Yet another Facebook hacker scare appeared on the popular social media site last week.

But instead of dwelling on who “Jayden K. Smith” is or on the messages that continue to appear on Facebook, I’d like to focus on how to keep your social media page safe.

Before we start: If you have questions or reservations about how to ensure your account is locked down successfully, you might want to seek the help of a computer-literate person in your life.

One key piece of advice that always should be remembered is to be careful about who you friend on Facebook.

If you don’t know the person who sent the request — or if you are already friends with them — do not accept their invite.

It could be a scammer posing as the person, especially if your friend’s account or password have been hacked.

Facebook privacy settings

The creative minds at Facebook have a tendency to change things on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes, the changes are made to parts of our profiles that we don’t use as often.

For example, some of us might recall when a secondary messaging folder appeared, in which missed messages were stored.

Thankfully, one of the more recent updates has brought with it a handy tool.

To start the process of locking down your account, simply hit the “?” icon next to the “Notifications” icon at the top of your page.

There is a “Privacy Checkup” tool that is easy to use. You can go through the many tiers of security on the site, step by step.

Remember these things when deciding how tight the security on your profile should be:

  • Do you want everyone with access to Facebook to see what you post?
  • Do you want everyone with access to Facebook to see your profile information and pictures?
  • Do you want everyone with access to Facebook to see who your family and friends are?

This tool will provide you with basic protection.

By narrowing the number of people who can see some of these items, your social media account can be protected better from spammers and hackers.

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