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Facebook is a free social networking website supporting over 1 billion individual users, groups and businesses worldwide. Users can send and receive written messages, share photos or videos, link posts to news or other content, stream videos and play games. By reviewing your Facebook security settings and being conscious of how you use Facebook you can mitigate risks to your account and personal information. 

Quick Facts 
  • Facebook has the benefit of being more open and social than traditional communication tools, but usage does not come without its risks. 
  • Facebook give users the option to enable email or login notifications that alert users whenever their account is logged into. 
  • Facebook also allows users to check their security settings to ensure they are the only person logged into the account. 
  • Facebook has quickly become a place for businesses to advertise and sell products and services. 

  •  Ensure you are using the correct website before logging in. 
  • Choose a secure password you do not use for other online accounts. 
  • Keep your information/profile private. If you don’t want people to know – don’t share. 
  • Avoid clicking bait links that appear in your feed and in messages. 
  • If you are prompted to login to your account by clicking on articles, do not; this is software that captures your information. 
  • To review your settings: 
  1. Select Account at the top right-hand corner of your logged in Facebook profile 
  2. Select Settings 
  3. Review options under Security 

Detection & Response 
  • ‍If you receive an unusual message from friends or family, do not respond or click on links provided; rather confirm its validity by reaching out to them via other communication methods. 
  • Request that friends and family do the same if they are feeling unsure about a message or request. 
  • Inform Facebook immediately if you suspect fraud. Facebook has the option to ‘report’ a profile that is impersonating someone you know, representing a business or organisation, is annoying you, or sharing inappropriate or offensive material. 
  • Report if your own account has been compromised and follow Facebook’s official account recovery instructions 
  • If someone you know is threatening or bullying you, screen shot the evidence to provide to police if necessary. 

For more facts of social media security please see our other Social Media Fact Sheets


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