Since Facebook is a website, you can access it from any internet-connected computer, whether it is a PC running some version of Windows, a Mac, or a Linux machine. What allows you to login to Facebook from different computers is the user name and password protection you get from the sign in page. This is what allows your favorite social networking site to recognize who you are, regardless of the computer from which you happen to be logging into the service.
Sign in to your Facebook account on a different computer
There are a few possible scenarios in which you'll find yourself trying to access Facebook on different computers (yours or others'), and the way you should ideally login to your account depends on that:
- If you are traveling and are trying to login to Facebook from an unknown computer at a public library, internet cafe, or other unfamiliar location, you should first make sure that the "Keep me logged in" checkbox is unchecked, so that Facebook will not remember your information.
- Then, when you are done with Facebook, make sure that you manually logout of your profile by clicking on the Account dropdown menu in the top right corner of the screen, and choosing "Logout" at the bottom of the menu.
- Once you have logged out, type "www.facebook.com" inside the web browser's address bar, and you should see the Facebook homepage and sign in form if you successfully signed out. Click inside the "Email" text field of the sign in form, and type the first few letters of your email address (the one that serves as user name when you login to your Facebook account). If the AutoComplete feature of the browser you are using "remembered" it, move your mouse pointer (cursor) above it, and hit the Delete key on your keyboard ("Del") to remove any trace of your email address - just an extra security step.
- Finally, completely close the web browser window before leaving that computer.
Accessing your Facebook account in "safer" conditions but still on another computer
These few steps will ensure that you don't stay accidentally logged in to your profile, which would allow the next person who accesses Facebook to end up right inside your account! This quick overview assumes the worst conditions, but if the situation is a bit safer, you may not need to go through that much trouble to erase your tracks: read more in Facebook login at school and Facebook login at work; our "Login to Facebook from someone else's computer" tutorial gives you a breakdown of the various cases in which you will find yourself when signing in to your Facebook account from a computer or laptop that isn't yours.
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