The debate rages on about data security on social media sites, and Facebook is no exception. Karan Bajaj tells you about some of the platform’s less known privacy features that you can enable.
1) Protect your profile picture
Your profile picture is used as a primary tool for identification on social media. Trouble is, anyone can create a fake Facebook account using your name and even your actual profile picture. To stop this from happening, Facebook has added a feature called ‘Profile picture guard’. Open your Facebook profile and click on the current profile picture (don’t click on ‘Update profile picture’). When the profile picture opens up, click on options at the bottom of the image and select ‘Turn on profile picture guard’. A blue shield will appear on your picture and no one will be able to share or download it anymore.
2) Make your friends authenticators
If Facebook detects an unrecognized login or hacking attempt, it will lock down your account, and you wouldn’t be able to access it. The process to regain access to your account used to be a long one and complicated one, but now Facebook allows you to simply choose up to five trusted friends who can help you regain access to your account. Go to Settings > Security and login > Choose friends to contact, and select at least three people from your friend list. If you get locked out, these friends can send you verification codes for authentication to help you regain access to your account.