Sunday 11 December 2016

Staying safe - how to protect yourself online

Jane O'Faherty

Published 14/10/2016 | 02:30

Users are advised to protect their password details, and set up notifications to alert them if someone tries to log in to their account on a new device. (Stock picture)
Users are advised to protect their password details, and set up notifications to alert them if someone tries to log in to their account on a new device. (Stock picture)

Facebook's new guide sets out three lines of defence for women to make their Facebook profiles more secure - setting up strong security settings, taking control of privacy and making sure you can trust your community.

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Users are advised to protect their password details, and set up notifications to alert them if someone tries to log in to their account on a new device.

They should also set up trusted contacts, or friends who they can reach out to if they need help getting into their account.

Regular security check-ups are also recommended, as well as regularly checking where you are logged in.

If someone feels they wish to restrict what certain contacts can see, they can use the Review or 'View As' options to review what appears on their profile.

They can also use Timeline Review to oversee posts and photos they have been tagged in, or 'unfriend' or 'block' abusive contacts.

If online abuse becomes too much, taking time offline and seeking outside support from trusted sources is recommended.

Facebook also provides information on digital safety, legal options, reporting assault and other considerations.

Irish Independent

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