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:
- What can you do to protect your Facebook account when accessing it in public?
- What should you do if someone hijacks your Facebook account?
- How you can use Facebook's advanced security settings to protect yourself?
- 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.