Facebook is one of the most popular social site among the people. And ofcourse it is the most trolled and targeted websites for hackers and cyber crooks in the world, and with most of us being too trustful for our own good we are easy targets. All it takes is for one ill-informed or misguided decision to occur, and a hacker not only has access to all your personal information, but you have also exposed your friends to the same fate.
People who do have little or no time to maintain Facebook profiles, can do following things to at least minimize the damage when their account gets hacked.
1. Change your name. If you tweak your name just a little, or use a nickname, it will be easier for you after the inevitable hack.
2. Stop geotagging your photos. Geotagging includes the latitude and longitude where a picture was taken. According to the report, another important step is to ‘have some boundaries’. Foe example when Facebook asks you where your photo was taken, keep it to yourself.
3. Lie about your age as it is a key piece of information needed to steal your identity.
4. Do not store your credit card information on the site.
5. Go through your timeline and remove posts that provide personally identifiable information.
6. If you don’t like the look of a post, link or App, do not click on in it. People continue to fall into the trap. Most malicious links or Apps will offer you something too good to be true or use statements like “Shocking”, “Embarrassing”, “Unbelievable” or “Check This Out” in an attempt to draw users in to clicking through.
Also Read: Phishing- A threat to internet security
7. We all love logging into our Facebook accounts and seeing that we have a new Friend request waiting for our approval. It‘s in our nature to want to make friends, but it’s also in our nature to want to compete with others and to have more Facebook Friends than what our real life friends have. It is this need to make as many friends as possible, and to one up our friends that makes many of us willing to accept any friend request, even when we don’t know whom the request is coming from.
8. Having a strong password will not prevent your Facebook from being hacked if you have fallen victim to one of the many phishing swindles hackers attempt. It will however make it incredibly difficult for hackers to gain direct access to your account through less extensive and more primitive hacking techniques.It is recommended that your password contain a mixture of letters, digits, punctuation and both capital and lowercase letters.
If you are afraid that you may forget your password, write it down and hide it in a safe place. I would also suggest that you change your password on a regular basis.
Also Read: Ethical Hacking
9. The aim of phishing is to get the user to unknowingly share their Facebook login details with the hacker. The most common way hackers achieve this is, is by tricking the user into entering their Facebook details into a fake Facebook login page. These fake login pages are usually a near perfect copy of Facebook’s actual login page. A fake login page will usually appear after you have already logged into Facebook via the real login screen, and are usually prompted after you have clicked on a malicious link or application. Whenever you login too, or are asked to re-login to Facebook, you should always make sure that the URL is www.Facebook.com. A common way hackers deceive people is by having a URL that may appear to be the same but is in fact slightly different. For Example: www.Faccbook.com or www.FBook.com.
10. The one of the main precaution you can take is don’t create a facebook acoount at all. By doing so, you will never be hacked. Lolzz..!!!! enjoy…!!!!
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