Facebook is the number one social networking site in the world and has become a true virtual world. A billion people live both on Facebook and in real life and most of them live (spend more time) paradoxically more in this virtual world than in the real world. We all share our pictures, moods and what we think with our friends. But with the increasing use of Facebook, hackers (better to call them crackers) are increasing in number and they’re much more active in trying new methods to steal account of innocent people.
The basic problem is that many people do not care about their safety on Facebook. Nothing happens if your account gets hacked, you can always create a new one. But you easily forget that with the hacked account were taken more than a few personal and private informations. Even if there is no private informations, the account itself is one of the most personal information we have: for example, imagine if someone start to publish status updates on your behalf. These are the people who do not care about their safety on the web but after they are the first to ask for help to regain the profile stolen because someone is using it on their behalf.
Why do you should always protect your Facebook account? The answer is simple: is your online identity. Here’s what could happen if your account is breached:
- Now someone else is living your life on Facebook. This cracker can perform illegal actions: insult, threaten or even just express opinions and views on your behalf.
- Your reputation can be easily compromised.
- Your photos can be fetched and loaded somewhere, even on sites with pornographic material.
- Your data can be sold to companies and/or inserted in database advertisements.
Myths about Facebook hacking
If you think that hackers/crackers have simple tools to discover password you live in the world of fairy tales, it is not like this. If this was the case anyone could stay safe online and you could not do anything to protect your own account. So let’s say clearly that there is no tool or program that easily discovers your password. Some hackers use techniques such as phishing or resort to the procedures “forgot password” to try to take control of your account (read: how to steal passwords on Facebook). But even if they succeed Facebook has provided many ways to recover an account. Above all, in this article I will try to prevent this from happening and protect our account in the best way.
How to protect your Facebook account
Most of the time hackers use phishing and keyloggers to steal login details from a Facebook account. To protect ourselves against these techniques is easy.
1. Hide personal information such as email address and phone number from your profile.
It ‘s important to hide this information because it could be used for phishing attacks.
2. Enable secure browsing. Secure browsing (https) encrypts the connection while browsing on Facebook and in this way all information exchanged are not “in the clear ” but they are encrypted .To activate it go to your account settings to “Security” tab and change the ” safe surfing ” .
3. Add your cell phone number as a recovery option . This is the best way to recover the password in case someone has changed it. To add it you have to visit this page where you will also find information on how to improve the overall security of your account.
4. Use a good antivirus that also offers protection on the Internet to protect your system from keyloggers and trojans. Most security software also identifies suspicious phishing pages . I also remember that the best solution against phishing is to keep your eyes opened and always check the URL that you are browsing. GET A FREE ANTIVIRUS: Facebook gives you 11
5. Regularly update the browser and the operating system for the latest patch. Refreshing the browser lets you to be sure you have the latest security tools that identify dangerous downloads and links to phishing .
6. Avoid clicking on suspicious links and spam on Facebook. There are various types of scams around on Facebook that attracts users with offers , images and content spam nonexistent .
7. For girls, do not add strange smart guys .. with profile photo clearly false. If you have added a few unknown or are not sure of their identity, you must never give your personal information such as address, phone number, or information about family or friends. The speech is also true with the guys that add fake girls with supermodel photos.
If you believe that the information in this article is interesting share it on your profile and invite your friends to read it. This will increase their level of safety on Facebook.
Note: The term hacker was used only for your understanding, people who use hacking techniques for actions that can not be linked to curiosity alone are not called hackers, there is a term known as crackers.