How Hackers do Hack Facebook ? How to Protect Yourself From Them

We share our lives on Facebook. We share our birthdays and our anniversaries. We share our vacation plans and locations. We share the births of our sons and the deaths of our fathers.

But we sometimes forget who's watching.

We use Facebook as a tool to connect, but there are those people who use that connectivity for malicious purposes. 

We reveal what others can use against us. They know when we're not home and for how long we're gone. They know the answers to our security questions. People can practically steal our identities  and that's just with the visible information we purposely give away through our public Facebook profile.

In this article I'll show you these, and a couple other ways that hackers can hack into someone's Facebook account. But don't worry, I'll also show you how to prevent it from happening to you.

1. Reset the Password

The easiest way to "hack" into someone's Facebook is through resetting the password. This could be easier done by people who are friends with the person they're trying to hack.

  1. The first step would be to get your friend's Facebook email login. If you don't already know it, try looking on their Facebook page in the Contact Info section. Still stuck? Hackers use scraping tools to extract mail id.
  2. Next, click on Forgotten your password? and type in the victim's email. Their account should come up. Click This is my account.
  3. It will ask if you would like to reset the password via the victim's emails. This doesn't help, so press No longer have access to these?
  4. It will now ask How can we reach you? Type in an email that you have that also isn't linked to any other Facebook account.
  5. It will now ask you a question. If you're close friends with the victim, that's great. If you don't know too much about them, make an educated guess. If you figure it out, you can change the password. Now you have to wait 24 hours to login to their account.
  6. If you don't figure out the question, you can click on Recover your account with help from friends. This allows you to choose between three and five friends.
  7. It will send them passwords, which you may ask them for, and then type into the next page. You can either create three to five fake Facebook accounts and add your friend (especially if they just add anyone), or you can choose three to five close friends of yours that would be willing to give you the password.




How to Protect Yourself

  • Use an email address specifically for your Facebook and don't put that email address on your profile.
  • When choosing a security question and answer, make it difficult. Make it so that no one can figure it out by simply going through your Facebook. No pet names, no anniversaries — not even third grade teacher's names. It's as easy as looking through a yearbook.
  • Learn about recovering your account from friends. You can select the three friends you want the password sent to. That way you can protect yourself from a friend and other mutual friends ganging up on you to get into your account.

2. Use a Keylogger

A software keylogger is a program that can record each stroke on the keyboard that the user makes, most often without their knowledge. The software has to be downloaded manually on the victim's computer. It will automatically start capturing keystrokes as soon as the computer is turned on and remain undetected in the background. The software can be programmed to send you a summary of all the keystrokes via email.




How to Protect Yourself

  • Use a firewall. Keyloggers usually send information through the internet, so a firewall will monitor your computer's online activity and sniff out anything suspicious.
  • Install a password manager. Keyloggers can't steal what you don't type. Password mangers automatically fill out important forms without you having to type anything in.
  • Update your software. Once a company knows of any exploits in their software, they work on an update. Stay behind and you could be susceptible.
  • Change passwords. If you still don't feel protected, you can change your password bi-weekly. It may seem drastic, but it renders any information a hacker stole useless.

3. Phishing

This option is much more difficult than the rest, but it is also the most common method to hack someone's account. The most popular type of phishing involves creating a fake login page. The page can be sent via email to your victim and will look exactly like the Facebook login page. If the victim logs in, the information will be sent to you instead of to Facebook. This process is difficult because you will need to create a web hosting account and a fake login page.




How to Protect Yourself

  • Don't click on links through email. If an email tells you to login to Facebook through a link, be wary. First check the URL . If you're still doubtful, go directly to the main website and login the way you usually do.
  • Phishing isn't only done through email. It can be any link on any website / chat room / text message / etc. Even ads that pop up can be malicious. Don't click on any sketchy looking links that ask for your information.
  • Use anti-virus & web security software, like Norton or McAfee.




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