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Stay Safe And Secure: 5 Things Everyone Should Do On Facebook

Stay Safe And Secure: 5 Things Everyone Should Do On Facebook
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For Facebook, making the world more open and connected also means keeping people and their information safe. That's why we launched an updated version of the Facebook Safety Centre, which now walks you through the tools we offer to control your experience on Facebook, as well as numerous tips and resources for safe and secure sharing.

This update also brings our Bullying Prevention Hub, developed with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in 2013, to everyone on Facebook. The Hub is a resource for teens, parents and educators seeking guidance on on how to prevent and address bullying.

Here are five safety tips you need to know to take charge of your online well-being, and keep your Facebook profile secure.

Lock down your login:

Login approvals (or two-step verification) are the best and easiest way to keep your Facebook account from getting hacked. When you log in from a new computer, phone, or web browser, you'll enter a code that you get on your phone to help make sure it's really you.

How to Do It?

To turn on login approvals, go to "More" and tap "Settings." From there, select Security Settings, and check the box next to "Login Approvals."

Let us know when you see something that shouldn't be on Facebook:

If you see something abusive or harmful that you think should not be on Facebook, you can report it to us by clicking the report link (typically an upside down arrow in the top right of a post). Our global team works 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to review things that you report and remove anything that violates our community standards.

We don't include any information about the person who filed the report when we reach out to the person who posted it. If you've reported something, you have the option to check the status of your report from your Support Inbox. Keep in mind that only you can see your Support Inbox.

Understand who you're sharing with:

Whenever you update your status, share photos or post anything on Facebook, you can select who sees what you share by using the Audience Selector tool. You can choose to share with everyone, just your friends or even a customized audience. When you create a customized audience, you can selectively share with, or hide something from, specific people.

You can also change the audience for a post after you've shared it. To change the audience for something you've posted, tap the top right of the post to edit the post's privacy setting and select a new audience. Remember, when you post something on another person's profile, that person controls who can view the post. Additionally, anyone who gets tagged in a post may see it, along with their friends.

Check who can tag you in posts:

When it comes to tagging, you can review the content you're tagged in on Facebook. Tag review lets you approve or dismiss tags that your friends may add to your posts. When you turn this option on, a tag that someone else adds to your post will not appear until you approve it.

We also offer timeline review. Timeline review lets you choose whether posts you're tagged in appear on your Timeline. When you turn this option on, posts you're tagged in will not appear on your Timeline until you approve them. To turn on tag review or timeline review, tap the icon with three lines, and then tap Settings, then Account Settings and select Timeline and Tagging.

From here you can manage everything from tags people add, to who can add and see things on your Timeline -- putting you in control of who you connect with and how you connect with them.

Go for a checkup:

You can choose from lots of easy-to-use tools on Facebook for protecting your information. Our Privacy Checkup walks you through a few quick steps to help ensure that only the people you want can see your stuff. You can also try our Security Checkup to boost the security of your account in three short steps.

If you think someone other than you has logged into your Facebook account, Facebook has tools to help secure your account. First we'll confirm it is really you and we may ask you questions about yourself, ask you to identify photos of your friends, or check your phone for a code. Finally, we'll help you update your password. Facebook has systems that work around the clock to help protect your account and keep you in control of your account. If you think you've been hacked, visit

Issues with safety and security on Facebook are rare, but as in the real world, things can sometimes happen that make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Following these five simple steps can work for everyone on Facebook, so feel free to share and do your part to make the Internet a safer place for all.

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