It’s one of the hard truths of the Internet: hackers want your information. They work hard and in cunning ways to get it. What would happen if your Facebook account was compromised? What kind of information would a hacker get about you?

They’d learn a lot of very personal stuff about you and your friends. They’d know who are your family members and with whom you have the most imitate, trusted relationships. With control of your Facebook, a hacker can send people messages, post information to risky sites and more. They could, in effect, have you life in their hands.

I’ve never had this happen with my Facebook account, but I’ve had similar with Hotmail and I can tell you it’s more than an inconvenience, it’s an invasion. And, in my specific case it was embarrassing since people in my address book started receiving suspect emails and invitations (relating to dating websites) supposedly from me.

But Facebook has introduced a simple security function that can help protect you from hackers. You can request an email or SMS notification if someone accesses your Facebook account from a computer or handheld device that is unknown to you. Once you receive such a notification, you’ll need to login as soon as possible and change your password information to get full control of your account back.

  • Just click on the Account button on the top right of your Facebook profile.
  • Then click on ‘account settings’.
  • On ‘account security’ click ‘change’.
  • Look for ‘Get notified by SMS or email if a new computer or mobile device logs into your account’ and set it to ‘on’.

It’s as simple as that. And it’s well worth the effort to get enhanced Facebook security.