There have been cases where unscrupulous types have hijacked accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all other Social network platforms.
It could be someone you know, playing a practical joke. Or one of your exes out for revenge or they blackmail to making money from it.
In such cases, your hacker might send nasty messages to your friends, expose private pictures, or delete all your contacts.
There are areas on the Dark Web where people pay for unique usernames. It’s a bit like a digital vanity plate. So someone will hack your account, lock you out, and take it over, and sell it to someone else.
New social media platforms are emerging all the time but Facebook remains the world’s largest social networking site with over 2.7 billion active monthly users.
According to the New York Post, 160,000 Facebook accounts are compromised every day, not to mention the hundreds of millions of users that have had their data exposed in one of the many data breaches to have hit the platform in recent years.
What are your options for future protection?
If you do chats with your friends/family Members/or Unknown Persons/or Lover/ Go to their chat and delete them immediately, If you ignore this your Privacy texts, Images, Videos will expose by hackers anytime.
In my friends circle (on 21-05-2021) one of my friend account has been hacked and they got random calls/ messages from hackers. they demanding money if they not paid means they said, ”You have to pay money or else we will expose all of your privacy conversations and images on internet”.
That’s why I was requesting everyone to delete your privacy messages and images from Facebook immediately.
Signs your Facebook account has been hacked
There are often a few giveaway signs that your account has been hacked.
- You may not able to access your account
- Messages sent from your account without your knowledge
- Unusual posts in your timeline
- Altered personal details
- Friend requests sent to people you don’t know
- You may found a duplicate account with your name and photos
- Has the hacker contacted you?
How to secure your Facebook account
- Create a strong, secure password: A strong password should be memorable for you but difficult for anyone else to guess. It should be between 10-15 characters long, a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters and include numbers or symbols.
- Use unique Facebook login details: You should always use a unique username and password so that in the unfortunate event of your Facebook account being hacked, attackers won’t have access to your other online accounts. If you have trouble remembering multiple passwords, you should consider the use of a password manager. This provides a centralised and encrypted location that will keep a record of all your passwords safe.
- Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Two-Factor Authentication is a security feature that helps protect your Facebook account. It provides an extra layer of security and means that even if someone steals or guesses your password, they won’t be able to access your account without the authenticating login code. To activate Two-Factor authentication, go to Settings> Security and Login, look for Two-Factor Authentication, then click on the Edit button.
- Adjust your privacy settings: Regularly check and adjust your privacy settings to restrict what people can and can’t see on your profile. Change your settings from Public/Everyone to Friends or Friends you Choose.
- Enable security alerts: This is a great way to find out if there have been any unauthorised login attempts on your account. To enable this, go to Settings>Security and Login >Get alerts about unrecognised logins and choose the relevant option. Facebook will then inform you if someone tries to connect to your account from a device you don’t normally use.
- Choose close friends to contact if you get locked out: It’s worth nominating a few close friends to help you retrieve your account if you get locked out. To do this, go to Settings>Security and Login>Choose friends to contact if you get locked out.
- Don’t click on suspicious links: Be wary of any posts or messages that ask you to click on a link, even if it appears to come from someone you know. These links will nearly always be created to steal sensitive information or deliver malware.
- Don’t accept friend requests from strangers: If you accept a friend request from someone you’re not familiar with, they can access all the personal details on your profile, your contact lists, as well as building a detailed picture of your online social activity. This information can then be used to commit identity fraud or to make a social engineering attack more convincing.
- Check app permissions: – Permissions are used by apps to access specific data within your account. Whilst the vast majority are safe, you may have inadvertently installed a rogue app that is harvesting your data for malicious purposes. To remove any suspicious apps, go to Settings > Apps and Websites, then select what app you would like removed, this think you need to check all the time.
- Read Emails Facebook Sends Out: Facebook often sends out emails to verify suspicious or unusual activity. Make sure the email address on file is one you check regularly and read the emails you receive in case Facebook is trying to flag suspicious activity. Staying on top of the risks, being familiar with common phishing attempts, and understanding the latest security recommendations from Facebook can go a long way toward keeping you safe online. You can see a list of recent email messages sent by Facebook in your account settings under Security and Login, in the Advanced Section.
- Have Multiple Admins for the Account: How else can you protect yourself from a Facebook hack? Give careful thought to the people you give admin access to for your business page. It’s a good idea to have more than one admin for your page in case you ever lose access or are unable to log in. If your profile is hacked, another admin you trust can keep the page running and help you gain back your access. However, that doesn’t mean more is better. Periodically checking to remove people who no longer need access to your page. If someone needs temporary access, grant it at the appropriate level, then remove it when their task or project is complete.
- Log Out of Facebook After Using Shared Computers: Have you ever used a computer at work, the library, or a coworking space? You’ll need to exercise extra caution to log out when you’re done. This step is critical to remember when using accounts that contain personal information. If you’re using Facebook from a computer you don’t own, always log out immediately afterward. You have no idea who may use the device after you, and staying logged in leaves your account wide open. If you ever can’t remember if you logged out after using Facebook on a device you don’t own, change your password immediately so your security is never in question. You can also log out remotely from all devices in Security and Login Settings. Protecting access to your accounts can stop a Facebook hack from happening at all.
- Don’t Save Passwords: Once you make sign-in any websites or logins or apps it will ask you save your passwords for the next simple login attempt. Mind it, this think is a biggest mistake you made ever, Don’t save your passwords anywhere.
Here’s a way to make a strong password
- Don’t set any passwords like ‘1234 or abcd or name123 or date of birth or your pet names, it’s easiest combination for crack the password.
- Think of a phrase or sentence with at least eight words.
- It should be something easy for you to remember but hard for someone who knows you to guess.
- It could be a line from a favorite poem, story, movie, song lyric, or quotation you like. Example: “I Want To Put A Dent In The Universe”
- Remove all but the first letter of each word in your phrase: IWTPADITU
- Replace several of the upper-case letters with lowercase ones, at random: iWtpADitU
- Now substitute a number for at least one of the letters. (Here, we’ve changed the capital “I” to the numeral 1: iWtpAD1tU
- Finally, use special characters ( $, &, +, !, @) to replace a letter or two — preferably a letter that is repeated in the phrase. You can also add an extra character to the mix. (Here, we’ve replaced the “t” with “+”, and added an exclamation point at the end.) : iW+pAD1tU!