Every day we hear about someone’s Facebook account being hacked. One minute you are happily posting photos from your friends birthday, next thing you know your account is sending ‘buy this iPad’ spammy emails to everyone in your contact list. It has happened to many of us. And it sucks.
Hackers gain access several ways – it can be through an application, a phishing link, and even through the use of bad passwords (like admin, your birth date, and more). While Facebook has been good about helping users restore hacked accounts in a timely manner, we encourage you to take steps to prevent this from happening in the first place.
One of those ways is to change your security setting from ‘http://’ to ‘https://’. The ‘https://’ creates a secure channel over an insecure network (i.e. Facebook). To make sure you are using ‘https://’ on Facebook, please follow the steps below:
(1) Go to Account (top right corner of the page)
(2) Go to Account Settings
(3) Then Account Security, and click Change
(4) Check ‘https’ box (I also told them to email me if a strange computer accesses my account)
There is a possibility some of your applications may not work after switching so you will want to check this. Our thought is, any Facebook application that doesn’t use ‘https://’ is not an application we wish to use, but some won’t want to give them up, so just keep this in mind.