How To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure From Phishing Attacks

Facebook is not only social networking tool but it is a great marketing tool too. What if you lose your account all of sudden due to any phishing attack (password compromised). You should take proper measures to save your account from hackers.

Facebook comes with some cool security features that let you prevent any phishing attacks to your profile. You can set your account to ask for computer name every time you login from other device. Also you can remotely remove any associated device to your account.

This feature is beneficial in case if any hacker successfully cracks your Facebook account. You’ll immediately came to know about it and takes proper action (changing your password). Here’s how you can do that:

How to set Facebook to send you email and SMS in case other user login into your account

1. Go to your Facebook account.

2. On the top right go to Account –> Account settings.

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3. Click on the change link next to Account Security.

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You’ll see Login notifications is set to “off”. Click on the circle next to “On” option.

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Now your Login notification is “ON”. It means you will be prompted to name your device during your next login.

Note: If you are using public computer don’t check the box next to “Don’t ask me again from this computer”.

It also means that if anyone finds your password and tries to login into your account from any device then he’ll get a “Name New Computer”. page. Without entering the Computer name he can’t get into your account.

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As soon he enters the the name of his computer (any text), you’ll get a notification as email and SMS that a person login from his computer. Here is the screenshot of the email.

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How to remotely remove devices associated to your Facebook account

Suppose by mistake you added any public computer as your trusted device. It means if any user using this device login to your account mistakenly then he won’t get the “Name new computer page” and also you won’t get the email and SMS notification after he logged in. Facebook keeps record of all the trusted devices and anytime you can remove those devices from your account. Here’s how you can do that:

1. Go to Facebook account.

2. Go to Account –> Account settings.

3. From the Account Settings page, select “Change” Account Security.

4. You’ll see all the computers and devices associated with your account. It means that these are those devices in which you check the box next to “Don’t ask me again from this computer” after filling your computer name in the box when “Name new computer” page appeared.

In the screenshot given below you can see that it shows time of registering the device. It also has “Remove” link next to it. Click on it to remove the devices associated with your account.

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That’s all. After removing the account, user won’t be able to login into your account without getting the “Name new computer” page on the removed device.

Thanks Gaurav Rana for the tip.

8 Responses

  1. I tried to login to my account but I get a message saying “Name New Computer”. But this is the computer I created the account with. What should I do?

    • Simple, enter the name of your computer and check the box next to “Don’t ask me again from this computer”. Your preference will save inside your browser cookie. Next time it will not ask you anything.

      • But I created the account on my computer. So I never had this problem until now. It is the one I usually use to log on to Facebook, although I think I have logged on other computers before.

  2. hi Himanshu Yadav, i am Ronnie from Kerala.I have a complaint on Facebook. when i enter the Facebook address ‘WWW. Facebook.com’ in the address bar , it automatically logs into my account without asking my password . i haven’t saved my password in the browser. please help me to remove this fault. i hope you helps me . BYE

  3. Phishing malware is a Facebook creation for the clients who did NOT give to facebook their telephone numbers, real photos and more…

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