Hacking (computer jargon term that can be translated as “take control”), a Facebook account is not a simple thing. Facebook does not use a public framework and consequently all the traditional techniques of hacking are useless. Behind Facebook there is also one of the best centers for the security on the web, which employs hundreds of security experts on the web (also hackers) ready at any time to foil attacks and protect account and user information.
Yet, almost every day I am contacted by victims of account theft; persons to whom it was mysteriously stolen (and changed) the password, users that can no longer log into Facebook which has often been changed (mysteriously) also the password ato ccess to the mail box, which of course was the same. How is this possible? What are the most common methods for discovering and steal passwords on Facebook? How do you get control of an account?
I decided to write this article NOT to promote illegal activities, I decided to list these methods to put you alert and explain how to protect your account. Just a few settings and a few tricks, just keep your eyes open and be careful what you click, where you enter your password, who has access to your computer (or tablet or phone).
On this article list the four techniques used by hackers to steal Facebook accounts. I decided to briefly explain and I will not provide further details (don’t ask me that in the comments because I could not hold me responsible for your unconscious actions).
The 4 most common methods used by hackers to steal passwords (and take control of your account) on Facebook
The easiest way to steal a Facebook account is the use of a keylogger. “A keylogger is a tool for Sniffing, hardware or software capable of intercepting everything that a user types on the keyboard of your own, or another computer.”
Possible uses of a keylogger are software or hardware. The first, most common one, are programs that once installed on your computer can record everything that is typed on the keyboard. Some have additional features: they can take a picture of the screen (screenshot) at regular intervals, can record all the usernames and passwords with the sites where they were used, they may even send all the information by e-mail at regular intervals. These software can also be installed remotely if the hacker has access to your computer.
How to protect yourself from keyloggers? Please ensure you have installed an antivirus and make sure it is updated. Do not have an antivirus? Facebook gives you eleven, just pick one. In addition to a virus would be necessary to implement a firewall (if you use windows make sure you have activated windows firewall) that attempts to block external access to your computer.
If you are at the home of a stranger (or friend who wants to cheat you the password) try not to get on Facebook from his computer. If you must, once done (do not ever forget to logout) go back home to change the login password for your account.
Keyloggers are also hardware devices that can record all the keys pressed on the keyboard. Again, attention then to use Facebook from your computer to strangers, may have the hardware keyloggers “invisible” between the software installed or between processes running on your computer.
2. The phishing
“Phishing” is a type of fraud via Internet through which an attacker tries to trick the victim into believing to provide sensitive personal information.
Attacker creates false login screens on Facebook that are then sent to the victim by email (or through private messages or shared links on Facebook itself). The user believes that Facebook is asking for the login information, and falls into the trap unaware of having given the access data to the hacker.
The link most of the time is similar to Facebook but not equal. The screen may be identical.
How to protect yourself? Always check that the domain is www.facebook.com before inserting any data access.
3. Scripting Attacks
Scripting attacks are used by real programmers, and are those attacks that you should have more fear. The hacker sends you a file (any file type, even disguised in an image file) via e-mail, message or other means.
Once you open the file data access to the victim Facebook are immediately sent to the sender. These scripts only work when you are connected on Facebook.
Alternatively, a script could install a keylogger (method 1).
How to protect yourself? Same advice as before. Install and keep updated a good anti-malware.
4. The False Attacks
Sometimes the best method is the most stupid, or perhaps the most ingenious. There are hundreds of software running on the web, video, and guides that promise to discover the password of any Facebook account. The publisher describes them as the only methods with 100% functionality, allowing you to find the password of any contact, foolproof methods that reveal passwords in a few clicks and offer complete control of the profiles.
These software are themselves the method to steal your passwords! Who will download enters their login information believed to be the hacker of the moment (let’s call him lamer) and does not know that someone has already stolen his login information.
Pay attention to what then download and run, do not enter your login details and be wary of any software, script or other type of file. If they are not stealing your passwords are almost certainly malware.
How to protect yourself
In addition to the advice given on each of the paragraphs of this article, check this list:
- Make sure you have a strong password with numbers, letters and punctuation symbols (or special characters). A good password should not be made of less than 8 characters.
- Use a different password for each site, social network and online service.
- Associate a mobile number to your account and activate the login approvals of browser accesses from strangers. Also activate notifications of access to find out who comes in with your information.
- Be careful always to the domain (facebook.com) when you enter the access data (login info).
- If you suspect that someone has stolen the access data to your Facebook visit this page and immediately signal the compromised account: https://www.facebook.com/hacked – Facebook will help you to change your password and regain control of your account.