down. Your name, hometown and birth date are three important things for discovering your identity and perhaps getting hacked.

rawrgrr's avatar

Here’s a big tip you might find really useful. I use it and I think it’s really great. Not only does Facebook give you privacy settings for pretty much anything you decide to post on it, they also give you the option to notify you by email or text message if there is someone else logged in on your account. Go to Account Settings then Account Security which will give you the option to activate this feature. Once activated, all logins require Registration. All it is is people are required to enter the name of the computer they are logging in from. All entries are sent to you. If it seems unfamiliar you’ll know someone has accesed your account. Enjoy!

jerv's avatar

My general rule of thumb is that anything I post online can be hacked no matter what I do. The government gets hacked all the time, and they have far more skill and resources at their disposal to secure themselves.

The only thing you can really do is make yourself hard enough to hack that it’s not worthwhile for those that are looking for easy targets. That reduces the odds of “can” turning into “will”

Pandora's avatar

Make a bogus account. Sign up with a phony birthday and name and get rid of your old account. This way anything they get isn’t valid anyway.

AshlynM's avatar

Yes. Don’t create a facebook account.

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