Facebook Tips to enjoy safely
November 30 Today we celebrate the day of the information security, a day in which we reflect on how to minimize the risks and threats to our personal data, our social networking profiles or the information we store on our PCs or our mobile devices. While total security is something that really does not exist, we can take a number of best practices that allow us to have confidence in the services or devices we use and feel comfortable when using them.
Social networks have become a showcase of everything that we like, things we do, places we visit and the relationships we build with others, places where large amount of information exchanged and, because it involves relate to other people, we must keep others safe from accessing account information or to take control of our profile and publications made on our behalf that we end up harming.
Facebook, with its one billion active users , is undoubtedly the king of social networks and the place in which a number of users share their hobbies, photographs of his travels, share links to websites that have liked or exchanged messages on their walls or through private messages. However, in addition to have fun using Facebook, it is important to take time to make some adjustments that allow us to enjoy it so much safer as well as adopting some best practices that prevent us from falling into some of the pitfalls.
Not the first time we talk about facebook from the point of view of security or the privacy of our data , however, using the anniversary of the day it is worth taking the time to review some details that allow us to enjoy this social network safely:
Use encrypted connections
Although it should be enabled by default, access to Facebook via encrypted connections (ie under SSL) is something that the user must manually configure. Although, from the point of view of the user, we will not notice a loss in performance or an increase in the loading time of the pages to Facebook (or any other service), encrypted connections and involve more processing when handling large volumes connections tend to offer unencrypted connections to serve them faster (something that occurs on LinkedIn or Twitter too).
Using unencrypted connections, especially on shared networks is a risk that could involve (and Firesheep famous experiment showed us) that someone with not so good intentions intercept our communications and take control of our own to capture our login credentials. Enable SSL access is not complicated, all you have to do is go to “Account Settings” and, once there, to “Configuring Security” and enable it.
Curiosity killed the cat
Occasionally I found the stream of Facebook posts, ie the panel we see the publications and activities of our contacts, who have found links shared by your friends “attract your attention.” These links, which have become our friends “like” on the video of “voluptosa girl” or any other claims are intended to capture the attention of the user to click it and, without knowing it, a publication without permission in order to continue to spread this kind of cheating by Facebook.
What I mean by this? As well the saying goes, “curiosity killed the cat” and there are many fraudulent applications, pitfalls and phishing attempts circulating this social network, therefore, before clicking on something we suspect is important to think about it is a few times .
Segment information helps preserve privacy
Facebook has diluted much the meaning of the word friend, and commitments or for any other reason, our network ends up being very broad and we find that users really can not consider our friends (co-workers, people who have seen A couple of times in an event, customers, suppliers, etc.). Facebook offers a very powerful tool to control the information to which access our contacts since we can group them into playlists and play with them when visibility in our publications or who may be in this social network.
The lists are merely groups of contacts and even Facebook offers the “friends”, “known” and “Best Friends”, is worth applying a much higher segmentation (coworkers, family, classmates, etc.) and , when a publication, like what is the target audience for this: all our contact anyone on Facebook (public visibility) or limit to specific groups that consider much closer. This way we can control who has access to the things we post, who can see what songs are you listening to Spotify or what things are displayed on the timeline of our profile (since not everyone will have the same view).
Moreover, if we access the “Privacy Settings” and enter the “How you connect” we set some parameters that will allow us to set which groups of contacts can label us in pictures, who can find us on Facebook or who can write a private message.
Facebook offers tools to control your Privacy and to establish rules regarding other users, however, not advertised or promoted enough and there are many users who do not know these resources or do not use them properly and, truth , it’s worth investing a few minutes to make these adjustments.
Controls active sessions
I agree it is very convenient to access Facebook without having to be entering the username and password, ie, keeping the session open. It is very comfortable but, if we are not aware of what we do can be risky because, by leaving the session open on a computer that is not ours, any user could access the account but we have closed the browser window (and not everyone remembers to sign off when using a PC that is not yours or not they realize that there is a private browsing mode).
If we agree to “Security Settings” configuration of ourselves we find a section of special interest to control the use and activity of our own. In the section “Active Sessions” will see a list of accesses made to Facebook with our credentials, a section in which we see places, platforms and dates and times that were made hits: mobile devices, desktops, browsers used and, most interestingly, dates and locations.
With this information we can detect whether, for example, someone agreed to our account from a device or a location that we have not controlled and, if suspicious activity, we can close that session remotely (if the cookie has not expired).
Check applications that have access to your profile
Another focus of problems in Facebook are applications, ie services offered by third parties through Facebook (games, utilities, applications of statistics, etc) that require to run a series of permissions on the data from our own. There are users that, by default, accept whatever they needed and, of course, is a practice that should not continue.
Check the permissions required by applications is important to keep them posted on our profile or access to personal information, really, no need to run. Furthermore, given that many of these applications are to “make money” with advertising or with our data, it is worth spend the Privacy Settings and under the heading of “ads, web sites and applications” review applications we use to terminate or revoke permits applications that have stopped using (and, if we do this on a regular basis, we can scare us with the amount of applications that we can accumulate).
Do not forget the basics
Besides all these aspects, common sense is another factor that we must not forget to be aware of what we do or what we publish (considering who may be listening). On the other hand, it is important to remember that having a good password and change it regularly is another good practice that we integrate into our routine.
It is worth spending time on these tasks because, in my opinion, security is an investment and not a waste of time when you consider the amount of problems that we can save.Tags: facebook, Privacy, security