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Facebook is the largest social network on the planet and because of that there are a variety of people out there that want to grab your account credentials and use it for malicious purposes.
The reason is simple, they either want to diminish your reputation and make you look bad in front of your friends or family, which would be a personal purpose, or they sell your account data for money, because there are many companies that purchase lead information from hackers.
In addition, Facebook hacking is also known to be performed by hackers just for fun sometimes, but with so much personal data on their profile, users can lose their identity. Yes, users do not realize, but posting so much data about them online can make them a target for a multitude of hacker types. Here i am discussing Facebook hacking trends and tips on how not get hacked.
The Rise of Facebook hacking applications
There are a multitude of applications in the online world that just claim they can provide you with the credentials for any account. These fake Facebook hacks are far from being usable or reputable, and this is why you should try to stay away from them, mostly because these aren’t secure, and they will, most of the time, come with malware, so installing them is not an option at all, instead what you need to do.
The reality however is that all passwords and login data provided by such applications won’t work almost all the time, and this is why using them is a waste of time. Not only that, but you will also get your computer infected with malware as well in the process, so it’s a good idea to avoid using such tool. We are going to focus on some of the most popular Facebook hack applications and the benefits or threats that they provide.
This web-based application has always claimed the fact that they can provide the credentials for any Facebook account in less than 2 minutes. Does it work? Of course, not, they will require you to go through a survey so that you can make them money and then you will enter the hacking panel which looks fishy at its best. Bottom line, it’s important to stay away from this site.
This particular app uses a brute force algorithm in order to supposedly break the credentials of any Facebook account. It doesn’t work, and multiple security applications have detected it as being filled with malware, so it’s a very good idea to stay away from it at all costs. This app meddles with your cookies and uses a proxy, which might redirect you towards malicious servers where your cookie data is sent.
One of the things that make this app very appealing is the professional interface that the software developer has created specifically for it. Don’t be fooled though, this app is similar though to the one above, which means that you might encounter the danger to lose your IP address, cookie and other personal data while using it.
This web based application is far from being reliable. It has a fishy interface and you can see right from the start that it can be close to impossible to actually determine where your mail is sent. The website is suspicious and there is no way to know if the mails you use are stored in a database and then sent for a profit. Pretty much like in the case of the ones displayed above, we recommend you to stay away from this tool, it’s crucial to do such a thing as fast as possible.
Popular Facebook hacking methods
There are 4 main methods that hackers use in order to Hack Facebook, and these include resetting the password, using a keylogger, phishing and stealing cookies.
1) Password reset
This method requires you to know the Facebook mail of a person, and from here, you need to press Forgotten your password, then insert a mail you have access to. Depending on the situation, you can either make a guess in regards to the password or use the help of a friend that the victim has. You can protect against this by adding a difficult security question and creating a mail account specifically for Facebook that’s not shared with any person.
Read: Reset Facebook Password by bypassing security question
These are applications that can be installed remotely and they will track all the things you write, then save them into a file. The hacker will then see the content in the file and find the Facebook password. There are also some hardware keyloggers that work in a similar fashion. Protection for these includes installing a password manager, updating the installed software, changing passwords and using a professional firewall to block keyloggers.
Read: 10 Free keyloggers to monitor PC or Laptop!
The hacker sends a malicious link via email to the victim, which redirects to a fake/clone Facebook, and once the victim sends the mail and password, the hacker will access the Facebook account. The best way to avoid such an issue is to avoid clicking on any links that seem to be malicious when you receive an email, as these can be fake pages or store malware.
Read: How to create fake Facebook login page?
4) Stealing cookies
Cookies are basically website data stored locally, so all the hacker has to do is to access the data stored in the browser via an extension such as Firesheep for Firefox. Once the data is grabbed from the stored cookies, the hacker will have complete access to the whole thing. You can protect against this by enabling security browsing in your browsing, using full-time SSL or a VPN as well as logging in to only those secure Wi-Fi networks.
Read: Stealing cookies on LAN or WiFi using Firesheep
As you can see, Facebook can be very easy to hack, and there are a variety of methods that hackers can use in order to access your data. All you need to do is to avoid posting so much information on Facebook and be somewhat limited when it comes to sharing data about your Facebook account or even adding data on it as well. Maintaining security at a maximum and making sure that no one but you knows the credential is very important, but removing the cookies from time to time won’t hurt as well.
How to protect yourself against Facebook hackers
As you can see, Facebook does pose a danger when using it, because you might be a target for hackers, and this is why you need to do everything that you can in order to maintain your account clean and hard to hack. Start by avoiding to share your Facebook password with anyone and giving up habit of saving passwords in text or document files.
On top of that, you should avoid clicking suspicious attachments or links that you can find in mails and, if possible, you should try to create a secondary mail where Facebook can send you a recovery link in case the account is hacked.
Another good idea to protect yourself against hackers on Facebook is to make sure that you accept only friends or people you know, because sharing your info with unknown people is the simplest way to be hacked.
In addition, it’s important to change the Facebook Password regularly in order to make it very hard to crack and, if possible, you should also try to keep your PC security software, such as anti-malware and anti-virus applications up to date. Doing all of these things will provide you with a great way to ensure integrity and Security of your Social account.