How to Stay Safe on Facebook


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Supernova Media, keeping you safe on Facebook. Facebook offers a slew of privacy controls and security features which can help you be safe. If used properly, you'll never have to worry about whether you should friend the boss and your Mom. You can friend anyone you want while comfortable in the knowledge that not everyone gets to see everything you post.

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How to Stay Safe on Facebook

  1. 1. Supernova Media Presents:Keeping You Safe on
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  4. 4. http:// and https://HTTP stands for HyperText Transport Protocol, Which is just a fancyway of saying its a protocol (a language, in a manner of speaking) forinformation to be passed back and forth between web servers andclients. The important thing is the letter S which makes the differencebetween HTTP and HTTPS.The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure". If you visit a website orwebpage, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likelybegin with the following: http://.This means that the website is talking to your browser using theregular unsecure language. In other words, it is possible forsomeone to "eavesdrop" on your computers conversation with thewebsite. If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see theinformation you send to that site.
  5. 5. http:// and https:// This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website! But if the web address begins with https://, that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on. You understand why this is so important, right? If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://. If it doesnt, theres no way youre going to enter sensitive information like a credit card number. PASS IT ON (You may save someone a lot of grief).
  6. 6. Keeping You SecureHow do I turn on Secure Browsing (https)?To turn on Secure Browsing (https):1.Go to your Security Settings page ( > Account Settings> Security)2.Click on the Secure Browsing section3.Check the box provided and save your changesPlease note that when you turn on secure browsing, anyother active Facebook sessions will be terminated. Thismeans that if youre logged into Facebook on anotherweb browser, you will be prompted to re-enter your logininformation.
  7. 7. Scan Your NewsfeedMost people need to click on a bad link to find out the hard way that it should never have beenshared, and only after the damage is done do they realize their mistake.Fear no longer .... Symantec, makers of the popular Norton Anti-Virus software for PCs havecreated Norton Safe Web, an application that scans your current news feeds to see if theycontain links that are unsafe for you or your friends to click on. It’s a free and easy way toensure that a little curious clicking won’t get you and your friends list into trouble.
  8. 8. Scan Your NewsfeedAccording to Norton, the news feed scan will then ―identify URLs containing security risks suchas phishing sites, malicious downloads, browser exploits and links to unsafe external sites.‖They have recently enhanced Norton Safe Web for Facebook application to include the option toperform automatic background scan for malicious links.Enable "Auto-Scan", to scan your News Feed now (
  9. 9. Scan Your NewsfeedOn the Scan Summary page, youcan click on the "Enable Auto-Scan"to have Safe Web check and notifyyou of malicious links every hour.Once you grant permission and runa scan of your newsfeed you canadjust the permissions youve justgiven to Norton Safe Web.Go to Account - Privacy Settings -Apps & Websites - edit your settings
  10. 10. Scan Your NewsfeedHover over Norton Safe Web and youllsee a pencil to edit permission. Click thepencil and give only the requiredpermissions.Norton Safe Web has a host of otherfree services worth checking in to.We ran a scan of our site -very cool!You can check any website you want -try it now!
  11. 11. Stop Sharing Your Location Did you know that every time you compose a post on a mobile device or desktop computer, you will see a tiny gray location in the lower left of the status box. What happens is Facebook grabs your location via GPS or Wi-Fi router, and attaches it to your post, so your friends can enjoy a more in-depth stalking experience. Funny I dont remember opting in to that? After digging through your privacy and account settings, the option to turn off location-sharing isnt available.
  12. 12. Stop Sharing Your LocationDont worry its easy to turn it off. Heres how:■ Since the location text is shown in light gray, its very easy to miss. Always check the lower left of thestatus box to see if a location is attached.■ If youre on the Web, simply hover over the location and click the "X." Your location will no longer beattached, even to future statuses. If you later change your mind, just click the location marker tomanually enter your location, but remember: it will be attached again for all future updates.■ On the Facebook mobile app, tap thelocation to remove it. Alternatively, youcan turn off location services forFacebook entirely by going to Settings >Location Services, and turning it off forFacebook.
  13. 13. Backup your Profile/PagesWhat would you do if you woke up one morning and your Facebook account had beendeactivated?Stranger things have happened.. and with a free service like Facebook, it could be weeks beforeyou got in touch with someone there to have it "fixed".I love Facebook for storing photos, using the like button as a means of bookmarking my favoritearticles/sites, connecting with friends, and of course.. marketing.Its hard not to feel vulnerable when the information andconnections (Ive worked years to establish) and have onmy profile and pages does not belong to me. I know this isa contentious issue, but Id be happy to pay for mybusiness page to have more control.
  14. 14. Backup your Profile/PagesLast night while on Facebook I was loggedout several times and asked to log back in.Each time I logged back in I got a messagefrom Facebook indicating that there had beenmalicious activity on my account. Thishappened at least a dozen times. And thefear set in.....What if my account became deactivated byFacebook? What if I lost my business page?All those connections. The hours of work. Theinformation. It kept me awake and on theagenda this morning was to be proactive anddo whatever I could to protect my accounts.
  15. 15. Backup your Profile/PagesThe first step was to download my Facebook information.Go to Account, Account Settings, Download your profile information You will get a message likethis: Click okay and you will be notified by email when your information is ready for download.Unfortunately, this is only your profile information and not your brand pages. (gulp...)Second, I bookmarked the site for Facebook Helpshould the unthinkable ever happen: really, that was all I could do. I recommend you dothe same.
  16. 16. BackupifyThey promise:■ Never lose your Facebook Fan Page data –even if your Page is hacked■ Never lose a tagged Photo, Video or Note -even if the original poster removes it fromFacebook.Heres the question though. Backing somethingup only seems to be of value if theres also away to restore the information and withFacebook there isnt. Sure, youll have a recordof all of your posts, your fans comments, photosyouve uploaded, etc., but is any of that reallyuseful to us if its not on Facebook?
  17. 17. Login NotificationsOver the last few weeks, Facebook has been testing a new feature that allows you toapprove the devices you commonly use to log in and then to be notified whenever youraccount is accessed from a device you havent approved. This feature is now available toeveryone.To try it out, go to the Account.Settings page and click on thelink next to "Account Security" atthe bottom of the page. If youselect the option to receivenotifications for logins from newdevices, when you log in, youll beasked to name and save thevarious devices you use toaccess Facebook.
  18. 18. Login NotificationsFor example, you can save your home computer, your school or work computer, and yourmobile phone. Once youve done this, whenever someone logs in to your account from adevice not on this list, Facebook will ask the person to name the device. They’ll also send you an immediate email notification - and if you want, a text message - so that youre always up to speed on how your account is being accessed. This notification will provide steps on how to reset your password and remove the device, so you can quickly secure your account if its being accessed from a device you dont recognize.
  19. 19. Login NotificationsFacebook has also built a new system toblock suspicious logins before theyhappen. When we see that someone istrying to access your account from anunusual device, theyll ask the person toanswer an additional verification questionto prove his or her identity as the realaccount owner. For example, they mightask the person to enter a birthdate, identify a friend in a photo or answera security question if youve previouslyprovided one. These questions aredesigned to be easy for you, and hard fora bad guy, and they’ve already had greatresults.
  20. 20. Login Notifications Once youve confirmed your identity, youll have the opportunity to review recent logins on your account and reset your password if you see logins that you dont recognize. You wont go through this flow often. Theyll only ask you to prove your identity on the rare occasion that they notice something different. If youre ever asked to go through this flow, thats just Facebooks site integrity team saying "Hi" and that theyre here to help you protect your account. Facebook is confident that these new tools and systems will do a lot to prevent unauthorized logins and the nuisance they can cause. As always, though, the first line of defense is you. They need you to help by practicing safe behavior on Facebook and wherever you go online.
  21. 21. Facebook Smart ListsRecently Facebook announced enhancements to lists, including therelease of ―smart lists.‖ This new functionality helps to auto-generate lists for users, a task that was somewhat tedious in thepast. With smart lists you can group your family into onelist, business associates into another and target your updates tospecific lists.Which basically means you can use Facebook for business andpleasure with one profile, without your business people seeing the―personal‖ stuff you post.Access your Smart Lists via your home page under your profilephoto, in the left column. Note the notification notices beside eachlist. These are your real time updates conveniently sorted andviewable by a simple click!
  22. 22. Facebook Smart ListsFacebook smart lists provide automated friend lists andpopulates some of the default fields for you(family, work, school, location) based on the information youand your friends have provided in your short bio. Friends whoattended the same college or work for the same companywould instantly appear on a smart list, which will have its ownNews Feed of photos, status updates and other posts from thepeople on the list. Users may also manually add or subtractnames from their smart lists.Friends lists are completely optional, but why wouldnt youtake advantage of the opportunity to target your status updatesand sort your Newsfeed by the information most important toyou? Friends added to the following 3 categories will NOT benotified by Facebook.
  23. 23. Facebook Smart ListsHow to edit Smart Lists:You can add individual friends to lists by hovering over the Friends button at the top of theirprofile and selecting from the list names that appear. Once organized by lists choose whichinformation you see from your friends: all updates, most updates (what you normally see) oronly important highlights.You can also edit your lists or create custom lists right fromyour home page:•Click the Home link (along the top-right of every Facebookpage)•Find the list you want to edit in the left column, or click theMore link next to Lists•Select the list you want to edit or click Create a List•Search for your friends in the search bar at the top of thepage, or add people from the List Suggestions on the right.
  24. 24. Facebook Smart ListsYou’ll start to see List Suggestions on the sidebar in variousareas. If I pull up the ―Most Recent‖ newsfeeds for one of myexisting lists, Facebook now suggests people it thinks might beapplicable additions to this list. With a click of the + I can addthem.You might want to put people in lists so that you can:•HIDE certain content from them (posts and profile items)•NOT allow them to Tag you or check you into places•NOT allow them to see your Friends•NOT allow your other friends to see their interaction with youThese may be the most useful lists you have but they have to bebuilt manually.
  25. 25. Netiquette"Netiquette" is network etiquette, the dos and donts of onlinecommunication. Netiquette covers both common courtesy onlineand the informal "rules of the road" of cyberspaceImagine the reaction you would get walking into a black-tie dinnerdressed for a game of tennis. Its a fact that people who wouldnever endure such embarrassment in real life often generatesimilarly negative responses online—sometimes unknowingly—through their ignorance of the most basic rules.The way you post messages, retrieve information, and deal withothers online impacts other users. Proper attention to Netiquetteensures you put your best foot forward at all times whileinconveniencing those you meet online the least.
  26. 26. Netiquette * Rule 1: Remember the Human - The golden rule your parents and your kindergarten teacher taught you was pretty simple: Do unto others as youd have others do unto you. Imagine how youd feel if you were in the other persons shoes. Stand up for yourself, but try not to hurt peoples feelings.* Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life - Standardsof behavior may be different in some areas of cyberspace, but they are not lower than in reallife.* Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace - Spend a while listening to the chat or reading thearchives. Get a sense of how the people who are already there act. Then go ahead andparticipate.
  27. 27. Netiquette* Rule 4: Respect other peoples time and bandwidth -When you send email or post to a discussiongroup, youre taking up other peoples time. Its yourresponsibility to ensure that the time they spend readingyour posting isnt wasted. * Rule 5: Make yourself look good online - Spelling andgrammar do count. Know what youre talking about andmake sense. Bad information propagates like wildfire onthe net. * Rule 6: Share expert knowledge - The Internet itselfwas founded and grew because scientists wanted toshare information. Dont be afraid to share what youknow.
  28. 28. Netiquette Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control - "Flaming" is what people do when they express a strongly held opinion without holding back any emotion. * Rule 8: Respect other peoples privacy - Youd never dream of going through your colleagues desk drawers. So naturally you wouldnt read their email either. * Rule 9: Dont abuse your power - Some people in cyberspace have more power than others. Knowing more than others, or having more power than they do, does not give you the right to take advantage of them. * Rule 10: Be forgiving of other peoples mistakes - Everyone was a network newbie once. If you do decide to inform someone of a mistake, point it out politely, and preferably by private email rather than in public.
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  30. 30. About Nancy Bain Nancy is a business owner, educator, and business strategist with more than 20 years experience. When she is not advising and teaching people about social media, Nancy spends a lot of her own time using social media. Find Nancy online: Google+ : Nancy Bain Like Supernova Media on Follow Nancy on Twitter Facebook Visit her Website Find her on LinkedIn Follow her Blog And visit her YouTube Channel