Some time back, a Facebook account was irrelevant to hackers. There was no reason to hack anyone’s account since there was no reason for hacking an account in the first place.
Ever since it has grown to billions of users, Facebook contains enough data for hackers to use for either monetary gain or blackmail. A celebrity’s account, for example, can be hacked in order for a person to advertise a page or brand.
The hacker can also post embarrassing or discriminating posts that will leave the celeb’s fans furious. Your account is also prone to hacking even if you aren’t a celebrity. You obviously have to protect your Facebook account from malicious hackers.
It is not that hard to protect your account. Just follow these guidelines, and you’ll be good to go:
1) AVOID SAVING PASSWORDS ON PUBLIC DEVICES
Cybercafés are awesome alternatives when you do not have any data on your device. They are also reserves for passwords since most people just click on ‘yes’ on the save password dialog box.
They do so because of the rush they face during browsing. This might also happen to you. If you do not have a device to browse the web, never save your passwords on a device you have no control over.
The password will remain there, and someone will definitely log into your account without any hustle.
2) ALWAYS LOG OUT ON OTHER PERSON DEVICES
Not saving your password is not the only way to prevent hacking on public devices. Leaving your account logged in also paves the way for hackers to take control of your account.
Even if you close the browser after a session, Facebook will recognize the session as continuous for a while. If a person comes in just right after you, he should have access to your account.
You have to ensure that you have logged out and that neither your number nor email address is displayed in the authentication tabs. You’ll otherwise find some nasty posts up on your wall if the guy is aiming to destroy you.
3) OPT FOR TWO-WAY VERIFICATION
This feature sends an authentication message to your phone every time you or a hacker tries to log in to your account. You can use this through third-party software or Facebook’s verification mechanism.
When logging in, you receive a unique code that will enable you to access Facebook in that session only. Once the session has ended, you will need to receive another authentication message to access your account once more.
I know it is super inconvenient to go through all that instead of a once-click login. It is, however, better to be safe than sorry.
4) ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM PHISHING LINKS
What is phishing?Phishing is when someone tries to get access to your Facebook account by sending you a suspicious message or link that asks for your personal information. If they get into your account, they may use your account to send spam.Example: Joey gets an email saying he needs to log into his Facebook account and read an important message about his account. The email links to a strange looking website asking him to enter his username and password.I think I’ve been phished. What can I do?If you accidentally entered your username or password into a strange link, someone else might be able to log in to your account. Here are some things you can do.
- If you are able to log in to your account, learn how to secure your account by resetting your password and logging out of any devices you don’t own.
- If you can’t get into your account and your username or password don’t work, learn how to recover your account.
- If you want to see if anything strange has been happening to your account, learn how to review recent activity and check recent emails sent by Facebook.
- You can always report strange emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I avoid getting phished?Look out for suspicious emails or messages
- Don’t trust messages demanding money, offering gifts or threatening to delete or ban your Facebook account.
- Emails from Facebook about your account always come from fb.com, facebook.com or facebookmail.com. You can always visit www.facebook.com or open your Facebook app to check for important messages from us.
Don’t click suspicious links
- If you get a suspicious email or message claiming to be from Facebook, don’t click any links or attachments.
Don’t respond to these emails
- Don’t answer messages asking for your password, social security number, or credit card information.