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What To Do About a Forgotten Facebook Password and Email

Forgot your Facebook password? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

At the rate that people are forgetting their passwords, it may as well be a competitive sport. About 21% of users forget their password in as soon as two weeks, while 25% forget at least one password once a day.

In many cases, it’s easy to reset the password – as long as they still have their username or email. But what if you don’t have your email, too?

That’s going to be a problem, but it’s not unsolvable. Keep on reading to learn how you can recover your account with a forgotten Facebook password and email.

Dealing With a Forgotten Facebook Password and Email

Have a forgotten Facebook password and email? Don’t panic yet – we’ll walk you through the different processes of recovering your account.

1. Reset Your Password

This tip only applies if you still have access to your email or phone registered on your account. Facebook will give you a code that allows you to reset your password through your email or phone. If not, proceed to the end of this tip.

First, click the link that says “Forgot account?” It should be right underneath the boxes where you enter your username and password.

It will take you to the Find Your Account page. It will ask for the email or phone number connected to the account you’re trying to access. You can also use your username (the one at the end of the link to your profile) to find your account. 

When it finds your account, it will give you a list of recovery options. You can ask for it to send you a recovery code via email or SMS, for instance.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred method, take note of the code you’ll receive. You’ll enter it on the next page to regain access.

Alternatively, you can click a link in the email that allows you to change your password.

Either way, it’s strongly recommended you change your password to something you’re more likely to remember next time.

If you’ve realized you don’t have access to any of the email addresses and phone numbers associated with your account, click “Didn’t get a code?” It will take you back to the previous screen, where you can then click “No longer have access to these?”

2. Ask Your Trusted Contacts for the Code

Did you set up trusted contacts? If so, you can get a code from them you can use to access your account.

When you click the “No longer have access to these?” link, you’ll get taken to a page requesting your new email address or phone number that you can access. Facebook says they’ll use this to contact you further about recovering your account.

After this, you can click “Reveal my Trusted Contacts.” These are the contacts you assigned previously; so if don’t have any assigned, you can proceed to the next tip.

If you have, Facebook will ask you to name at least one of the three to five contacts you chose. You also have to send them all a recovery link, which will give them a code once they click it.

Each friend will give you a code, but you only need three to recover your account. When you enter three correct codes, you will gain access to your Facebook account.

3. Regain Access to Your Email Account

When you don’t have Trusted Contacts, Facebook won’t give you the option to reset your password by answering security questions anymore. When you click the “No longer have access to these?” link, you’ll only see the message that reads “No Email Access” followed by an apology because they won’t be able to verify your identity without it.

In other words, you’re in tough luck – you won’t be able to access it another way. That’s why regaining access to the email account is worth trying. 

This tip only works if you still remember your email address. In that case, head on over to your email ad provider and try to log in. It has its own set of procedures for people who forgot their password. 

If that’s successful, then go back to tip no. 1, then change your email, password, and phone number in your settings.

4. Report Your Compromised Account

If someone – who’s not you – is using your account to scam people or post spam while you can’t access it, report it as compromised.

Open Facebook’s “Hacked” or “Report Compromised Account” page. Then, click the “Compromised” button.

It will also ask for the email address or phone number associated with your account so Facebook can find it. When it does, you can enter your current or any old password if the hacker changed it.

Click “Continue,” and it will take you to a page asking you what made you think your account’s hacked. It has a list of options; choose the most appropriate one and click the “Continue” button.

Facebook will then urge you to change your password and do other steps to keep your account secure. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Other Ways to Recover Your Email and Password

Aside from the official ways you can recover your account through Facebook, you can try to reclaim your email address and/or password via other means.

For one, check your browser. You may have enabled it to remember your login credentials on websites. If you did, you’re in luck because it will show you both your username and password.

First, go to the Settings page, then go to the Privacy and Security (or your browser’s version of it). Find the section that stores all your login info and then click the button that allows you to view the password. 

If all else fails, you can try to contact Facebook support directly to explain your situation. Don’t place too much hope in that, though.

Do This After Getting Back Access to Your Account

If any of these worked, then good for you. However, you now have the responsibility of securing your account so this won’t happen again. Update your email address, phone number, and password.

Set up your Trusted Contacts, too, so if you have again a forgotten Facebook password and email, you’ll have an easier time then.

Need more help? Feel free to visit our Facebook Help center

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9 Useful Tips on How to Promote an Event on Facebook

Creating successful events is a question everybody seems to ask.

If you’re looking to promote your event, Facebook is one of the best ways to do so.

But creating an event is not as simple as just putting your ticket up and watching them sell out.

Just last year, Facebook reported that 47 million events were created. Promoting an event takes work and making an event that stands out requires serious effort.

Need some help with Facebook? Below are some tips on how to promote an event the right way.

1. Showcase Your Event On Facebook Pages

In order to get the reach you need, you should optimize your page to showcase any events.

You can start by making your event tab one of the first tabs that are shown on your page’s timeline. Doing so makes it easy for people to find what events are listed on your calendar and they can see the full spectrum of events going on.

Change the order of any events using the manage tabs option in the drop-down menu. If you’re on a desktop, you can also choose to order sections that are in the left-hand column. Doing so can make events appear right at the top.

Manage the order by pressing the pencil icon that appears as you put the mouse over the section.

2. Share Facebook Events

A really powerful but simple way to promote your events is by sharing events straight to your page. You can share events by clicking the drop-down section on the invite and then clicking share to page.

Another thing that is worth looking at is seeing if any registration partners you have will allow you to become an official event on Facebook.

Doing so can make your event qualify for better recommendations in the newsfeed and it can appear more easily in searches.

3. Highlight Event Calendars

Promoting all of your events on Facebook simultaneously is a great idea, and showcasing a calendar of events can be done quite easily.

You can share your calendar in a post with a link to the list of events you have upcoming.

Do this by going to your events tab and then clicking share events. This will make your post include a preview of the latest upcoming events by default. You can also send this link to the channels, such as fan clubs or mailing lists.

4. Sharing Fresh Content To Create Buzz

For the people that have already signed up for your event, sharing content can be a great way to further make them look forward to it.

You can share pre-event content to those already coming to your next date in your calendar. This will engage them even more and makes the most excited members of the audience likely to share your event.

This also rewards your most loyal members of the audience as they get to see content that is specifically pre-selected for them.

5. Adding Events Across Pages

Many people often are involved in the promotion and organization of an event.

Creating duplicate events can be messy – the best way to share events across pages is to add an event to another page’s calendar on their official page.

You can do this by selecting more on the drop-down that is right next to the invite prompt. Then you should select add the page.

This strategy works particularly well if you have sponsors or artists that are very well-known that are involved with the event you’re putting on.

After the event has been added to the calendar, their audiences can also find out about it. This makes the promotion a group effort and is a clever way of cross-pollination.

6. Use Facebook Ads

Facebook ads are a fantastic tool for event creators. They work so well because you are able to fine-tune who you target with campaigns. You can segment your audiences by different criteria, including age, gender, and location, plus many more.

Another brilliant feature that you can use with Facebook is custom audiences. This allows you to use email addresses or website traffic as sources of targeting for your ads.

7. Selling Directly Via Facebook

Promotion on Facebook can be very varied. However, a powerful opportunity that you shouldn’t leave on the table is selling your tickets directly on the platform.

This integration is particularly clever because it means you do not have to leave the site to purchase tickets. Facebook has also found out that events sold directly on Facebook tend to have twice as many views as normal.

8. Keep Up-to-date With Events Changes

Facebook has a knack of changing its events every day, and the practices by which you promote an event can change week on week. You should make it your prerogative to see the new changes Facebook has implemented in order to stay on top of promoting your event effectively.

9. Utilize Channels Alongside Facebook

People looking for events to attend will often use more than one channel. Whilst promoting on Facebook is a very powerful technique, using another platform alongside Facebook can give you maximum reach.

You can also use them to link to Facebook itself in order to maximize the registration of events and attendees.

Email marketing is also particularly powerful for this and has great integration with Facebook.

How To Promote An Event On Facebook – The Best Way

Promoting events on Facebook is a powerful tool and can really extend the reach of events you create if done correctly. If you need to know how to promote an event on Facebook, the tips above should point you in the right direction. If you’re unclear about anything, you can always try to contact Facebook.

We really pride ourselves on being the best source for expert Facebook help. If you need more Facebook info, just get in touch.

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Sell and Buy Safely: 10 Tips to Avoid Facebook Marketplace Scams

Are you wondering whether you can buy something safely on Facebook? Perhaps you have a few items you no longer need and you’re thinking about making some money from them. Facebook Marketplace is great for quickly selling and buying but it also has its dangers thanks to Facebook marketplace scams.

If you’re new to Facebook Marketplace, it’s important to get some tips before you start engaging with buyers and sellers. Here are some top tips for avoiding Facebook Marketplace scams.

Keep Things Public

If you agree to purchase or sell something to someone on Facebook, never go to their house if its a total stranger. Going to a stranger’s home puts you at risk of being robbed or being put in an intimidating situation.

If you agree on a sale, meet with the person in a public place. Choose somewhere that’s frequented by people and has security cameras in place. For instance, your local police station car park is an ideal spot to exchange goods.

Treat Everyone With Suspicion

The majority of people that you engage with on Facebook Marketplace will be totally trustworthy. However, there will be the odd few people who try to take advantage of you. You won’t be able to contact Facebook each time you’re suspicious, so use your instincts instead.

If you’re asked to do anything you feel uncomfortable with, say no immediately. If a discussion with someone starts to make you feel awkward, it’s best to end it as soon as possible.

Make Fair Exchanges

Whether you’re selling or buying, the exchanges you arrange on Facebook should always be fair. For example, if you’re selling an item and someone asks if they can collect the item and then make multiple small payments over time, the answer should always be no.

Always collect the money in full before giving any items away. Similarly, you should always pay in full when you’re buying items from a Facebook Marketplace seller. 

Do Your Research

If you see an item you’re interested in buying, it’s worth taking a look at the seller’s profile before showing your interest. There are certain signs that can tell you whether the person is likely to be a scammer.

  • Is the person from your local area? If he’s advertising on a local selling page but doesn’t live in the area, alarm bells should ring.
  • How many friends does the person have? A genuine seller will usually have a lot of friends and activity on their profile. A scammer may have very few friends and not much activity.
  • Check the seller’s image. You can click and drag the image into a search engine and see what comes up. If the image registers with a different name, you know you need to avoid the seller.
  • Is the seller’s image of something generic? If you can’t see a picture of the seller it should raise a red flag. Someone who doesn’t want to be seen may use a picture of a flower or a sunset instead of their face.
  • The seller’s public posts will be a clue as to whether he is trustworthy or not. For example, if the majority of posts are links to gambling sites, weight loss pills or porn, it’s a good indication that you should stay far away.

Is It Worth It?

You may see an item you want to purchase on Facebook Marketplace but that doesn’t mean you should trust the price. It’s important to take a look at what the item is selling for as new and ask questions to determine its condition. If the price just isn’t worth paying, don’t pay it.

If you’re selling an item, it’s often better to underprice than overprice. If you’re not sure about the item’s worth, you may want to get it appraised first. Overpricing an item will often lead to heated arguments if a buyer finds out they’ve over-paid.

Give Evidence

As a seller, it’s important to build up a trustworthy reputation. One of the best ways you can do this is to provide picture evidence of the item’s credentials and receipts or appraisal letters. For example, take a picture of designer clothing labels and what the item was bought for.

If buyers can see you’ve done your research and you’ve already come up with a fair price based on expert advice, they’re far more likely to get in touch without having to do any research of their own. 

Communication Should Be Easy

If you’re having difficulty communicating with a seller or buyer, you may need to think twice about making an exchange. Generally, both sellers and buyers will be enthusiastic about an exchange because they want something from it.

If you’re communicating with someone who is taking days at a time to reply to messages, it could be an indication of a no-show at the exchange. It could also indicate someone who is likely to change your agreement and up the price of the item.

If you can’t make an agreement within a few days, it’s probably time to move on and look elsewhere.

Avoiding Facebook Marketplace Scams

The sad truth is, Facebook Marketplace scams take place every day. If you see something that raises a red flag, don’t take the risk.

Most importantly, always protect your personal details and never give out bank details while using Facebook. If someone asks for your card details to send you an item, quickly refuse.

If you need more help navigating Facebook Marketplace, you can get your questions answered here. It’s a quick and simple way to get the answers you need without having to spend hours searching the internet. 

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Stay in Control: Everything You Need to Know About Privacy Settings on Facebook

In the second quarter of 2019, Facebook had 2.41 billion monthly active users across the world. When you think about it, this is both amazing and somewhat scary at the same time.

While you can connect to someone halfway around the world with a click of a button, this also means complete strangers can learn all about you within a minute. And sometimes, they can achieve this without having to friend you!

This may be a cause for concern, which is why you need to learn how to adjust your privacy settings on Facebook. Read on to find out more about what settings are available and how you can set them.

Basic Facebook Account Settings

When you create a Facebook account, you can fill in as many details as you want. The profile sections include:

  • Work and Education
  • Places You’ve Lived
  • Contact and Basic Info
  • Family and Relationships
  • Details About You
  • Life Events

It can be fun to fill in all these details since your friends can see what you’ve been up to in your life. But the more information you fill out, the higher the chance you make yourself vulnerable to scammers.

Nowadays, cybercriminals do research on their victims through platforms like Facebook and perform digital attacks called phishing. As you can imagine, the more information they can gather on you, the more convincing they can be.

How to Fight Phishing

There are two ways to combat phishing. First, you can just leave your profile blank. But, that may not be very fun to do.

The other option is to fill out your details but also adjust your privacy settings for each field. There are 4 choices here:

  • Public: This means every person who clicks on your Facebook profile can see your information, even if they’re not your friends.
  • Friends: If people on your friends list click onto your profile, they can see what you’ve filled out. But for everyone else, they won’t see any information.
  • Only me: When anyone clicks on your profile, they won’t see any of the fields you’ve chosen this option for. Only you can see what you’ve filled out for these.
  • Custom: You can create a special list of people who can either see or not see your details. You can include groups you’re in, as well as friends of friends.

The custom option is best if you have a mix of real-life and online friends. That way, you can share vital details about yourself with your real-life friends (such as your telephone number) while keeping them private from your online friends.

Turn on Two-Factor Authentication

There may be a time where you try to log on and no matter how many times you try, it says you have the wrong username and password combination. You may think Facebook is down, but what’s really happened is someone got a hold of your login details, logged in themselves, and changed your password so you can’t get in anymore.

To avoid this scenario happening to you, you should enable two-factor authentication. This is an extra step in verifying your identity. After you enter your username and password, a code will be sent to either your phone or email.

You’ll need to enter this code into Facebook within a short time frame to log in successfully. Otherwise, the code will expire and you’ll need to request one again. If a scammer gets your login details, they won’t be able to make it past the login screen since they’ll need the second factor to continue on.

To turn this feature on, look on the top-right of your screen; there should be an arrow pointing downwards. Click on it, then select “Settings.” On the left, click “Security and Login.”

Here, there are several sections. Look to the middle where it says “Two-Factor Authentication” and click to turn it on.

From now on, whenever you log into your Facebook account from a new device, it’ll either ask you to type in a generated code from the app or email. You only need to do it once on each device; they’ll be verified after that, so you won’t be troubled with two-factor authentication every time you log in.

Basic Facebook Post Settings

Whenever you make posts on your account, there are a few settings you can pick to customize the audience. They’re the same options you have with your account settings: public, friends, only me, and custom.

For the best security possible, you should make sure your default setting is “friends” for your posts. If you ever want to make a public post, you can easily select that option on the dropdown menu when you’re typing it out.

Other Privacy Settings

Make sure you check out other settings by following the same steps outlined above. However, instead of clicking on “Security and Login,” choose the options in the second block, such as “Privacy” and “Blocking.”

Take the time to review each field in these, as it can significantly impact how your information is shared. If there are people you’re trying to avoid, then you’ll definitely want to list them in the “Blocking” section.

Make Sure to Adjust Your Privacy Settings on Facebook

Facebook can be a fun social media platform to be on, but you always have to make sure you stay safe. By knowing how to adjust your privacy settings on Facebook, you’ll be able to connect with new people without divulging too much of your personal information.

By being in control of your privacy settings, you’ll have a safer and more comfortable experience online. 

Do you have any more questions about Facebook? Then make sure to ask one of our experts!

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Learn the Marketplace: 5 Tips for Selling Items on Facebook Quickly

Facebook is a juggernaut today, with more than 2 billion active users. With the launch of Facebook Marketplace, you can now sell a number of items to people in a way that earns you profits and lets you start your own business.

Whether this business is a side gig or if you’re trying to grow it into a million-dollar enterprise, there are some strategies for selling items on Facebook Marketplace that you need to bear in mind.

We’ll get you started below by considering the following tips.

1. Know Your Products Inside and Out

If you’re going to sell items on Facebook, you need to be able to completely serve as an advocate for them. The devil is in the detail, so be willing and able to include as much information about the product as possible.

This will inform your customers so that they are fully aware of what they’re purchasing. That not only reduces the number of returns or complaints that you have, but it also speeds up the process since you’ll answer any questions that people have on the front end.

However, this requires you to do as much research as possible so that you can speak intelligently about any listing that you create.

2. Price Them to Sell Quickly

The last thing you’ll want is for your items to sit in the marketplace for a long time. This slows up your progress and also takes up physical space wherever you are storing this inventory.

Your asking price is the key hindrance to this.

Make sure that you go into the process pricing the items in a way that is profitable but fair. That way, you will be able to attract customers to your items in a way that makes them want to complete a purchase.

By pricing items to sell quickly, your customers will feel like they are getting a deal, and will be more than happy to shop your store.

3. Make the Best Use of Advertising

Facebook is also a beast when it comes to advertising. Since a large portion of the world now logs into Facebook, you owe it to yourself to learn the strategies that will help you create Facebook ads that count.

The beauty of Facebook advertising is that you will have access to analytics and results, which will help you keep honing your process so that you can get an amazing return on investment (ROI).

4. Have Some Wiggle Room For Negotiation

Your ability to negotiate will improve your sales margins a great deal. Because of this, the best thing you can do is allow some wiggle room.

Go into each listing with a minimum price that you are willing to accept for an item, but be willing to knock a few dollars off the price whenever customers ask. If your price is firm, make sure that you include that in the listing so that no time is wasted.

5. Be Available to Communicate and Answer Questions

You’ll improve as a Facebook seller when you are available to your customers.

Facebook Marketplace is great because you can easily send messages and respond to any inquiries that people have. The platform will also show people your average time for responding, which may be the difference between them even wanting to do business with you or not.

People are more likely to trust you when you are responsive and attentive, so always make yourself available to field questions. Download the app on your phone so that your customer service department is always open for business.

6. Be Sure You’re Listing in the Best Category

Visibility is everything when it comes to your Facebook Marketplace listing. As such, you’ll need to place the listing in the proper category, so that people can find it without confusion.

Resist the temptation of spamming many different categories, because it will only dilute your listings and make it more difficult for you to gain traction.

7. Stay Up to Date on Facebook’s Terms of Service

Though Facebook Marketplace is convenient, keep in mind that whenever selling on it, you are bound by the company’s terms of service. For instance, you’re not allowed to sell alcohol, pets, counterfeit or replica items or weapons on Facebook.

These terms of service are subject to change from time to time, so it is up to you to stay up to date whenever these changes occur.

You can learn more about these terms of service when you reach out to experts who earn a living selling items online.

8. Get as Much Visibility to Your Listings as Possible

Finally, make sure that you are doing everything that you can to point some attention to your listings.

Get to know the strategies that will get more eyeballs on your listings, and stay up to date with search engine optimization (SEO) practices. You can spread the word about your store via a blog or vlog, which will get your business incredible visibility that will pay dividends.

Remain interactive with your customers and with the public so that you can get the traction that will rake in dollars.

Use These Tips For Selling Items on Facebook Marketplace

Selling items on Facebook Marketplace can be quite rewarding and lucrative if you do it the right way. There is so much untapped potential, and selling on Facebook can become a stream of income that changes your life.

Check out our FAQs to learn more about the professional services we offer!

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What Are the Facebook Group Types and What Are They Used For?

Over 2.4 billion people use Facebook as of the summer of 2019.

You already know Facebook is a powerful way to advertise, as well as to keep in touch with friends and family. But you may not know about one of its biggest features: the Facebook group. Groups are a great way to meet like-minded individuals and keep up-to-date on a variety of topics.

But as Facebook changes so often, it can be overwhelming and confusing to figure out what they are exactly.

In this blog post, we’ll go over the Facebook group types, as well as some of the ways you can use them to maximize your time on the site.

Read on for more.

What is the Difference Between a Facebook Group and a Page?

Admittedly, figuring out the difference between these two can be a little bit confusing. Since Facebook rolled out the pages feature almost a decade ago, many have been trying to figure out which is which, or confused if they have “liked” a page or a Facebook group.

You can have groups that are dedicated to an author or a celebrity or specific brand. But most of the time, groups are created by that celebrity, author or brand in order to connect to you, their audience.

When you “like” a page, you get periodic updates about that individual or company. Only they can post updates. You can respond to the updates and posts, but you can’t start completely new discussions and have people respond to you.

A Facebook group allows everyone an equal voice, though there may be moderators who do not allow certain behavior and activity. In a Facebook group, you can start a conversation at any time, and others can respond to you.

A group may be run by an individual, a group of individuals, or a company.

To explain it simply, a page is there to provide a company or person a sales funnel so that you will take action related to their brand. A group is more focused on the community so that everyone can partake equally.

What is a Hidden or Secret Facebook Group?

Have you ever been invited to a Facebook group that denotes itself as secret? Or have you had someone tell you they’ll have to invite you to the specific group because not everyone can join? Or, have you seen a group change from closed to secret?

If so, you may have participated in a secret group.

These groups are invisible to the public, and they cannot find them by searching on Facebook. Often, these are groups that have sensitive information in them, such as support groups or groups in which people do not want their employers to see.

If you join one of these groups, no one but the group members can see what goes on inside of it. No one can see that you’re in the group, either, just by searching the group or your name.

This gives you a little bit of a sense of protection.

However, you should be aware that just because a Facebook group is secret, it doesn’t mean it’s completely protected. There are individuals who may have nefarious intentions who will join these groups to leak information. You also may not know everyone in the group, and despite the rules to the contrary, there may be people who will screenshot posts and share them with others.

While this does give you an added sense of security, you should still be cautious about what you post in these groups, especially if the groups are run by people that you do not know.

What is a Closed Facebook Group?

A closed Facebook group is one that you still must be invited or approved to enter. However, these groups do show up on searches for the specific groups, and depending on your settings, it may show you’re in this group by looking at your profile.

A closed group may still have sensitive information in it, and likely they will have a moderator who will either approve posts or flag when users are out of control.

Anyone can request to join this type of group, but they must be approved by a moderator. They can also be kicked out if the moderator feels they have not obeyed the rules.

What is an Open Facebook Group?

An open Facebook group is one where not only anyone can join, but anyone can read the posts in it. If someone searches for you on Facebook, they will be able to see all the posts you’ve made in this group and/or the threads in the group that you’ve replied to.

In some cases, you may need permission to join an open Facebook group or to interact in it. But you do need to be aware that everything in it is completely public.

Navigating the Facebook Group Types

These are the major Facebook group types that you may wish to join or are asked to join. Facebook groups can be about almost anything, from someone selling items, to a local community exchanging information about their neighborhood, to people interested in the same thing.

But no matter how secure a Facebook group seems, you must remember that what you post on the Internet can still possibly be accessed by people you do not want to see it.

If you have further questions on Facebook groups, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help with any of your Facebook queries.

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5 Essential Social Media Security Tips to Maintain Your Privacy

Studies show that 36% of Americans have had their online accounts hacked; 14% have had them hacked more than once. While you may not give it much thought, social media security is of the utmost importance.

You may think: all hackers will get are your silly quiz answers. Or at most, they’ll get to read conversations between you and your close friends.

But if your sensitive details fall into the wrong hands, you may run the risk of not only a compromised Facebook account but other accounts as well, such as your bank or credit card account. This is because passwords and security questions usually involve personal details that only you would know…unless a hacker gets access to your Facebook account.

If you want to be proactive and protect your social media from prying eyes, here are 5 essential social media security tips to maintain your privacy.

1. Use Different Passwords Across Your Accounts

It may be a lot easier to use one password across your multiple online accounts, but this would have a devastating effect should one get compromised.

Once a hacker gets their hands on your password, they usually try the same email/username and password combination across different sites. You may think that Facebook isn’t working since you can’t log in, but the fact is, the hacker’s gotten into your account and changed the password.

Not only that, but they may gain access to other important accounts, such as your bank account. From here, they can transfer money to themselves (or gather other important bits of information on other sites).

If you have any non-bank accounts that have a balance, they can either take advantage of that or transfer it to themselves as well. For example, if you enjoy playing a video game with your grandchildren through Steam, the hacker can hijack the account and transfer valuable items to their own account.

It may be more difficult to use different passwords across all your accounts, but this will upgrade your social media security immensely. If you have trouble remembering all your passwords, try using a secure password manager. This convenient add-on will store all of your passwords and is encrypted so no one can steal them.

2. Limit Your Public Information

It can be quite exciting to fill out as much information as you can on your Facebook profile. For instance, if you graduated in the ’72 class of a particular high school, filling out that detail can help you connect with others in your graduating class.

But leaving this information public can inadvertently lead to your accounts being compromised. For example, if your security question for your bank account is “What year did I graduate from high school?” then hackers can easily find that information by plugging in your name into Facebook’s search bar.

You can prevent this from happening by limiting your public information. You can achieve this in several ways.

The first way is by leaving your personal information blank on Facebook. However, this may not be ideal, as it can hinder your networking efforts.

The second way is to fill out your information, but to put the privacy settings from “public” to “friends only.” That way, only people you’ve screened for your friend list can see your personal details.

3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Normally, you’d only need a username/email and password to log into an account. But if you enable two-factor authentication, you’ll also need a time-sensitive code to input. Each time you log in, you’ll be sent a randomly generated code through either text or email.

Two-factor authentication may seem like a pain to deal with, but it can act as a second gatekeeper for hackers. If they somehow manage to get your password, they still won’t be able to access your accounts since they can’t obtain the code.

If someone tries to access your account but fails two-factor authentication, Facebook (and other sites with this feature) will let you know. If you get a notification of a failed log-in, it’s best to change all your passwords, to be on the safe side.

4. Only Accept Friend Requests From People You Know

It can be amazing to make friends from all around the world with the click of a button. Social media offers you a convenient glimpse into cultures from all around the world.

But that doesn’t mean you should accept any and all friend requests. Many of these people are scammers are hoping to gain access to your private information.

If you want to make friends who don’t live anywhere near, trying joining a Facebook group first. For instance, if you love crocheting, join one for crochet lovers.

Once you’re in, you may find someone who you click with and converse a lot with about patterns and projects. After you’ve gotten to know them and screen them as a real person, you can then consider sending a friend request. Or you can leave the conversations in the Facebook group for maximum security.

5. Disable Location Sharing

Modern technology’s made it easy for us to check into or tag locations we’re currently in. It can be beneficial if you’re planning on making a geographic diary later on.

But the location sharing feature can be a disadvantage. Even if your posts aren’t public, all the people on your friend’s list know you’re not at home. Some of the more unsavory characters may use this opportunity to rob your house.

If you still want to keep a geo diary, take pictures and don’t post them on your social media—at least not immediately. The photos will have the geo data automatically saved if you haven’t turned that feature off (it’ll show exactly when and where you took the picture). Once you’re safely home, then you can post the pictures on your Facebook account.

Keep Your Accounts Safe With These Social Media Security Tips

Social media seems like a fun way to connect with, and it can be. But unfortunately, there will always be unscrupulous people who try and gather as much information about you so they have a better chance of phishing you.

By following the simple social media security tips we’ve outlined for you above, you’ll have a better chance of keeping unsavory characters away from your personal information.

Have any more questions regarding your Facebook account? We’re here to help! All you have to do is ask our experts and they’ll help you promptly!

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6 Useful Facebook Timeline Tips Every User Should Know

As of 2019, Facebook has 2.41 billion active users, which makes it the most popular social media platform in the world. Not only is it an excellent way to network with your friends, but it’s also a great platform to express yourself on.

If you already have an account, you may have noticed there’s a bunch of ways to customize your profile and interact with your friends. But sometimes, the more choices you have, the more confusing it gets.

Don’t worry. In this article, we’ll discuss 6 useful Facebook timeline tips every user should know. You’ll be a Facebook pro in no time.

1. Select Your Preferred View Option

When you’re on your profile, you can see all the posts you’ve made. The default is “list view,” which shows each post, along with the reacts and comments from your friends.

You can also choose “grid view.” This sorts each of your posts into boxes, which lets you find certain posts more easily. For instance, if you’re searching for a picture you posted weeks ago, it’ll be more simple to scroll through grid view rather than list.

While the initial view won’t show you the reacts and comments, you can put your mouse cursor over a post to see what date’s associated with it and the reacts. To see the comments, you’ll have to click on the desired post.

You can swap between either view, so don’t think it’s a permanent decision.

2. Change Your Profile Picture

Your profile picture is what everyone on Facebook will identify you with, so make sure you upload a clear photo of yourself. While you may or may not be particularly attached to one picture, you should know that it’s not permanent. You can change your profile picture however many times you want!

Not only that, but there are frames you can choose for your photo too. These can either be permanent or temporary.

For instance, you can choose a frame for your favorite sports team for the time frame of when they’re in the championships. Once that period is over, your profile picture will return to normal.

Facebook makes it very easy to choose a photo of your liking. Once you click on “update profile picture,” it’ll show you your tagged photos, as well as your mobile uploads and pictures from your uploaded albums.

If you don’t like any of those images, you can also upload your own pictures from your computer. Or, if you’re fond of a previous profile picture, you can choose that one as well!

3. Set a Cover Photo

The cover photo is like the banner for your timeline. When someone clicks on your name, this will be the most prominent thing they see when they navigate onto your page. Because of this, you’ll want to pick something that’s representative of who you are.

Like with your profile picture, you can select a photo from your albums. This can be perfect if you want to display some important events in your life.

You can also create a collage. Just select the images you want from your albums; you can choose up to 6. The collage editor will automatically space them out across the dimensions to optimally display each photo you select.

Should you want to change your cover photo in the future, all you have to do is click on “update cover photo.”

4. Edit Your Personal Information

When people search for you on Facebook, they’ll be able to see information about you, such as places you’ve lived, contact information, and other details. You can fill in as many blanks as you want, but keep in mind these are set by default as public information.

For information you want to hide or restrict to friends only, click on the category. Then, you’ll usually see an icon of the world with “public” written next to it. Click on the dropdown menu and you can change to friends, only me, custom, or some other settings based on the location and groups your friends are in.

5. Share Life Events

Has something huge and exciting recently happened in your life? Then you should shout it out to the whole world! Or in this case, to all your Facebook friends!

Find the blank box that says “What’s on your mind?” to start. At the top, at the right-hand corner, you’ll see a flag icon with “life event” written.

When you click on it, you’ll be able to select a category, such as work, relationship, or family. You can then select a date, tag friends, add a location, and a short description.

When you click on “share,” all your friends will see your milestone! They’ll be able to comment on it and it’ll be saved in your timeline.

6. Manage Your Posts

Regret making a post or two? No problem!

Click on the button that says “manage posts.” You can then select posts individually or by month.

Once you’ve picked out all the posts you want gone from your timeline, you can do one of two things: you can either hide or delete the posts.

If you’re a sentimental person and want to remember the bad with the good, hiding the posts may be a better idea than outright deleting them. Otherwise, you can say goodbye to them forever with a click of a button.

Personalize Your Facebook Timeline

With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to personalize your Facebook timeline smoothly and easily.

The next time you want to make a post, you’ll be able to do so with the right audience. Or you can take advantage of the amazing features on it to make your profile look exactly how you want it. The possibilities are endless!

Do you still have questions about how Facebook works? Then ask our experts now!

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How to Block Facebook Ads

Do you ever feel bombarded with all the Facebook ads that pop up while scrolling or when watching videos?

You’re not the only one. However, keep in mind Facebook has over 2.2 billion users. This makes it a prime platform for businesses reaching for new audiences.

Fortunately, there are ways to block Facebook ads. With a little expert help, you can enjoy an ad-free Facebook experience.

Read on below to understand how:

What is a Facebook Ad?

A Facebook ad is a form of advertisement made by a business sent out to a Facebook audience. It’s based on their users’ activities, demographics, and profile information. In some cases, these ads also use your device information and your activities outside Facebook.

Each advertiser is different since they have their own set of goals. Some could have objectives in line with your interests, meaning you’ll get ads that show your interests on time. But in most cases, they can become intrusive and distracting.

With that, you need to take matters into your own hands by either reducing irrelevant ads or eliminating everything.

How to Block Facebook Ads

Facebook is a great social media platform, but its recent delve into more monetization methods made it inconvenient to some people. You’ll see sponsored posts as well as advertisements in their messenger app. With about 3 million businesses investing in Facebook Ads, it’s no surprise that you’d like to block them off.

The worst part is that Facebook needs revenue to keep its operations. That’s why the platform doesn’t have any “remove ads” feature within its platform. The only option you have is to customize your ad preferences.

Customizing ad preferences won’t remove or lessen the ads. But at least they’re better suited to the things that interest you. But if you want to block Facebook ads completely, you’ll need to use third-party software.

Here are some methods you can use:

How to Remove Irrelevant Facebook Ads

There are two ways for you to start seeing relevant ads on Facebook at least. This doesn’t remove all the Facebook ads in your newsfeed, but it gets rid of the most irrelevant ones.

Giving Regular Feedback

You can do this by clicking the three-dots button located in the upper right corner of the sponsored post. This will open a set of options, where you need to choose “Hide Ad.” This will ensure that you won’t see similar ads in the future.

Another option is to pick “Report Ad” if you find it offensive. Regardless, Facebook will give you a chance to explain why you chose to hide the ad. You can choose whether it’s irrelevant, misleading or offensive, or annoyingly persistent.

Customizing Your Preferences

Look at the upper right corner of your Facebook page and click the small triangle. Pick “Settings” and choose the “Ads” section located at the left side of your screen. This takes you to the Ad Preferences dashboard.

Pick “Your Interests” and check whether the information is correct. It’s important to list down as many interests as you’re comfortable with. That way, you’ll have a more personalized ad experience, meaning you’ll get more relevant ads.

Click “Your Information” and check the categories your profile is part of. You can adjust these settings to suit your preferences. After all, most advertisers will use this information to target the right audience.

You can also look at your “Ad Settings” since this enables you to disallow Facebook from using your behavior data on other sites and apps for their ad targeting process. If you want to ban specific ad topics like alcohol, click “Hide Ad Topics”.

How to Stop Facebook Ads Using an Ad Blocker

Customizing your ads isn’t always enough to remove the inconvenience they cause you. If you want to block off all the ads, you need to outsmart the platform. What you need to do is to get an ad blocker that stops the ads at a system level.

You can search the internet for these ad blockers and put them as part of your browser extensions. Once installed, it does the job on its own, as long as you don’t deactivate it. The best part is that most ad block extensions will also block various ads regardless of whether you’re visiting a website or using an app.

You can also use an ad blocker app that stops ads at a deeper level. That means you won’t have to install an adblocker extension for every browser you’re using. These often come at a price, but their blocking power is often worth the price tag.

How to Stop Ads in Facebook Messenger

This is the newest type of ad Facebook implemented for its messenger app. It’s also one of the most intrusive forms of ads so far. In-messenger ads often distract you more than the sponsored posts since the latter looks native at least.

Also, Facebook Messenger ads take more screen space compared to your actual friend conversations. That makes navigating your inbox a more frustrating experience. The worst part is that in-messenger Facebook ads use a new form of technology.

So, what does this mean? To put it simply, there is no means of blocking these ads for now. But most ad blocker companies are researching the technology to block it off. But for now, you should stay tuned and wait for more updates.

Get Rid of Facebook Ads Today!

These are the easiest ways for you to block Facebook ads. It isn’t much of a hassle since it doesn’t require a lot of effort to do. It’s important to remember that ads make up the majority of Facebook’s revenue, so it’s expected for them to develop technologies to counteract ad blockers soon.

Do you need help from professionals, regardless of their field of expertise? Feel free to read our other guides, like this one helping you determine if Facebook went down or if the problem is at your end.

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How to Temporarily Deactivate Facebook: Your Complete Guide

Facebook is a great platform to connect to friends or expand your business. However, new studies show it can also lead to depression.

Fortunately, stepping away and staying safe without losing everything isn’t difficult.

If you’re planning to take a hiatus on social media, you need to learn how to temporarily deactivate Facebook. It’s simple enough, but if you lack the savviness in social media, you can always get Facebook experts to assist with the process.

Need help learning how to deactivate your Facebook account? Read on and find out more:

What’s the Difference Between Deactivating and Deleting a Facebook Account?

A lot of people mistake account deactivation with account deletion. These are entirely different processes since the latter is more serious compared to the former. Their only similarity is that they’ll both get your Facebook account offline.

Here are the differences between deactivating and deleting your account:

Facebook Account Deactivation

If you deactivate, you can always reactivate it at your leisure. In the meantime, people can’t search for you or see your timeline. But some information related to you will still be visible, such as the messages you sent to other people.

In case you reactivate, Facebook will have a backup of your account information. That means some information like your friends and interests will remain.

Facebook Account Deletion

Deleting your Facebook account means that the platform will hold on to your account after you request deletion. The platform cancels your deletion request if you log in within this period. In most cases, it’s within a few days after you delete your account.

Once the grace period passes, you won’t regain access to your Facebook account. But your stored data will stay up to 90 days in their backup system. The good news is that Facebook can’t access them.

Information like your sent messages will remain active since it isn’t stored in your account. Your log records can remain in Facebook’s database. The good news is that the company claims that such information becomes disassociated from your identifiers.

How to Temporarily Deactivate Facebook

Did you know that about 30% of people who use social media spend more than 15 hours online each week? Studies found that it contributes to your inability to enjoy real life. If you want to take a break from Facebook and other social media, here’s how to temporarily deactivate Facebook:

Look at the top right portion of your Facebook page. This is the same regardless of the browser and device you’re using. Look at the down arrow and click it since it opens the account menu.

When you get there, pick the “Settings” option. Once you’re there, go to the “General” page and choose “Manage Account.” You’ll see a lot of different options under this section, but skip to the very bottom since it’s where you’ll see the header for “Deactivate Your Account.”

As soon as you click the “Deactivate Your Account” option, Facebook will ask for your password. Before you can complete the process, Facebook will ask you for a reason for your deactivation. Select the most appropriate option before you finish confirming your temporary deactivation.

Always remember that you can come back at any time.

How to Restore Your Facebook Account

The best part about Facebook is that the account restoration process is simple. All you need to do is to go log back into Facebook using your username and password. An alternative is to go to a third-party app or website and use your Facebook credentials to log in.

Whatever the case, Facebook will send a verification code in your email address or mobile device. It’s to ensure that you’re the one logging in using your account. Make sure that your account’s listed email address and mobile number is up to date.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account From a Desktop Browser

Before you start with the deletion process, make sure that it’s something you’re set on doing. Once you’re set on abandoning the platform for good, go to the “Settings” and select “Your Facebook Information.”

Choose “Deactivation and Deletion” and pick the second option. As soon as you click on the button that says “Continue to Account Deletion,” you’re taken to the Deletion page. This screen will give you options before you complete the process.

On this screen, you have the option to switch to Facebook Deactivation instead. It will remind you that deleting your Facebook account also means deleting your Messenger and all your messages. It gives you one last reminder before you continue with the deletion.

You also have the option to download your Facebook information. It also lists the number of photos, posts, and other information stored within your account. It’s always great to make backups of your Facebook info, so click on the “Download Info” button first.

Once you’re ready to proceed, click on “Delete Account”. This will finish the entire process and remove your Facebook account as soon as the grace period ends.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account from the Mobile App

Using your mobile app to delete Facebook is similar to the browser process. You also have the option of downloading all your data. But if you’re a long-time user, you should do it on a computer since you’ll have a lot of information.

The only difference is that you should tap the three vertical lines located on the top right corner of your mobile screen. Look at the “Privacy and Settings” section and select “Settings.” From there, you’ll see “Account Ownership and Control”.

As soon as you tap that option, everything will be the same. Finish up the process and you’re done.

Get More Facebook Help Today!

If you want to know how to temporarily deactivate Facebook, this is the guide for you. It’s okay to take a break from social media sometimes, and this option serves that purpose. Don’t hesitate to take a step back and enjoy what the real world has to offer.

Do you need expert assistance? Take time to read our other guides today, like this one discussing what to do when Facebook isn’t working.

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