Your Facebook fan page: Keeping it secure

Your Facebook fan page: Keeping it secure

As Facebook fan pages get bigger, they become more susceptible to being hacked.  Here are some tips on keeping your Facebook fan page secure, snug, and well-protected from the hackers of the world.

First, here's something you can do right now to make sure you can recover access to your fan page, should the unthinkable befall you ("the unthinkable" being someone accessing your page and deleting you as an administrator). As a caveat, I'll add that this method worked as recently as mid-December, 2012 for me, though I can't guarantee it will continue to work forever:

  1. Create a dummy profile on Facebook using an email that hasn't already been used for Facebook

  2. Log out of the dummy account and log into the Facebook account that has access to your Facebook page (the one that is set up as an admin to your Facebook page)

  3. Click the ‘Account’ Button in the upper right of the screen

  4. Click on ‘Use Facebook As Page’ option

  5. Click ‘Switch’ next the the Fanpage that you would like to protect

  6. Click ‘Edit Page’ button on the right side of the screen

  7. On the left side of the next screen click ‘Manage Admins.'

  8. In the ‘Specify an email address’ box enter the email of the dummy account you created in step one and click ‘Save Changes.

  9. Log out of Facebook and then Log in as the dummy account

  10. You should have received notice that you were made an admin of the fanpage

  11. Under ‘Account’ at the top right corner of the fake account click ‘Account Settings.

  12. Under ‘My Account’ & ‘Settings’ go to Deactivate Account and click ‘deactivate.

  13. Walk through the deactivation process and now your dummy profile will be hidden and will not show as an administrator on the protected page

  14. To reactivate the dummy account all you have to do is login with the same email and password that you used to set up the account.

  15. If your Page was hacked: Reactivate the dummy profile, type the name of the page in the search bar, and then remove the hacker as administrator for the page. (And report them to Facebook).

  16. You can use your dummy account to protect multiple pages, just make sure the account is deactivated to protect the page!

In addition to the process above, let's review some basic safety tips for keeping the hackers away:

1. Make sure you have a strong password on your personal account. This generally means a combination of upper case letters, lower case letters, and numbers. Don’t use things like your kids’ names, family birthdates, or your anniversary.  An idea password would look something like this: F0WaRd792 (something that would be impossible for anyone to guess)

2. Keep tabs on what 3rd party apps (social readers, Farmville, quizzes, etc.) have access to your account. On the left side of your Facebook newsfeed, you can click on “apps” to see which apps you’ve allowed to access your Facebook page.Make sure you delete apps that you don’t use anymore, thus cutting off their access to your account.

3. Limit the number of people who have admin rights to your page and give them appropriate roles. Not everyone needs to be an administrator. You can read more about how to manage your administrators here: http://digitalbreezes.com/2012/06/01/protect-your-facebook-business-page-with-new-admin-role-abilities/

4. Consider setting your Facebook security to require a code any time you register from an unrecognized IP address/browser. You can do this by going into your personal profile and click on account settings> security>log in approvals.  In this same section, you can also get notifications if anyone else logs in as you.

 

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