If you have been using Facebook lately, you may have noticed that there has been a significant increase in the number of spammers and hackers that have gained access to your friends’ profiles. These hack attempts range from just trying to get you to take an “IQ Test”, all the way to aggressively trying to get you to wire money abroad.
This increase in nefarious behavior was inevitable considering the site’s exponential growth. Fortunately, Facebook has been adding many new features to help battle this. The newest being the “Account Security” settings option. This setting alerts you when your account is being accessed for the first time on a new device (work computer, home computer, smart phone, or other device).
To enable this feature, you need to go to your account menu (see below) and select “account settings”.
Once there, you need to select “Account Security” and answer “yes” to the question “Would you like to receive notifications for logins from new devices?”
After enabling this setting, you will be asked to name your connections the next time you log in. You only need to do this the once for each device.
The security benefit here is now Facebook will notify you when your account is accessed from a computer or mobile device that you haven’t used before, keeping your account as safe as possible. You will now be the first to know (instead of last to know) if your account or password has been compromised!