With all the information that is available online, many will try to take advantage of it. Malware, spam, and hacking take place on a daily basis, with victims as countless as the stars. But not all threats are directly destructive. Often, many do nothing more than appropriate and redistribute your personal information in contact lists that others will use for whatever purpose, be it harmless or harmful. Regardless, you don’t want to take that chance. When you’re in the online world, you have to take precautions, be safe, and protect yourself and your sites from unwanted eyes.
Your Facebook page
The Facebook page is possibly one of the biggest targets for information seekers. Because of its very personal, but very public platform, Facebook is going to be one of your biggest sites you need to take precautions in securing.
The first step is to limit those who have access as administers to your Facebook page. You don’t want everyone having control of your account, so designate a select few to handle maintaining your page. It’s easier to keep control of your page in a smaller circle where you can easily keep track of and retrace what takes place.
One of the primary problems you need to be aware of is who has access to your information. The biggest third-party users of your information are the apps that Facebook links with. Whenever you click on an app available to Facebook or other social media, you instantly get a “contract” that pops up for you to agree to. Each app on your page targets certain information, all of which is usually your personal information that would normally be for friends only viewing. Something you might not always look for is what they use that information for. Be aware of what you’re agreeing to, or your information might end up in the wrong hands.
Change it up
Change your passwords frequently. Though this seems like common sense with hacking a frequent issue these days, it is something that we can’t forget to do regularly. If you’re having trouble juggling your multiple accounts and passwords for you and your team members, there are programs that offer password management services for companies to keep your sites protected without slowing you down each time passwords change.
Keep it secure
As an extra precaution, using the “https” on your Facebook link will help keep you secure while you’re on their site. Rather than rely on regular security that would let you wander onto pages, links, or sites with potential threats, the “s” helps keep you on safe sites wherever you browse and will alert you if you’re leaving a safe location. If a website allows you to link this way, do it. Many large websites will provide a secure search option as long as you add the “s.”
Keep an eye on things
It is important for an administrator to constantly keep an eye on what goes on with their Facebook page. Scams through postings are easily done, along with potentially harmful or spiteful posts designed to hurt your image. You and your team will need to constantly monitor what your users are doing on your wall. You don’t want anyone visiting your site only to find that their account was hacked when they clicked on a link on your wall.
Block and guard
Something extra that Facebook offers is their block list option in your edit profile section. It’s easily done, and can prevent any unsavory words from being spoken on your page. You don’t want to deter anyone from visiting your site with anyone’s poor use of language. Another benefit to the block list is that it lets you block “spam” type words. If someone tries to post something completely off your page’s subject matter, such as an offer for a condo in Hawaii on your page designed to discuss proper business etiquette, they won’t even be able to post it. Of course, this takes some investigative thought, and possibly a little research and up-to-date news on malware and spam related topics. But, if you keep up with your custom block list, you can prevent any problems before they have a chance to start.
Securing your Facebook page is relatively easy. All you have to do is know how to manage it properly. The last thing you want for your business is someone hacking your account and taking it for a spin around the block with outrageous or malicious posts and links. Protect yourself and your business by ensuring the security of your internet use.