Facebook is a remarkable way to stay connected with friends, share interesting articles, getting your stories heard by the world as well as running your own online business.
When it comes to dealing with social media platforms, it is important to pay attention to the topic of cybersecurity. Protecting peoples information is a top priority for Facebook, especially in a country like Malaysia that houses 21,450,000 users as of June 2019, accounting for a whopping 65.5% of the entire population.
Thankfully, Facebook has put together a list of security tips to help you recognize suspicious requests and activity, on top of keeping both your personal account and Facebook Business Page safe.
1. Secure your Facebook account with a strong password and two-factor authentication
Choose a strong and unique password. Most Malaysians are guilty of using the same password for every social media account in hopes of them never forgetting what it is. A key lesson is to never reuse your Facebook password on other services online.
To further secure your account, we recommend enabling two-factor authentication, both for yourself and as a requirement for other members of your business. Once you’ve set up this extra layer of protection, we’ll ask you to enter a code or confirm your login attempt each time someone tries accessing your Facebook account from a computer or mobile device we don’t recognize.
2. Review Page roles and permissions
Familiarize yourself with the different Page roles that exist and the permissions they have. In addition, you should also regularly check on who has admin access to your Page in settings, and when you add your Page to a Business Manager, take a moment to understand the permissions you allow.
We also recommend having more than one admin for your Page, so that in case you ever lose access to your Page, someone you trust can help keep the Page up and running, and get you back in.
3. Stranger Danger
Malaysians love interacting with their friends and families on Facebook. From posting on their news feed, updating their statuses every hour and sharing pictures with friends. However, some of these ‘friends’ might not be the friends you think you know.
Scammers may create fake accounts in an attempt to friend and manipulate you. Accepting requests from scammers could lead to spam being posted on your timeline and shared with your friends. Scammers may also tag you in posts and send malicious messages to you and your contacts, so we encourage you to be careful to only accept friend requests from people you know and trust.
4. Watch out for suspicious links and malicious software
To avoid malware from infecting your device or network, keep an eye out for links you don’t recognize, especially if they’re coming from people you don’t know or trust.
Be careful not to click on suspicious links, open suspicious files or install malicious apps or browser extensions—even if they appear to come from a friend or a company you know. This includes links on Facebook, in private messages and in emails. Keep in mind that Facebook will never ask you for your password in an email.
5. Set up trusted contacts
To help you regain access to your account, and then your Page, in case you are ever locked out, you can enable your friends to be your trusted contacts. They’ll be able to send you a recovery code with a URL to help you get back into your account.
Lastly, if you think your personal account has been compromised in any way, please visit facebook.com/hacked to get help, and visit our Help Center for help with your Page security. You can also explore Privacy Basics for more ways to increase your account security and to learn about the protections we have in place.