You may probably have heard or encountered Facebook already, and who doesn't? The networking Internet phenomenon has become one of the largest and most-accessed in the Web, and it has defined what social media and networking is all about. People often use it as an extension of their lives, posting in it their everyday whereabouts and happenings. However, with its millions of users comes the threat of unscrupulous and sleazy individuals who would like to trick you into accessing your account and with it your sensitive personal information. Fortunately, Facebook has various attributes that help secure your personal webpage from hacking attempts the same way that an antivirus program helps protect your computer.

Account protection has been the main concern for social networking sites such as Facebook. For computer experts and website operators, this article is intended to show some of the more enhanced security attributes that one can use to better safeguard his or her account in Facebook.

One prominent and prevalent way in which hackers can gain access into your personal Facebook account is through "sniffing." This is done when a hacker "sniffs" or traces out your data as it travels through a local area network or into the Web, or is transmitted via WiFi or other wireless connections. This method is similar to that employed by malware that infect a computer and then steal its user's personal information and preferences; such malware can easily be dealt with with the help of an antivirus. To counter this method, Facebook has an encryption utility that will encode your personal data such as your identification and account password before it passes them on to the network server. If you want to use this utility, click on "Account Settings," then click on "Security," then enable the "Secure Browsing" feature. By turning it on, you web page will transform from the normal "http://" line to the more secure "https://" configuration.

Another way to better secure your Facebook personal webpage is by tagging your cellphone on to it. This method is by far the most effective that you can use to safeguard your Facebook personal account and shield it from any intrusive attempts. Imagine that someone did manage to squirrel away your Facebook identification and password and is now trying to log in to your personal account from another computer. The website will first notify you through your cellphone about this event and if you confirm that you did not initiate the action, Facebook will bar this log-in attempt even if it appears to be using your very own identification and account password. You can turn this advanced Facebook security attribute on by going again to "Account Settings," then click on "Security," then enable "Login Notifications" and check the box besides "Text message/Push notification."

The two methods described above are the principal ways in which you can protect your Facebook page from hacking attacks. However, hackers are beginning to utilize even more creative ways to get around your account security system. One of these ways is by using various social engineering approaches to collect personal information from you Facebook page. The hackers can mine other family members, relatives, friends and other Facebook acquaintances of any information that you may have shared with them. The data might reveal things about your work or occupation, research field and others, so you must always treat these kinds of data as sensitive and not to be revealed to anyone.

Other ways in which you can better secure your Facebook page is by employing a potent privacy and access policy, ignoring mysterious or unidentified persons who would try to befriend you or ask you to add them as your Facebook "friends," keeping your personal Facebook data from the public or sharing them only with those whom you can absolutely trust, and refraining from sharing your Facebook page and using it for purposes such as for research and others.

One last method that you can use is by having an effective antivirus solution installed in your PC or laptop. The antiviral program must have a ready and up-to-date firewall application that will constantly scan your network connections for potential malware. It must also protect you from keystroke recording and be able to deter rear-entry attempts. Also, you need to have the latest version of your computer system running; if not, get the latest patches and updates to help you remedy this situation.

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It is always a safe bet if you access and use your Facebook page with these enhanced security features enabled. However, never rely on them alone; always have a good antivirus handy and be on the lookout for any suspicious Web behavior that you might encounter. For more information about facebook security visit this page