If you are a user of Facebook or considering using Facebook in the future, account security may be on your mind. With all the latest news reports about companies getting hacked, information being stolen, as well as the whole personal identity theft issue, you may be left wondering whether Facebook is safe to use.
Overall, Facebook as a website is a pretty safe place. There is built-in security that helps to protect you and your information. One primary level of security that Facebook uses is called Secure Socket Layer (SSL). In a nutshell, this type of security encrypts, or protects, your data while on Facebook, including anything you enter when logged in to the website and when you have conversations with friends on Facebook.
The Facebook servers, where you data is stored and protected, have their own security built-in as well. There are anti-intrusion systems in place, to help thwart hackers from getting in, or intruding, and stealing your data. They also employ anti-virus & anti-spyware programs to keep their systems clean and free of security threats that can arise from virus & spyware infections. Basically, Facebook works hard to keep your data locked up and safe from others who might attempt to use your information in a threatening or illegal manner.
There are also ways that you can help protect yourself and your data while on Facebook, beyond what Facebook already does to protect you.
When you log in to Facebook, you provide a password. This password is something you have complete control over and can make it difficult for others to gain access to your account. By using combinations of capital letters, lowercase letters, and numbers, you can create a password that would be difficult to figure out. Your goal is to make your password something that only you could figure out.
You also should never give out your password to anyone, not even someone you know. That password is for you and you only. Keep it close and help keep your account safe.