Undoubtedly, Facebook is the most popular social networking website with more than 1.65 Billion users. Because of its popularity, many hackers are effectively involved in hacking Facebook accounts of clueless users. In this article, I will discuss the techniques that such programmers or Hackers use to hack Facebook account of hundreds of users every day and how you can prevent them from hacking your account.
Email Address Hack
I have always been confused by Facebook’s leniency in this matter. A hacker only needs your name and he will be conveniently shown your email address at your profile details. If a hacker has your email account he can then easily hack your Facebook account and most importantly he can access everything linked with your email address if he “guesses” your password ( if you have a weak password or a very common password) or your common security questions. This is something I hope Facebook enhances timely.
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Here are some tips you can use to protect your Facebook account.
How to protect your Email Address?
Simply follow the steps Mentioned Below
1. Hide your Email Address
First Hide email address by clicking on Edit Profile and then Contact Information. After that Click on the icon next to your email address and set it to ‘Only Me’.
2. Change Primary Email
Change your Primary email address to an email that is only known to you by going to Account Settings then click on Email tab and change your primary email to the new one (known just to you) and remove previous email addresses.
3. Extra Security
For extra security, when in Account Settings, check ‘Secure browsing’ and choose the option “Send me an email when new PC or cell phone sign into this account” and click Save.
Phishing is one of the most simplest way to track users into giving out their login details. Hackers set up a page which is similar to that of the Facebook homepage, connect a server sided script to track the username and password entered and store it in a log. Sending users emails expressing that somebody tagged a photograph of them on Facebook and giving a link beneath to the phishing site further reduces the chances of it being recognized as a fake. Sometimes, spam Facebook applications, similar to those promising to tell who saw your Facebook profile, automatically post links to phishing sites. A new trend amongst phishers is making Facebook look-a-like widgets for tracking user’s login credentials.
How to keep yourself from being phished?
No matter what, avoid clicking on suspicious links. Always check the URL in the address bar before entering your details. Avoid logging in through different “Facebook widgets” offered by sites and websites. Always use Facebook’s home page to sign in. Continuously attempt to utilize Safe Search while searching. In the event that you do figure out how to get phished, report the site so that others may get a notice before visiting it.
Keylogging through Keyloggers
Keylogger is a kind of PC virus that basically tracks keystrokes. Keyloggers can be installed remotely on a computer to record all the action happening in the victim’s PC. Keylogging gets more simple if the hacker has physical access to the victim’s PC.
How to stop keyloggers?
Install a decent antivirus and keep it updated. Try not to click on suspicious links and avoid downloading illegal software. Also, avoid installing free toolbars and other spam software. Scan the external drives like pen Drives before utilizing them on your PC.
Social engineering includes using any trick to trick the client into making himself defenseless against exploits. This could include anything from sending spoof emails, pretending to be from Facebook, telling you to change your password to 123456789 to a hacker maliciously getting out the solution for your security question in a chat or discussion.
How to keep yourself from being socially engineered?
Stay active during chats or discussions. Utilize an extremely tough security question, ideally one whose answer you could never disclose to anybody. Additionally, Facebook, or some other companies that are concerned, will never request you to change your password to 123456789. Always think before taking actions and your Facebook will be safe from hackers hoping to hack Facebook accounts.