Recently I saw many students circulating a link that appears to be a spam regarding free recharge to their mobile. This made me write this blog to help students to avoid falling prey to such tricks and their Facebook page getting hacked.
Here are the steps to secure your Facebook account.
- Go to your Account Settings. Click the Security icon on the left and select Secure Browsing and press EDIT on the right. Put a checkmark in the box next to “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible.” Click Save Changes
- Enable login notification. Click on the login notifications and check the check box for email. This will alert you when your Facebook account has been accessed from a new device. If somebody who isn’t you is accessing your account, you’ll get an email.
- Change your password early and often. First don’t have a single password for every online account you have. Your password should be at least 6 digits or more; should contain a mixture of letters, digits, punctuation and both capital and lowercase letters. Here is a smart way of remembering and creating passwords https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/simple-ways-of-remembering-passwords/
If you see weird posts (free recharge of mobile phones etc) and messages on your Facebook page that you didn’t put there, that means somebody hacked or guessed your password. First step in the recovery process is to change your password immediately. Make sure your email account is safe but if someone already hacked your email account also then you should not use that email account as your primary email account on Facebook. Click above links to know how to create a secure password.
Be careful with scams and links from friends.
When people on Facebook send you links don’t click on the link blindly. Scammers can hijack your account if you click “Like button” or ” Comment” on unknown links sent by your friends. For example: The bogus “Remove facebook time line scam” http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/remove-facebook-timeline-themed-scam-circulating-on-facebook/9989?tag=search-results-rivers;item0
OR recharge cell phone scam now circulating. Clicking “comment” or “Like” on that; one could allow the scammer to hijack your account.
When your Facebook account is hacked or compromised, hackers can hack your friends accounts also by sending misdirecting links to your friends accounts. These could be in the form of wall to wall posts, mass private messages, or even chat communications. Be mindful of any of your friends sending these kind of links. Instead of clicking on the links that your friends sent copy and paste that link in Google.com, bing.com etc and click search. That will allow you to know if that link is secure or fake. .
Stop trusting Apps.
I see many students using birthday apps, astrology apps etc but many are bad and should be avoided. By using apps you are allowing the apps developer access your account information and private data. They can do anything with your information. They may guess your password or send you some malicious (Nasty ) links
Fake Facebook webpages.
Make sure you type the URL of the Facebook page correctly otherwise your typing mistakes can take you to a fake Facebook page. These fake login pages are usually a near perfect copy of Facebook’s actual login page. Another trick hacker uses is when you successfully logged to real Facebook page, another login screen link appears and you accidently clicked on that malicious link or application and re-enter your user id and password. If you are using a fake Facebook page then unknowingly you share your Facebook login details with hackers. To identify the fake Facebook page look at the URL of the page on the top. Although hackers can make exact copies of the actual login page, they are unable to use the same URL. Whenever you login too, or are asked to re-login to Facebook, you should always make sure that the URL is always http://www.Facebook.com. A common way hackers deceive people is by having a URL that may appear to be the same but is in fact slightly different. For Example: http://www.Faccbook.cm or http://www.FacBook.com(please don’t click on this links)
Antivirus and security software.
Don’t log in to Facebook or emails, bank accounts on a computer you don’t know. Make sure that you have adequate security software – anti-virus, anti-malware software up to date. Most of the PC’s you access in public places, colleges are NOT secure and may have viruses or key loggersoftware to steal your password. There will be key logger software’s (when you type user id/passwords they will be sent to hackers machines) or remote access Trojan (RAT) on computers that are not up to date on anti-virus and anti-malware security and all your personal information is available for hackers to misuse it..
Don’t confirm any unknown as your friend.
It’s tempting to have many friends on Facebook and all of us will get the occasional unsolicited friend request from someone we don’t quite recognize. Connecting with people is what Facebook is all about; which hackers love so much and it’s perfectly fine to accept these requests but you should immediately contact that person or do a little research on their profile , photos, timeline to figure out if they are real or fake, having any unobjectionable comments, semi/nude photos etc. and if so then unfriend them immediately .
Another trick hackers use is to send fake friend requests. Facebook has measures in place to allow users who lose or forget their Password and secret answer to recover their account with the help of three of their “trusted friends”.
To gain access to your account, all a hacker needs to do is pretend like you and send request to your trusted friends requesting your account password and secret answer. Once they have access to that information they can reset your accounts password. After a 24 hour freeze out period following the password reset, the hacker is able to have full access to your account.
Facebook use on your mobile phone (sourced from online forums)
It is becoming increasingly more popular for Facebook users to access their accounts via their mobile phones, with many mobile phone service providers even offering free access to Facebook as part of their service. Although smart phones and free access makes it easier for users to check their Facebook accounts it may also be making it easier for hackers to hack their accounts. In many countries, the network signal provided by service providers is not encrypted, so hackers have the ability to access the data that flows between the mobile and mobile operator with relative ease. They can gain access to all of the information that the user is sending out and is receiving.
Facebook messages can wait till you reach your home and use your computer, otherwise always check to see if you service provider offers an encrypted network signal.
Facebook as made our user account secure by providing some useful setups. Click to know more here http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=486790652130
So next time you are on facebook think of this blog and many such blogs I write for the benefit of people and do visit for more useful tips and knowledge. Happy socializing…….