How to Protect your Facebook Account from Hackers
It is no new story that Facebook hackers are seriously in operation since the launch of this popular social media platform.
Their major aim is to get hold of their victims’ confidential details which they so often use to carry out some of their fraudulent activities which include fraud (online theft), scamming etc.
Many of them use their victim’s account to exploit the people on their contact (Facebook friends). That is, after they have succeeded in hacking someone’s account, they will pretend to be that person and will then use that identity and opportunity to dupe the person’s friends. I know you wouldn’t want that to happen to you. Or would you? Well, if you wouldn’t want to increase the number of their victims, please read on and pay close attention to details.
However, with the foregone knowledge, it is crystal clear that securing your Facebook Account is indispensable. Yes you need to keep those bad guys away from your social accounts.
Therefore, in this tutorial, I will share with you some useful tips that will help you secure your Facebook Account if you implement them carefully.
The first among the list has to do with the most important aspect of your account—your Facebook Password.
Your password is to your Facebook account what a padlock or key is to a money safe. However, what will happen if the padlock that is used to secure the money safe is not strong? We can only be sure of one thing—it will soon be broken into. The same thing is applicable to your Facebook account if the padlock (password) you use to protect it is not strong enough.
Hence, it is highly imperative to set up a strong password to secure your Facebook Account which is the first measure we are taking on this list.
Set a Strong Password for your Facebook Password
Use “hard-to-guess” keywords. Learn to mix numbers, letters and symbols in your Password. Example: [email protected]#yP%.
Note: Use a combination of Uppercase and lowercase letters.
Do NOT use your phone number, example:09008291590, your Name, example:John Mark, your nickname, example: JoeMan or any easy-to-guess keywords as your password. In other words, do not use weak passwords.
Keep your Facebook Account’s Phone Number Safe
Your Facebook account phone number is that mobile number you entered in the number field during the time of registration. You can recall that you were asked to verify that you’re the owner of the number before you were logged in. If you did that, you took a very important step towards securing your account. Why is that? You may ask. The reason is that you will need it to reset your password if you forget it or if some tampers with your account. So, it is very important to keep that number safe.
The third option among the list has to do with what you might have been doing but do not know that it can cause you your facebook account and most likely, your personal identity.
Do Not Log into your Facebook Account from your Friend’s Phone
It is not safe to access your facebook account from your friend’s phone. Logging in to your account from your friend’s phone leaves your facebook account vulnerable to attack. So when next you feel the urge to access your facebook account from other people’s phone maybe because there is a huge amount of data in it, stop and think before you continue. However, if you can’t help it, do not forget to log out and also clear cache and cookies after using it.
Beware of Phishing sites
Phishing sites are those webpages that are designed to look exactly like facebook login page. Such pages are developed by hackers. The aim is to trick unsuspecting persons into entering their facebook details which are automatically mailed to the hacker’s email on submission.
How to Spot and Avoid Phishing Sites
Do not login to your facebook account from any website other than facebook official website which is https://www.facebook.com, https://m.facebook.com. Notice the https on the above URLs (links). Most phishing sites do not have that. However, some super smart phishing sites do. Therefore, be observant enough to see and confirm that the spellings of facebook on the address bar is correct. Doing this is important because hackers oftentimes use fake URLs like the followings: https://www.faccebook.com, https://www.faceebook.com, or https://www.faceboook.com. I hope you noticed the errors in the spellings. Yes, that’s how they trick their victims. One more point on this; always focus your attention more on the spellings of words on the address bar than on the look of the login page.
Do Not Access your Facebook Account from Public Computer Systems
Logging in to your account from a public computer system is dangerous as those systems might be vulnerable to security attack such as hidden installation of Keyloggers. A Keylogger is a malicious program that is installed on computer systems to record keystrokes of the computer keyboard as the user operates. This program is designed with the capability to send the recorded keystrokes to its author’s mail box.
However, if you must use a public computer system to access your account, switch to incognito mode and use the systems Onscreen keyboard. The Keylogger cannot record the keystrokes of the Onscreen keyboard. To locate the Onscreen keyboard you could type the word “Onscreen” into the system’s search box located at the bottom of the Start menu.
Keep your Password Safe and Confidential
Personally I would say, on no account should you reveal your Facebook Account’s password to anyone unless the person is a trusted friend or relative. Again, do not save your password where strangers could easily discover, like in your message draft or your phone’s notepad unless you’ve protected these Apps with a strong Apps Locker.
These are some indispensable security measures you need to take to protect your online social accounts including Facebook.
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