Made me realize that I had had the same password on Facebook for a while, so I decided to change it. And then I found myself in the settings screens. I already knew that you could secure your account by enforcing HTTPS, and setup notifications whenever somebody (possibly you, or not) logs in to your account from an "unknown computer".
But the gem I found about yesterday I didn't know. Facebook offers the option to donwload everything you have ever posted to your profile, in your photo albums, on your wall, messages you have posted, basically everything. But of course not data stored in apps (like FarmVille) as that data is not hosted by Facebook.
To request a backup of your data, open facebook and then:
- Choose "Account"
- then "Account settings"
- Look a bit down the list and click the "Learn more" in the "Donwload your information" section
- As an extra security precaution, it asks you enter your password
It will It will take them a while to prepare the download file. In my case about an hour, but after that you'll receive an email with a link. After following the link and entering your password you will receive a zip-file containing your entire life ;) A shockingly small 6MB in my case.