Are you on Facebook? Perhaps there will be barely a just few who will have a ‘NO’ answer for this considering the popularity of social media. Facebook is the most popular social networking platform with more than 500 million active users. From teenagers to even the older generation people, not just your mom dad but probably your grandparents, have also started taking resort of Facebook to get connected to their long distanced as well as nearby friends.
A platform so popular and with such a high number of users from different corner of the world is sure to become a target destination for hackers. But the question arises that why someone will hack your Facebook site? There can be many reasons for this, but it is an act of interference of your personal space without your knowledge. No one likes it and moreover Facebook account hacking puts you to the risk of identity theft. Hence, you must make efforts to prevent your account from being hacked.
Read below to learn the four ways through which a hacker can hack your account and the ways of avoiding those four ways.
Trick No.1: Email Address Hack
Facebook is quite lenient in displaying its user name, if the hacker can enter the right email ID. Even if the password is entered wrong, then also Facebook displays the name, if the email ID is correct. You can imagine how easy it is for a hacker to get your email ID, and then he can guess your password or can generate a new one by guessing your security question. It will be good if Facebook would do something about it, but till then to prevent email address hacking perform the following steps:
How to Prevent Email Address Hack
Keep your Email address hidden from everyone. To do this go to Edit Profile>Contact Information>Click the icon beside your email address> check the option 'Only Me'
Always use a familiar ID as the primary email address. It is better not to use the email that you share with everyone as the primary email. To set a new email as the primary email, go to Account Settings>Email> Enter your primary email.
Most likely, you will use the same laptop, computer or tablet to access your Facebook on daily office. Very rarely you will be in a situation when you will be using a new device. Hence, always set your account to inform you whenever, it is accessed from a new location or a new computer. To do this go to Account Settings>check 'Secure browsing'>'Send me an email when a new computer or mobile device logs into this account' and click ‘Save.’
Trick No.2: Phishing
Phishing is one of the most practiced methods through which hackers manage to grab the login credentials of Facebook or other social networking accounts. Hacker does it by setting up a webpage with a similar design as that of Facebook’s homepage. Then he attaches a server sided script to that site. With these little fixes, the hacker can easily track the username and password if you get tricked to consider that fake Facebook page to be the actual one and inevitably feed your login credentials.
Now, the question is how the hacker will direct you to that fake home page. This is usually done by sending you an email stating that someone has tagged a photo of yours and then a link is provided in the mail, which is supposed to take you directly to Facebook Home Page. But this is a phishing link and by clicking on it you will be landed on a fake website. This is just one of the tricks; there are various other tricks as well like spam Facebook apps that promise to reveal to you the visitors of your profile.
How to prevent from being phished?
To stay protected from phishing, all you need to do is to remain alert and vigilant. Be a little bit attentive before clicking any link received in emails. Before signing in to any Facebook home page, first check the URL cautiously. Try not to logging using various "Facebook widgets" offered by websites and blogs. Better, you type the URL of Facebook, i.e. www.facebook.com which will straight away take you to the actual site without any ambiguity.
Trick No.3: Keylogging through Keyloggers
Keylogger is a type of computer virus. It has the capacity to track the strokes of keys of your keyboard. Hackers might get Keyloggers installed in your system remotely using a cracker. Then the hacker will be able to record all the activity going on your computer. Keylogging gets easier if the hacker gets physical access to your computer.
How to stop keyloggers?
To stop keyloggers, you need to install an effective and high rated antivirus on your system and keep it updated so that it can defect and fight against even the recently discovered viruses. Moreover, avoid clicking on suspicious links and downloading illegal software. It will be more helpful, if you can avoid installing free toolbars, which are more of spam software. Before using third party flash and pen drives on your computer, make sure to scan it.
Don’t take Facebook hacking lightly, considering the fact that it doesn’t have your bank details so even if it is hacked you won’t have much at stake. This social media form is such that it might let you lose your social reputation and integrity if it gets hacked by people with really bad intentions against you. Hence, stay safe by avoiding it from being hacked.
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Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve remote computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
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