With Facebook accounts playing a more integral role in social media marketing strategies, you have to consider all security aspects of those accounts. After all, not only could someone break in and compromise your account, they could potentially change information or even delete your Fan page(s) altogether. Imagine the loss potential, especially after you just invested in that custom FBML page for an upcoming product or service promotion.
It’s always a good idea to ensure that the posts on your wall are legitimate, and this includes both your administrative Facebook account and your business/fan page. There have always been built in security settings for Facebook accounts – some of which are new, others have been around for quite awhile – that can quickly help you detect if someone has been secretly logging into your Facebook account.
To access your security settings, log into your Facebook account and navigate to Account Settings -> Account Security. Here you can see a list of all computers and mobile devices that have logged into your Facebook account and when. This feature also allows you to see an approximate geographic location for the device based on the IP address that was used to access your Facebook account.
If you happen to come cross an unknown device or location in the list, for example if you’re a Mac user and the device is listed as IE on Windows, you can click the “end activity” link and it will boot the user off the account from that machine.
If you want additional peace of mind, you’re also able to choose email and SMS alerts should someone else attempt to log into your account from an unknown computer or mobile phone.
We’ve included a video to help guide you through all the security features that are available in Facebook – you can’t take security lightly, especially when it comes to your business. Some features such as one time passwords and secure browsing (https) are currently exclusive to U.S. based users.
What do you think of this Facebook security feature, will you be checking it more often? Have you ever experienced a situation where your Facebook account was compromised?
Let us know in the comments below!