When you need to or want to login to your Facebook account from work, there are certain precautions to take, especially if you are using a shared computer. Aside from these security concerns, you also need to make sure that you don't accidentally let others access your own Facebook profile, especially if some of your colleagues have a "special" sense of humor. The last thing you want is see weird status updates on your profile that have been posted by others after you forgot to logout of your account!
How to get on Facebook at work
Here are a couple of scenarios, of which one or more should fit your situation:
- Depending on your workplace and your position, you may have access to your own desk / cubical, and computer. This computer may be either shared, where each user logs into the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux...) and therefore has his or her own profile and set of preferences saved, and safe from other coworkers. If this is the case, all you need to do to login to Facebook at work is make sure to lock your computer when you step away from it.
Facebook-at-work Tip: on Windows, you can quickly lock your computer and hide your Facebook profile by pressing the Windows Logo key on your keyboard and "L" at the same time.
- If you share your work computer with other colleagues, but all login under the same user name (which falls under the category of "shared computer"), how you proceed depends on shifts: if only one of you uses that computer (PC or Mac) at any given time, all you need to do is remember to manually logout of your Facebook account at the end of your shift, or before the next person likely to use that machine arrives at work: to do so, click on the Account dropdown menu in the top right corner of the page, and click on "Logout".
- If you are using a public computer, accessed at any time by others, you probably cannot stay signed in to your Facebook account; in that case, right after you login to Facebook at work, you should manually logout when stepping away from that computer, at the end of your break, etc. And if you want to check your Facebook profile, just login manually as needed. This is the least convenient scenario, and having trustworthy colleagues that also happen not to be Facebook users is the next best thing (since otherwise, unless you are each using a different web browser, you will need to login and logout of each others' account all day long!)
Tip: to avoid having Facebook blocked at work, use this social networking site with moderation. If your boss or system administrator notices too much "downtime" spent in Facebook surfing, the privilege will likely be revoked, and you'll find yourself without any kind access to Facebook at work!
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