With the way things are going, you might one day wake up to log on your Facebook account only to realize that the account is no longer yours.
That will be so disastrous right?
That means all your personal details, information, photos, and videos on Facebook gone and in the hands of someone else.
With the way your Facebook presence is so important to you these days,, the last night mare you want to wake up to is the one that your account has been hacked.
But, Facebook account hack is happening every day. According to the research, Facebook accounts are hacked 160,000 times daily. That means, right now, someone is somewhere trying to hack into somebody’s Facebook account.
Hacking is now the norm, nearly 73 percent, of all Americans, have fallen victim to some type of cybercrime. And this same thing is happening throughout the world.
Because the internet is becoming part of our lives, we should take our security online very serious.
The truth is, nobody is safe from a hack attack and no amount of security measures you adopt today can completely seal the doors and windows for a mean, sensible, bad ass hacker.
On the other hand, because you can’t do anything to keep your Facebook account 100% hack proof doesn’t mean you shouldn’t even try to close the doors at all, atleast you just have to play your part by trying to be safe and being security concious and leave the rest to Facebook.
This post will be split into two parts, the first part will show you the various ways your Facebook account can be hacked and the second part will show you the possible steps you can easily take to ensure that your Facebook’s account security is tight; making it almost impossible for any hacker that surf’s this same internet we all make use of everyday to penetrate and hack your Facebook account.
8 Hacking Methods a Hacker Can Use To Get Your Facebook Account Hacked.
Keylogging is the second easiest method, and it is very much tricky more than Phishing. This method entails using a tiny program called keylogger to record everything in which the victim types on his/her keyboard. After recording, the result is sent to the hacker via TP or email.
Steelers is the process where victims have stored their login details in their browser. We are all guilty of this one.
- Session Hijacking
This method can be used on you if you’ve not switched your connection from HTTP to HTTPS. The hacker steals your cookies which a website uses to authenticate a user. Hackers now use this to gain access to the victim’s attack
- Facebook Phishing
Phishing is the most common method available for hackers to get hold of your Facebook login details and access your Facebook account. And I will go deep on this one.
Phishing involves a hacker making a login page that bears the complete resemblance of the original Facebook login page.
The hacker will then purchase a domain name that resembles that of Facebook but it isn’t. The hacker might buy a domain name like this “faceb00k.com” or any other combination that will make it hard for an individual to notice that it’s not actually facebook’s URL.
The hacker then creates a link with the domain name, the title of the content the link will be very attractive and irresistible. Also, the image used in the post content when putting it up Facebook will also be irresistible.
Behind the front end of the cloned Facebook login page is a program that will prompt you to insert your Facebook login details before you can be able to view this content you saw the attractive image and Title the hacker posted on Facebook.
After capturing your login details, the program will deposit the captured details into the admin manager of the data center of the phishing websites they are using now.
- Other Methods Includes:
I. Side jacking/Firesheep
II. Mobile phone hacking
III. USB hijacking
IV. Man in the middle attack
VI. DNS spoofing attack
How to Ensure Total and Tightly Secured Facebook Account Security
⦁ Always make sure to Logout from any system you accessed your FB account with if it is not your own system.
⦁ Enable Secure browsing. Secure browsing (HTTPS) is a security feature that will encrypt your activity on FB.
⦁ Enable Login Notification on your Facebook account.
⦁ Create and use an unpredictable password. Mix up numbers, symbols and also use both upper and lower case alphabets.
⦁ Enable cell phone login approval
⦁ Change your password periodically.
⦁ Go through your list of apps connected to your Facebook account and deny access to anyone that you can’t remember giving access to. Also do this often.
⦁ Avoid being deceived to click on any suspicious link that claims to be Facebook. It might be a phishing page’s URL.
⦁ Do not download or install any suspicious apps.
⦁ Do not enter your login details in any app inside or outside of Facebook.
⦁ Do not share or save your Facebook password; it is better and more secure if it only exists up in your memory.
⦁ Install an anti-virus software and always scan your system for viruses.
⦁ Check your web browser for Spywares.
⦁ Always use chrome it sometimes identifies a Facebook phishing page.
⦁ Always download Softwares from trusted websites.
⦁ Avoid saving your password on your browser. Always click No or never remember whenever that box comes up.
⦁ Use VPN.
⦁ Avoid open WIFI networks.
⦁ Never share personal information via email or any messenger like FB messenger.
Most a times a hacker will be able to penetrate your account just because you have ignored putting some of this small security checks into action. Putting these safety tips into action will make it tough and almost impossible for a hacker to hack your Facebook account.