Facebook releases official Guide to Facebook Security

Facebook releases official Guide to Facebook Security

Summary: Facebook has posted a 20-page official Guide to Facebook Security on the Facebook Security Center.


Facebook today released the Guide to Facebook Security, a free handbook aiming to educate parents, teachers, and young adults on how to keep their Facebook accounts safe. You can download it now from the Facebook Safety Center.

The 20-page guide was written by former Symantec internet safety expert Linda McCarthy, Purdue University security researcher Keith Watson, and teacher/editor Denise Weldon-Siviy. It includes tips on how to:

  • Protect your Facebook account
  • Avoid scammers
  • Use advanced security settings
  • Recover a hacked Facebook account
  • Stop imposters

Facebook says the guide answers typical questions parents, educators, and teens have about making Facebook more secure. More specifically, the social network promises that it answers these four questions:

  1. What can you do to protect your Facebook account when accessing it in public?
  2. What should you do if someone hijacks your Facebook account?
  3. How you can use Facebook's advanced security settings to protect yourself?
  4. How can you help in keeping you and your friends safe and secure while online?

Furthermore, the document explains how to protect your account, avoid scammers, and configure advanced security settings. If tells you how to setup one-time passwords, secure browsing, and track your account activity, if you don't do this already.

Most interestingly, it explains why scammers and thieves want your account. Even if you already consider yourself a Facebook expert, this one is worth a read, or at least a skim.

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Topics: Social Enterprise, Security

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • Great Idea

    With so many people using Facebook it's a great idea for them to have a security guide. I still use Facebook like most people, but not as often any more. I tend to use tagged and MyInkedSpace more.
  • RE: Facebook releases official Guide to Facebook Security

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  • RE: Facebook releases official Guide to Facebook Security

    I would love to know why on my laptop my facebook account lags so bad I have to refresh and restart my pc all the stinking time but while on a different computer all together it works great!?....I have scaned for viruses and for molicious software crap and nothing is ever found....what gives? You'd think that the FB founder or who ever has all this wonderful "internet knowlage" that he/she can fix it and fix it right!..AND....I am beginning to HATE facebook all together...