Well, stop to think about what it is you have on your Facebook page. I'll use myself as an example... My Facebook page is private. I am an anomaly, as I am only friends with actual friends and acquaintances (I have met each and every person on my friend's list). But because of the privacy of my page and its limited number of viewers, I share information about myself and my family quite freely. So, if someone where to gain access to my Facebook page, they would probably be able to get some pretty good information about my family, our usual activities, when we're going to be out of town, private conversations with friends, photos of my family, and probably some private information about my friends (like the address to walk my friend's dog, when they'll be away, and where they hide their extra key). Now, is that information that you want getting into the hands of strangers? Probably not.
However, if you use Facebook mobile and don't take some precautions, there is a very good chance that it could happen. So, what do you need to do to help protect yourself?
- Use a passcode on your mobile device! Putting a passcode on your mobile devices will make it significantly more difficult for a person who finds or steals your phone to gain access to any of the information stored in your phone or tablet. If the 4-digit passcode utilized on most smart phones isn't enough for you, many have the option to change it to a longer code of your choice.
- Be a secure browser! A secure browser, means you are utilizing HTTPS instead of HTTP. This makes it significantly more difficult to hack your cell phone or tablet when you are utilizing an unsecured wireless network (such at your local coffee shop or in a hotel).
- Have a different password! Don't use the same username and password for your Facebook, email, online banking app, etc...because it makes it really easy for the phone hacker to quickly gain access to all of the information you have stored in your phone.
- Set up your trusted contacts! Although it is a bit of an annoyance to use it if you ever need to, Facebook has set up a way for you to gain access to your blocked Facebook account...such as if someone got into your phone and changed your password. Facebook will send a text to a couple of your friends, and then you will need to get the code from each of them to unlock your account. The downside, you have to keep your friend's numbers up to date and they have to be reliable reply texters.
- Maybe get an anti-virus with wipe? There are many anti-virus programs designed for mobile devices. A lot of them come with the ability to wipe your information remotely (kind of like a factory reset done from a computer). That means if you did lose your phone or have it stolen, you could immediately remove all of your private data from it.