One day you could log in to your Facebook account, only to discover that your most recent status update contained explicit text or a link to a suspect website. You know you didn’t send it, so what happened? Chances are you’ve been hacked, which can compromise your reputation — as well as proving downright annoying.
Facebook hacking is no new thing, and it may prove challenging to avoid every type of hacker. You do have options, however, when attempting to avoid the problem.
1. Change your password. Typically, Facebook hackers access your profile by figuring out your password and logging in to your account.
If you find you’ve been hacked, the first step is to change your password — immediately. Try to think of a new one that combines upper case and lower case letters and numbers and has nothing to do with your name, address or other identifying information. The longer and more obscure it is, the better. Also make sure it’s not the same password you use for your email, banking information or other important accounts. That could allow hackers to compromise multiple locations simultaneously.
2. Store your password in a safe location. Once you have different passwords for all your accounts, it may prove difficult to remember them all. Since you’ll probably need to write them down, keep them in a safe place — off your computer.
For example, you could write them on a piece of paper and put them in a file in your desk, or keep them on a card in your wallet. Use caution in this area, too, however — don’t include your exact email address or username with each password; use a clue instead — something that makes sense only to you. This way, if someone should rifle through your desk or steal your wallet, the thief won’t have access to all your information.
3. Take care which links you click when on Facebook. Your friends may have been hacked, or links may exist for the sole purpose of infecting your computer with malware. Only click links that look legitimate and not at all spam-like.
4. Set Facebook to browse securely. Click the down arrow in the top right corner of the page when logged in and select “Account Settings.” Click “Security” and locate “Secure Browsing” at the top of the list. Click the “Edit” link on the far right to enable it, which enables you to browse Facebook using “https” instead of “http.” “Https” allows for a more secure browsing experience than the typical “http.”
5. Set Login Approvals. This means you’ll be notified anytime you log in to Facebook from an unrecognized device. On the “Security Settings” page, click on “Edit” next to “Login Approvals.” You’ll be sent a code to verify that you want to make this change, either through your email or mobile phone.
That way, you’ll know if someone hacks your account. Depending on your cookie settings and the browser you are using, you may encounter some issues in getting this feature to work. If so, Facebook can give you some guidance in the form of a message instructing you of possible causes and solutions.
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By Daniel Onimisi Ib.