- Facebook is undoubtedly one of the best social networking sites, with 17.1 billion users per month. But, that doesn’t mean it is immune from hacking attacks. Hackers have field day hacking accounts on this site. With so much personal information stored in it, it is extremely important to prevent hackers from hacking accounts. But, how do most hacking attacks take place? Let’s explore the same in the current blog post.
- If you spend hours on Facebook, you must definitely read the current blog post.
- In this post, we will be covering the ways a Facebook Account is hacked and the steps to take when a Facebook account is hacked.
Ways a Facebook Account is hacked
Let us get right to the list. Here we go:
1) Phishing –
Phishing is the most common way of hacking Facebook accounts. The hacker creates a portal similar to the main page of Facebook and sends an email requesting you to log in with your credentials. The moment you do so, the hacker gets access to your information, records the same and your account is hacked.
2) Keylogging –
Keylogging is also one of the ways a Facebook account is hacked. A keylogging virus attacks your device and gets access to the information typed by you. The stolen information not only includes your Facebook password but also bank details, and other confidential information. How does the hacker get the data? Through an email or TP.
3) Saved Passwords –
You must be aware of the “stored password” feature on your device that remembers your password on your behalf so that you don’t have to type in the password again and again. Although it makes logging in easier, it may compromise the security of your device. A hacker may hack into the password manager of your device and get access to the stored information.
4) Sidejacking –
This is another way a Facebook account is hacked. Logging into your Facebook account on a public network can make you a victim of sidejacking. A sidejacking attack is one by which the hacker gets access to your website. Sidejacking is also known by the name of session hijacking as the hacker tries to behave like you are using the website throughout the session. Cookie hijacking is another name for this hacking attack as the hacker makes use of stolen cookies to hack your site.
Steps to take when a Facebook Account is hacked
What will you do when your Facebook account is already hacked? Here are the steps you should follow:
1) Step 1 – Be sure of the hacking attack – You need to be sure if the hacking attack resulted in a serious data breach or the hacker was just browsing through your account. You can be sure by visiting HavelBeenPwned. You need to check if you can still log in to your account by going to Settings>Security>Login and checking the last devices from which log in happened. If you see something fishy, immediately change your password. If you are unable to log in, it means hackers have changed the password of your account. Take help from a trusted person and cross-check if your profile picture has been changed or if new posts have been put up.
2) Step 2 – Report the hacking attack to Facebook, if you are unable to log in – You need to visit https://www.facebook.com/hacked/ in case you are unable to log in to your Facebook account and report the hacking attack directly to Facebook.
3) Step 3 – Go for a password change – To ensure safety, the best thing to do is change all the passwords that you have set. Go to Settings and Privacy>Settings>Security and Login>Login>Edit and change your password.
4) Step 4 – Make your account safer and secure – The next wise thing to do is make use of Facebook’s two-factor authentication so that you get a code at the time of a log-in attempt for verification. The steps to enable two-factor authentication are Setting>Security and Login> Two-factor Authentication.
5) Step 5 – Inform your friends about the hacking attack – Inform your friends about the hacking attack to make them aware of the same.
6) Step 6 – Go through your privacy settings again – Privacy Settings give you absolute control over your own account. Therefore, going through your privacy settings is extremely important to stay safe and secure on Facebook.
They say, “Prevention is better than cure” and it holds true on Facebook too. Be careful about what you post on Facebook and make sure, at all times, that the location option on your phone is not turned on. This will provide a double layer of protection to your account and help you stay safe and secure.