As the popularity of Facebook grows, so do hacking attempts to try to sign in to other people's accounts. The Facebook developer team hasn't remained idle, and has introduced quite a few security measures designed to eliminate (or greatly reduce, at the very least) the threat from hackers. In this tutorial, we will show you how to setup "Login Approvals" - you already know of some safety precautions you should take when you login to Facebook from another computer; this scenario has become much safer now, because a login approval allows you to control from which computer one can sign in to your Facebook account!
Make your Facebook account "hacker proof" with Login Approvals!
First, login to your Facebook account as you usually do:
- Once you have successfully signed in, click on the "Account" button in the top right corner of the screen, and select "Account Settings" from the dropdown menu.
- Make sure that the "Settings" tab is selected at the top, and scroll down until you see the "Account Security" section, and click on the "change" link to reveal its options.
- Then, check the "Require me to enter a security code sent to my phone" checkbox under "Login Approvals - when a computer or device tries to access my account", and Facebook will open an short explanation dialog: click on the "Set Up Now" button.
- As soon as you do, Facebook will show you the "Add a phone" popup: first, select your country code from the dropdown menu, and enter your cell phone number. The "Send me a text" radio button is selected, but remains the only option at this time (for any country). Click "Continue".
- Facebook will text a confirmation number to your mobile phone; enter it in the text box, and click on the "Continue" button to finish setting up Login Approvals.
- Tip: the text message should arrive pretty quickly to your phone; if not, click on the "I didn't get my code" link, and Facebook will give you another chance to confirm your cell / smartphone number, and resend an SMS.
- This is all you need to do to setup login approvals. Once back in the main Settings screen, click on the "Save" button to apply your new security settings.
Facebook will wait a week before fully activating login approval protection; during that time, you'll have the ability to cancel the feature if you decide not to use it. But from that final point on, you will always know when someone is trying to access your Facebook account; a later tutorial will explain how to get a file summary of your Facebook login history (who tried to access your account profile).
Caution: while every precaution you take to securing access to your Facebook account is good, and makes your login safer, no solution can ever be (practically) 100% bulletproof. Keep using common sense and following ours (and others') recommendations to minimize the risk of seeing your account compromised!
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