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The social networks have become a showcase of everything that we like, things we do, places we visit and the relationships we build with others, places where lots of information exchange and, because it involves relate to other people, we must keep safe from third parties more access account information or are taking control of our profile and publications made ​​in our name that end up harming us.

Facebook , with its billion active users , is definitely the queen of social networks and the place in which a number of users share their hobbies, photographs of his travels, share links of websites that have liked or exchanged messages on their walls or through private messages. However, in addition to have fun with Facebook, it is important to take time to make some adjustments that allow us to enjoy it much more safely as well as adopting some good practices that prevent us from falling into some of the pitfalls.

Not the first time we talked about Facebook from the point of view of security or the privacy of our data , however, taking advantage of the anniversary of the day it is worth taking the time to review some details that allow us to enjoy this social network securely:

Use encrypted connections

Although it should be enabled by default, access to Facebook through encrypted connections (ie, underSSL ) is something that the user must be configured manually. Although from the point of view of the user will not notice a loss of performance or an increase in the loading time of the pages to Facebook (or other service), encrypted connections and involve more processing when handling large volumes connections tend to offer unencrypted connections to serve them faster (something that happens in LinkedIn or Twitter too).


Use unencrypted connections, especially on shared networks is a risk which could be (and the famous experiment we demonstrated Firesheep) someone with no good intentions intercept our communications and take control of our own to capture our login credentials. Enable SSL access is not complicated, all you have to do is go to "Account Settings" and once there, "Configuring Security" and activate it.

Curiosity killed the cat

Occasionally I have found in the stream of Facebook posts, ie the panel we see the publications and activities of our contacts, who have found shared by your friends "attract your attention" links. These links, which have become our friends "like" on the video of "voluptosa girl" or any other claims are intended to capture the attention of the user to click it and, without knowing it, a publication without permission in order to continue spreading this kind of cheating by Facebook.

What I mean by this? As well the saying goes, "curiosity killed the cat" and there are many fraudulent applications, traps and attempted phishing flowing through this network, therefore, before you click on something that is important to check and make sure your visiting the right page .

Segment information helps preserve privacy

Facebook has diluted much the meaning of the word friend, and commitments or for any other reason, our network ends up being very spacious and we find that users really can not consider our friends (co-workers, people who have seen a couple of times an event, customers, suppliers, etc.). Facebook offers a very powerful tool to control the information they have access to our contacts since we can group them into playlists and play with them when the visibility in our publications or who can find in this social network.

The lists are nothing more than groups of contacts and even Facebook offers us the "friends", "known" and "best friends" worth applying a much greater segmentation (coworkers, family, classmates, etc) and , when a publication, like what is the target audience for this: all our contact anyone on Facebook (public visibility) or limit to specific groups that consider much closer. In this way we can control who has access to things that we publish , who can see what songs are listening on Spotify or what things are going to show on thetimeline of our profile (since not everyone has the same view).

Furthermore, if we access the "Privacy Settings" and enter in "How you connect" can set a number of parameters that allow us to set which groups of contacts can label us in photos, who can find us on Facebook or who can write a private message.


Facebook offers tools to control your privacy and to establish rules regarding other users , however, not advertised or promoted enough and many users do not know these resources or do not use them properly and the truth , it's worth investing a few minutes to make these adjustments.

Controls active sessions

I agree it is very comfortable to access Facebook without having to be entering the username and password, ie, keeping the session open. It is very comfortable but if you are not aware of what we do may be risky since, to leaving the session open on a computer that is not ours, any user could access the account but we have closed the browser window (and not everyone remembers to sign off when using a PC that is not yours or not they realize that there is a private browsing mode).

If we agree to "Security Settings" from the Settings ourselves we can find a section of special interest tocontrol the use and activity of our own . In the section "Active Sessions" we can see a list of hits made ​​at Facebook with our credentials, a section in which we see places, platforms and dates and times that the accesses were made: mobile devices, desktops, browsers used and, most interestingly, dates and locations.

With this information we can detect if, for example, someone accessed our account from a device or a location that we have checked and, if suspicious activity, may close the session remotely (if the cookie has not yet expired).

Check applications that have access to your profile

Another focus of problems are Facebook applications, ie services offered by third parties through Facebook (games, utilities, applications of statistics, etc.) that require to run a set of permissions on the data of our own. There are users that, by default, accept whatever they are required and, of course, is a practice that should not continue.


Check the permissions required by applications is important to keep them posted on our profile or access to personal information that does not really need to function. Furthermore, considering that many of these applications are for "make money" with advertising or with our data, it is worth spend the Settings Privacy and under the heading of "Free, applications and websites" reviewing applications we use to terminate or revoke the permissions of applications that we have stopped using (and, if we do this on a regular basis, we can scare us with the amount of applications that we can accumulate).

Do not forget the basics

In addition to these aspects, the common sense is another factor that we must not forget to be aware of what we do or what we publish (considering who may be listening). On the other hand, it is important to remember that having a good password and change it regularly is another good practice that we integrate into our routine.

It is worth spending time on this kind of task because, in my opinion, security is an investment and not a waste of time when you consider the amount of problems that we can save.

This Article is Posted on 15 Jan 2014 in Technology Section and Social Network