How To Secure Your Facebook Messenger From Hackers | Security Tips
Experts says social networking apps aren’t as secure as they should be. However, there are various ways that you can implement to ensure that your Facebook Messenger app is for your eyes only. One way you can protect your Messenger app from prying eyes is to add an extra layer of security. You can do this by locking your app with a password. That way, even if your device is unlocked by a malicious individual, all of the data on your Messenger app will be protected.
Messages are encrypted in transit between your computer and the server and between the server and the person receiving your message. That part is secure. If, however, you mean secure from Facebook reading it then no. Facebook can always read your messages.
Privacy is really a big deal to many of us. Major internet companies like Facebook, Twitter are investing a billions of dollar to ensure maximum possible privacy to its user. However, here are a few thing that we can take care of.
Check for Updates
If you don’t think that phone or app updates are all that important, think again. These updates are often crucial for your device, and can come with necessary security patches, bug fixes, and software updates. They can protect your device and apps from vulnerabilities that hackers were able to manipulate in the previous version of the software. If possible, make sure that you’re using a newer Android phone, that you receive all app and software updates, and that you install these updates when they become available for your device.
Don’t Click Short URLs
One of the easiest ways for a hacker to gain access to your account is by sending you a Facebook message containing a malicious link. Sometimes, these messages are sent by someone you don’t know — depending on your Facebook settings — but they can also be sent by one of your Facebook friends. If you receive a suspicious-looking link from someone you don’t really talk to (or even one of your closest friends), avoid it. If you receive that link from a close friend, send him a text or give him a call asking if that message was intentional or not. If it wasn’t, odds are his account was hacked. You can avoid this same fate by not clicking on any links from unknown sources, or links that seem unusual.
Installing Anti-Virus Software
If you use your Messenger app on a tablet and smartphone, be sure to scan both devices regularly for malware. Maybe you’re on top of security for one device, but not for another — and that could be the device that allows a hacker to access your account. So installing Anti-virus software could protect your device from being hacked.
Here are few things you can do to help keep your account safe:
Don’t use your Facebook password anywhere else online.
Never share your password. You should be the only one who knows it.
Avoid including your name or common words. Your password should be difficult to guess.
- Make sure your email account(s) are secure.
- Log out of Facebook when you use a computer you share with other people. If you forget, you can log out remotely.
- Run anti-virus software on your computer:
- Think before you click or download anything.