We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Facebook pushes security tips to all its users

The social network is encouraging its users to pay more attention to security

Facebook has started promoting security tips at the top of each user's home page, with a link to information about scams, passwords and how to stay safe on the social network.

Users are told not to use the same password for their Facebook and email accounts. The page also has tips on how to spot scams. "One of the top ways that people get locked out of their account is by falling for scams," says a Facebook engineer in a video.

Users are also urged to give Facebook their mobile phone numbers, which the company says will use to text them a new password in the event of a data breach.

There is no mention of malware in the security materials. Yet Facebook announced its participation earlier on Thursday in an alliance geared toward eliminating the distribution of malware through bogus online ads and in May free trials of several major antivirus programs.

The move follows news of data breaches at several social networks, notably LinkedIn earlier this month.

The notifications will roll out to all users over the next couple of days, a Facebook spokeswoman said.

Cameron Scott covers search, web services and privacy for The IDG News Service. Follow Cameron on Twitter at CScott_IDG.


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite