Important Tips For Using Facebook Securely

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites today. Many inexperienced and experienced users alike can be thrown for a loop because of their constant changes or additions of new features. When this happens, replacing old features with new features can change or compromise your existing security and privacy settings.

Facebook isn’t all that forthcoming with information and many times someone is more likely to hear it from their friends or another news source about the changes.

Forsake not Wisdom, and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom! For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing. And with all you have gotten, get understanding. – Proverbs 4:6-7 (amplified)

We need to make sure that we use wisdom and take the time to teach our children how to be wise as well. Including how to use the Internet safely. Please take the time to teach these tips to the teenagers and younger ones in your life! God wants us to use wisdom in ALL we do. So, let us not be ignorant to the things of the Internet. Let’s take the time to learn and teach our children safety practices…

Here are two key tips to be more secure on Facebook

1. Always log into your Facebook account with https. This will ensure you’re logging into the real Facebook site and your password and account information is not compromised in any way. Once you’re logged into your account, in your “Account Settings” scroll down to where it says “Account Security” and check off  “Secure Browsing (https) – Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible” and save your changes.

2. There are hundreds of different applications (apps) available on Facebook. Keep in mind many of the apps aren’t developed by the Facebook team and if you’re using them, you are using it at your own risk. It’s recommended if you’re using an app to change its settings to suit your privacy levels.

You can find a list of popular apps here:

Since we’re on the topic about apps, I thought I would ease your mind and let you know that there is no such thing as profile trackers. There is no application that can tell you how many people have viewed your profile page. This link explains it well:

Mashable ( is a great place to get up-to-date news on new websites, web tips and on social media sites especially changes to Facebook.

One last tip: Check your security and privacy settings when new features are rolled out just to make sure they haven’t suddenly become disabled.

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