Unfortunately, there are bad guys out there trying to take advantage of Facebook users. Follow these security tips to make your Facebook experience more secure.

Do not register an account until you are 13 years old

While you may need an account when you are 11 or 12, Facebook expressly bans registration persons under 13 years of age. If they find out that you are lying about your age, they may terminate your account and all of your content, including your photos.

Do not use your real name or patronymic

Facebook policy prohibits fake names, but it does allow the use of pseudonyms as your first or middle name. Do not use your full legal name, as this may help predators and thieves to get more information about you. Visit Facebook Help Center, to see what names are allowed.

Set your privacy settings to strict.

While you might want to be a social butterfly, set your Facebook privacy settings so that more than just anyone else can see your profile and content. Make your profile details visible only to people you have already accepted as friends.

Don’t post contact information on your profile

Don’t make your email or phone number visible on your profile. A rogue Facebook app or a hacker may use this information to spam or torment. We recommend that you don’t even let your Facebook friends have this information. Your real friends will still have your cell phone number and email address. The less exposure you have, the better.

Never share your location

Criminals and predators can use your location information to track you down. You might think that only your friends would have access to this information, but if your friend’s account is left logged in on a public computer or their account is hacked, strangers will now have your location information. Also, never let anyone know that you are home alone.

Report a violation

If you ever feel threatened by anyone on Facebook or someone is stalking you by sending unwanted Facebook messages or posting something offensive on your wall, report it by clicking link Report a violation in the message. If someone posts a photo of you that you don’t like, tag yourself.

Create a strong password

If your the password is too simple someone can easily guess it and hack your account. You should never share your password with anyone. Always make sure you sign out of Facebook completely if you use a public computer in a library or school computer lab.

Be smart about what you post

There are some things that you never must publish on Facebook. When you post something, always remember that it may affect other people and be used against you in the future.

Just because you deleted something on Facebook after you said it doesn’t mean someone didn’t take a screenshot until you had a chance to delete it. If you post something embarrassing about yourself or others, it may cause you anxiety in the future when you apply for a job or try to get into a college that tests profiles Facebook . If you don’t feel comfortable enough saying something in front of someone, then it’s probably best not to post it online.

Watch out for Facebook scams and scam apps

Not all Facebook apps are made by good people. The Facebook app usually requires access to parts of your profile as a condition of using it. If you provide access to any application and it is malicious Appendix then you may have just opened yourself up to spam or worse. When in doubt, test it by naming the app on Google and then «scam» to see if there are any reports of scams.

If your account has been hacked, report it IMMEDIATELY!!

Don’t hesitate to report what somebody hacked your account . You must report the break-in immediately. Hackers may try to impersonate you using your hacked account so that your friends get scammed.

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