If you have an old phone number linked to your Facebook account, delete it. Anyone who comes into possession of that number can log into your account sans password, and you won’t get so much as a notification email.
Should I remove my phone number from Facebook?
Did you give Facebook your phone number? You can’t delete it or make it private. Setting up two-factor authentication is usually a recommended move to keep important accounts secure — but on Facebook, adding a phone number could impact privacy.
Is it safe to have phone number on Facebook?
Because the information affected can be publicly accessed, Facebook does not deem it a security issue and points out that users can control who can look them up using their phone numbers. “The privacy of people who use Facebook is extremely important to us,” said a Facebook spokesperson.
To remove a mobile phone number:
- Click in the top right of Facebook.
- Select Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.
- Click Mobile in the left column.
- Click Remove below the number you’d like to remove.
- Click Remove Number to confirm.
Facebook uses phone numbers as an extra layer of security in verifying identity, as a way to reset a password, and to connect users to people they may know.
If you’ve used your phone number to connect to any social media accounts, as social media companies often encourage you to do, a smart hacker can use your phone number to easily find your account and access it. … Hackers can also use your phone number to hijack that phone number through a process called SIM swapping.
Who can see my number on Facebook?
Although users can hide their phone number on their profile so nobody can see it, it’s still possible to “look up” user profiles in other ways, such as “when someone uploads your contact info to Facebook from their mobile phone,” according to a Facebook help article.