After the launch of Google Plus, Facebook has been going through a tough phase. One of the biggest reasons why people are opting for Google Plus, is the new social network’s better security and privacy features, compared to Facebook. The two sites may be equally good, but when it comes to security Google Plus clearly wins over Facebook.
In order to mend its security loopholes and make the site more safe for sharing information, Facebook has now come up with a detailed Facebook security guide. This free 20-page guide titled “A Guide to Facebook Security,” can be dowloaded from the site and is mainly aimed at teens, parents and teachers who often lack the complete knowledge of keeping info safe online. The book is co-written by security experts Linda McCarthy and Keith Watson, along with teacher and editor Denise Weldon-Siviy.
The guide covers several topics such as securing access to Facebook accounts using proper password selection; avoiding falling prey to phishing and other scams; using Facebook’s advanced security features like HTTPS encryption, one-time passwords and log-in notifications; recognizing impostors and recovering a hacked account.
This is what the authors say about their new Guidebook on Facebook Security:
If there was any doubt on the incredible power of social networking, consider the more than one billion pieces of content shared each day with over half a billion users. Facebook connects over 500 million people in over 210 countries—indeed, its global population exceeds the size of most European countries, and counts among its members citizens from every single continent in the world.
People on Facebook have great power—they can Friend, Chat, share Status Updates, post Comments, share Links, tag Photos, post Videos, join Groups, create Pages, design Polls, and play together using Applications. They use Facebook to promote causes, interests, and themselves! Facebook allows the world to be more open and connected by giving its users the tools to interact and share in any conceivable way. And, to paraphrase the superhero, with great power comes great responsibility. Just as a city paints sidewalks, and pedestrians look both ways before crossing the street, security on Facebook is a responsibility shared between Facebook and the people who use its platform.
This guide is all about empowering you to Own Your Space—to understand what Facebook is doing to make the site safe and secure and to take the actions that are needed in this new digital world to protect yourself and your account.
While the focus of this guide is on Facebook, the lessons here apply to every site you visit online. Throughout the guide, we will highlight the unique tools that Facebook provides so that you can harness your power by protecting your account, using advanced security settings, recovering a hacked Facebook account, and stopping imposters.
Beyond this, we want you to adopt the mantra: Stop. Think. Connect. Facebook has a ton to offer people, and with a little bit of common sense you can stay safe and secure. We hope you find this guide useful. Please join the conversation by visiting the Facebook Security Page at www.facebook.com/security
Facebook’s success now relies completely on the experience that it provides its users. While it mainly depends on how Facebook fixes its security flaws and comes up new features that solve the user’s security woes, it also depends on how the site educates the users on using the site’s security features and privacy options. This guide would be a good way to educate the Facebook users on keeping their information safe and secure on the site.
Go ahead and check out the Facebook Security Guide.