By Lucille J Cronk, Guest Author (For Guest Posting, refer Terms ) According to CNN news, around 250 million Facebook users around the wor...
By Lucille J Cronk, Guest Author (For Guest Posting, refer Terms)
According to CNN news, around 250 million Facebook users around the world access the social networking service through mobile phones. However, accessing Facebook from a mobile phone is more risky than accessing it from a laptop or PC. This holds true in case you have not configured the Facebook security settings on your mobile. A few mobile risks are associated with the manner in which you use Facebook, while the rest have to do with the way in which your phone deals with the security while using a Wi-Fi connection instead of the subscribed carrier's network.
In most cases, mobile users always turn on the Wi-Fi connection for limiting data usage that, otherwise, tends to be a costly affair. If you too use this connection for browsing Facebook, know that your phone is at the highest risk of being a victim of a cyber crime. One of the most famous mobile security risks associated with mobile Facebook browsing is ‘sidejacking’ wherein someone might spy on your credentials so that she/he can misuse them to imitate you on the social network. This is really a serious risk that can debar you from logging into your Facebook account. So, in short, it is essential to set up all the Facebook security configurations on your mobile as well. So, here are some mobile security tips for Facebook users.
Enable Secure Browsing Feature
With this feature, you can set up your account to utilize ‘HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure’. If you have done online banking, you would have notice a small lock icon in the address bar or simply the green highlight in the address bar. This is an indicator of HTTPS protocol using SSL encryption. At present, Facebook uses HTTPS and encrypts all browsing activities on its site. This encryption is always essential while browsing from access points like airports or shops.
But as per MobileActive, this setting is not used while browsing from a mobile Facebook app! Furthermore, a few apps also notify you of not supporting the HTTPS access. In this case, these apps will automatically turn the setting off. So, you will have to always access your account settings and turn the feature on every time. This indicates that using the Facebook mobile site is safer than a Facebook app on Wi-Fi.
Access Facebook via Your Carrier’s Network
Instead of Wi-Fi, use the network of your carrier for accessing Facebook. This is a safer way of doing so, especially while using a Facebook account to log on to other sites.
Use the Log-in Notifications Feature
Facebook warns you whenever a new device including a mobile tries to access your account. Therefore, you instantly come to know about an unauthorized access. This feature is present on the Security Settings page.
Limit What You Share
Most of the times, sharing profile information is not harmful. Although this is true, you might be still at risk. For example, if you are disclosing your pet name, know that this information is used as a security question. And so, if you disclose this information, the hackers can easily bypass the security mechanism. So, it is not to reveal any personal information, not even to your friends.About the author: Lucille is a blogger who is passionate about mobile technology and other mobile security applications. To know more, visit her website here on mobile phones spy.