Facebook accounts are being hacked by phishers
We’ve all heard about it: phishing. It’s a term that has been brandished about for as long as there are places to enter ad accounts to access.
And at one point or another, we’ve been targeted by a phishing scam. How many times have you received an email that looks legit but seems slightly off? It’s that one email that looks exactly like the Yahoo, Google or Facebook page. And it’s asking for you to log in for whatever reason by clicking the link on the email body. Except that’s not the usual web address you use to access any of those pages, is it? Most of the time, it doesn’t even have the name of the supposed website you’re accessing on the url listed on the email at all.
With the popularity of social networking in general, and Facebook in particular, hackers have taken to copying the Facebook page in an attempt to gain access to the accounts of the over 1 billion people who are members of the social media behemoth. Hackers will often hold the advantage in terms of hacking Facebook accounts and although Facebook is doing their very best they are really trying in vain. And why not? Facebook is a veritable goodie bag of information.
People share everything on their FB account
People will share everything on Facebook. They’d post updates with birthdays, anniversaries, names of kids, relatives and pets, schedule school reunions and vacations and announce job promotions, among others. You can know anything you want to know by simply going through a person’s timeline. That’s a gold mine for people in the business of stealing identities and financial information.
And sure, phishing is a little bit more difficult than other hacks. But it is also the most common method to hack into someone’s account.
There are many different types of phishing. The most popular one, however, involves the creation of a fake login page. Like previously mentioned, the page will be sent through the victim’s email. It will look exactly how the Facebook login page should look. But once the victim logs in, the info is sent to the hacker and not to Facebook.
This is not easy. The hacker would have to create a web hosting account a fake login page to get it to work. But that doesn’t mean it’s enough to stop them. In fact, there are many guides on the internet that would teach anyone how to clone websites. From there, it’s a simple matter of submitting forms to copy, store or email the login information the victim enters.
So how can you protect yourself from a phishing hack?
1. DO NOT click links on emails. If you’re being told to login to Facebook using a link, check the url first. If it doesn’t say Facebook or doesn’t look like the usual url you use to log in, then ignore it. Just go directly to the Facebook website instead of clicking on the link.
2. DO NOT click suspicious-looking pop ups and links. Phishing is most commonly done through email. But they can also be done through any website, chat room or even text message. If you’re online and an ad comes up, it could very well be malicious. Resist the urge to click on it.
3. DO NOT scrimp on antivirus software. Anti-virus and web security software can go a long way into weeding out malware from your computer. Invest in a good brand like Norton or McAfee.
To sum it all up
Facebook is very tempting to hackers. Many people don’t hold back on the stuff they share on there, thinking that it’s safe and secure. And while Facebook has gone to great lengths to ensure account security, many enterprising hackers continuously find ways to find loopholes and work around existing security features. Do not make it easy on them. Learn how to protect your account by following these simple steps. You won’t regret it.