Facebook rolls out Security Checkup tool to Android users

Facebook Security Checkup

Following the successful rollout of its Security Checkup tool for desktops, Facebook is now making this feature available to its Android users. With over 1.39 billion active mobile users as of September 2015, it was just a matter of time before this feature found its way on to phones and tablets.

So why just Android and not iOS users?

According to the company, most people connecting to Facebook on a mobile device are Android users, so it makes sense for them to bring this feature to Android first. Facebook says the tool will be coming to iOS “next”, although it’s not clear when that will be.

Security Checkup offers Android users three steps to secure their account. Firstly, it’ll help you to logout from browsers and devices where you haven’t used Facebook in a while.

Secondly, it will encourage you to turn on Login Alerts which notify you if someone else tries logging into your account from a new computer or phone.

Thirdly, it’ll offer tips for creating stronger passwords, such as not reusing login credentials, avoiding the use of names and other common words, and not sharing passwords with anyone else.

Here’s what you can do to access this feature:

1. Open your Facebook app settings. See those 3 lines on the top right hand corner (the hamburger menu)? Tap them and head to the Help Center.

step 1

2. Now type in ‘Security Checkup’ in the Ask a Question field.

Step 2

3. Tap on the first result and click on Start Security Checkup.

Step 3

The tool doesn’t cover all aspects of security on your account, but it’s a start.

For more tips on locking down the security on your Facebook account, see our 5 tips to make your account safer. We also talk about some Facebook good practices in our advent tips series.