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How to protect yourself from facebook hackers?



Facebook is, undoubtedly, the most popular social networking website with more than 500 million active
users. Due to its popularity, many hackers (or should I say crackers?) are actively involved in hacking
Facebook accounts of unsuspecting users. This article outlines the many strategies that such hackers use to
gain access to Facebook accounts of hundreds of users each day and how you can stop them from hacking
your account.


Email Address Hack
I have always been puzzled by Facebook’s leniency in this matter. All a hacker needs to do is know your email address and he will be displayed a confirmation showing your name even if he enters the wrong password. How easily a hacker can then hack your Facebook account if he ‘guesses’ your password (if you
use a weak password) or answers your security question! This is something I hope Facebook improves on
quickly. Until Facebook does so, here are some tricks you can use to protect yourself from this vulnerability.
How to safeguard your Email Address?
Just follow these steps:-
Hide your Email Address from everyone by going to Edit Profile>Contact Information>Clicking on the
icon beside your email address> checking ‘Only Me’.
1. Change your primary email address to a one that is only known to you by going to Account
Settings>Email> and changing your primary email to the new one (known only to you) and
removing your previous email address.

2. For additional security, when in Account Settings, check ‘Secure browsing’ and 3. ‘Send me an email when a new computer or mobile device logs into this account’ and click Save.


Phishing
Phishing is one of the easiest ways to trick users into giving out their login credentials. All a hacker does is
setup a webpage similar in design to that of the Facebook homepage, attach a server sided script to track
the username and password entered and store it in a log. Sending people emails stating that someone
tagged a photo of them on Facebook in the same format as Facebook and giving a link below to the
phishing website further reduces the chances of it being detected as a fake. Sometimes, spam Facebook
apps, like those promising to tell who viewed your Facebook profile, automatically post links to phishing
websites. A new trend amongst phishers is creating Facebook look-a-like widgets for stealing user’s login
credentials.
How to prevent yourself from being phished?
At all costs, avoid clicking on suspicious links. Moreover, always check the URL in the address bar before
signing in. Avoid logging in through various “Facebook widgets” offered by websites and blogs. Instead,
use Facebook’s homepage to sign in. Always try to use Safe Search while searching. If you do manage to
get phished, report the website so that others may get a warning before visiting it.

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