Techie Tip of the Week: Set up Login Notifications in Facebook

A few months ago, we talked about the importance of making your Facebook settings set to always use SSL. This week’s tip covers how to set up login notifications. You can set up Facebook to notify you when your account is accessed from a computer or mobile device that you haven’t used before. This will let you know immediately if someone other than you logs into Facebook without your knowledge or permission.

To set up Facebook to always notify you whenever someone (hopefully just you) logs into Facebook using a device you haven’t used before:

  1. Log into Facebook.
  2. Go to your Security Settings page (Click the black triangle to the right of your Account Name –> Account Settings –> Security)
  3. Click Login Notifications.
  4. Check the box Email to be notified by email; check the box Text Message/Push Notification to be notified by text messaging.
  5. Click Save Changes.

From now on, whenever you log into Facebook, you will be asked to identify the computer you’re using. And you will receive a message (either email, text, or both) with that information. If you receive one of these messages and you didn’t log into Facebook, you’ll know right away that someone else has gained access to your Facebook account and you can take appropriate actions.

Until next week, safe travels on the Net!

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