The Most Common Ways Facebook Accounts Get Hacked
Unfortunately, Facebook accounts get hacked rather frequently. Find out some of the most common hacking methods, and how you can protect your accounts.
Even with all of Facebook’s new privacy controls, don’t think for a second that your profile is 100% secure. With 17.1 billion users per month, Facebook is the Internet’s busiest social networking site, which makes it a popular destination for hackers. Considering the amount of personal information on your account, it’s important to know how to protect it against hacking. Click now to secure your account with Social Guardian:
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Most Facebook accounts are hacked by phishing. This is when the hacker “fishes” for your information by creating a portal that looks identical to Facebook’s main page. Then, they send out an email asking you to log in. If you enter your email and password, this information is automatically recorded by the hacker for future use, and your account is now compromised.
Even a tech savvy person can have a keylogging virus on their electronic device and not realize it. A keylogger program records everything that you type into your computer, tablet, or cell phone. This stolen information can include passwords, banking numbers, and other confidential data, which is transmitted to the hacker using TP or email. A keylogging attack can easily result in identity theft.
Your device’s stored password feature remembers your passwords, so you don’t have to. While this makes your life easier in the short-term, it’s not recommended for security reasons. But 80% of Facebook users still do it! You need to think long-term here because if someone hacks into your password manager, they’ll have no problem getting into your account using this saved information.
If you’re logging into Facebook on a public network, be wary of sidejacking. During a sidejacking attack, the hacker steals your access to a website. This breach allows the hacker to impersonate you for the duration of your session. It’s also known as session hijacking, or even cookie hijacking, since stolen cookies allow the hacker to break in.
On a final note: never leave your cell phone unattended, don’t trust public networks, and always log out after using Facebook. If your Android falls into a hacker’s hands, you could be facing a serious privacy breach. Cellular hacking is a worldwide problem with thousands of Facebook accounts being hacked every day. Take the necessary steps to protect your profile today — and prevent future heartache!