If we look at our lives today, social media has taken up the central stage. From our day-outs to daily routines, we have all been guilty of posting maybe “a little too much” on our online accounts; therefore, securing our accounts is of paramount importance. Facebook is one of the prime targets for hackers looking for unauthorized access to personal information. We will shed some light on common hacking techniques employed to compromise somebody’s Facebook account while also providing some practical tips to help you safeguard your account.
Standard Techniques Used by Hackers
Attackers use fraudulent emails or messages that mimic official Facebook communications to trick users into divulging their login credentials. Exercise caution if you ever get an email encountering suspicious requests for personal information.
Suspicious Emails: Think Before You Click
Emails from illegitimate sources have grown to be more sophisticated than ever. With maligned links and fake logos, it can be difficult to discern whether it’s real or not. Hackers may send emails encouraging you to click on malicious links or download attachments. Be wary of these unexpected emails asking for your Facebook login information, and refrain from clicking on suspicious links and even fake Facebook logos.
There’s a trick to verify the authenticity of a website. Before entering your credentials and ensure the connection is secure (look for “https” in the URL). If there’s no “s” after “http’, it mens that the domain is insecure.
Always avoid connecting to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks (until it’s an emergency), as they can be breeding grounds for such attacks. Hackers may position themselves between you and the Facebook server to intercept your data, including login credentials.
Keylogging: Silent Observers
Keyloggers are malicious programs that record every keystroke you make, including your Facebook login information. Keep the antivirus software and operating system up to date to protect against keyloggers, and be cautious of downloading files from untrusted sources.
Some Tips to protect your Facebook Account from hackers
Use strong Passwords
Always use numeric, alphabets, and symbols to make your Facebook password indecipherable. Avoid using easily guessable information such as names, birthdays, or common words. And don’t get lazy and set 123456… as your password. Regularly update your passwords and refrain from reusing them across different accounts.
Enable the Two-Factor Authentication Feature
It adds an extra degree of safety to your Facebook account. Enable this feature in your Facebook settings, and you will need to enter a verification code delivered to your mobile whenever you log in from an unrecognized device.
Stay Wary of Unsecured Networks
Avoid logging in to your Facebook account while connected to unsecured Wi-Fi networks, such as those in public places. Hackers can easily intercept your data on such networks. Maybe use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your network connection when accessing Facebook remotely.
Be Mindful of Password Spraying and DoS Attacks
Password spraying is an attack method where hackers attempt to gain access to multiple accounts using commonly used passwords. Protect yourself by choosing solid and unique passwords and using a password manager. Additionally, familiarize yourself with denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and learn to recognize and report suspicious activities.
Monitor Account Activity Regularly
Regularly review your Facebook account activity and keep an eye out for any suspicious logins or unfamiliar devices accessing your account. If necessary, Facebook provides tools to view active sessions and remotely log out from other devices.
- Samantha Hayes is a tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in organizing and promoting hackathons. As the Editor of hacknjill.com, Samantha is passionate about fostering innovation and collaboration within the tech community. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, she completed her bachelor's degree in Computer Science and actively participated in hackathons, fueling her dedication to bringing brilliant minds together to solve real-world problems. With a deep understanding of the industry, Samantha excels in event management, community building, and content creation. She curates engaging content, spotlights emerging trends, and empowers underrepresented groups within the tech industry. Through hacknjill.com, Samantha aims to inspire the next generation of tech leaders by providing a platform for hackers, developers, and technology enthusiasts to exchange ideas and learn from each other. She believes that by fostering inclusivity and creativity, we can unlock the full potential of the tech industry and drive meaningful change.