Been testing out a few things while writing Twitter & Facebook for Seniors. There's a new setting on Facebook that is not set by default. It's a crucial addition in your arsenal to stop hackers who have managed to access your account.
When you activate this option, Facebook will send you a text and/or email if a computer or mobile device (other than ones you register) logs on to you account. (Remember that when you surf the web, you're leaving a crumb trail for sites to see with your IP address and cookies). You can register multiple devices, and once you do, it puts an tighter layer of security on your account.
1. From any Facebook page, click the Account tab at the far right on the blue bar
2. In the drop down menu that appears, select Account Settings.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the Account Settings page, and you'll see an option for Account Security. Click the Change link next to it.
4. Once in Account Security, click the radio button to select Yes as the answer to Would you like to receive notifications for logins from new devices? and click the Submit button.
This feature is not activated until you:
5. Log out of your account (from the Account drop down menu)
6. Sign back in and go back to Account: Account Settings: Account Security.
7. You'll see a pop up asking you to name the device you're logging in from. Give it a name like you did when setting up your network.
8. Click the button to Save this device.
Repeat the register process from any device you use to sign on to Facebook.
I tested this by giving my password to a girlfriend and I was notified that moment she logged on. This gives you enough time to get to your computer, change your password and avoid possible disaster!
I truly loved this post from Chris Brogan. He bought his 8 year old daughter a copy of my eBay Business All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies. I'm sure she'll need a little help reading it, because the "For Dummies" title can be deceiving. I'm very proud that I've built my career writing For Dummies books. We work crazy hard to simplify the most complex of tech and business subjects. From the email I've received over the past 12 years, I know that we've changed a lot of people's lives. Good luck, Violette!
I went up to San Francisco to be on The View From The Bay on ABC7, to talk about online shopping tips. Of course we talked about eBay, but I've also been using TheFind quite a bit. It indexes almost every store on the web!