With the unprecedented health emergency, we had to change our ways of interaction: each one of us experienced a drastic increase in the use of social platforms.
Cybercriminals have seized this opportunity, boosting their creativity to craft new attacks, dedicating several criminous techniques to a single goal: stealing our sensitive data.
Why? To sell it on the dark web for money, or use it to customize tailored Phishing Attacks.
Of course, Facebook soon became a good hunting ground in the eyes of criminals.
With over 2.7 billion users, Facebook is still the largest Social Network in the world, even if the number of social platforms has significantly increased in the last years.
Hackers exploit the naive idea of users to be surfing in a reliable digital wonderland only made up of their trust-worthy friends.
This common idea helps the bad guys hiding behind fake profiles or trusted sources to steal accounts and sensitive data.
By appropriating an account, a hacker will not only be able to steal personal data: he will access and seize contact lists, send fraudulent posts to friends, and use the auto-login feature through Facebook to access other applications.
To prevent your account and sensitive data from ending up in the wrong hands, you need to take all necessary measures when using social tools like Facebook.
What to do to protect your Facebook account?
To prevent your account from being hacked, you should follow these safety steps:
- Create a strong password.
A strong password should be “easy to remember” only for those who generate it, and therefore difficult for anyone else to guess. It should be at least eight characters long, consisting of a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, or symbols.
- Use a single account to access Facebook
An evergreen rule is to use a different username and password for each APP. Applying this tip will restrict the possibility of success for a cybercriminal that tries to access other apps with the same account.
- Manage privacy settings
Controlling and managing privacy settings permits to limit what people can and can’t see on your profile.
- Don’t click on suspicious links
It’s always good practice to be wary of those posts or messages with overly enticing promises asking you to click on a magic link, even if the sender is someone you know. Those links are there to steal sensitive information or to infect devices with malware.
- Don’t approve friend requests from strangers
When you approve a friend request from someone you don’t know, you also enable that account to access all personal details of your profile: contact lists, daily activities and life. All this information might be useful to commit frauds and set up very complex Phishing Attacks through social engineering methods.
- Enable two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication is a useful security feature, able to shield your Facebook account. Providing an extra layer of security means that even if someone steals or guesses the password, they won’t be able to enter the account without the authentication sign-in code. Activating this feature is simple: go to Facebook’s security and privacy settings.
- Enable security alerts
Security alerts are a great way to find out unauthorized login attempts to your account. To enable the function, check the Facebook option “Receive alerts about unrecognized logins”. Once you activate it, Facebook will alert you if someone tries to connect to your account from an unusual device.
Do you think your Facebook account might be hacked?
The first thing to do in this case is to change your password immediately and notify Facebook. Facebook’s page facebook.com/hacked allows you to indicate why you believe your account is under attack.
The second thing to do is telling your friends about the compromise: they will be wary of all suspicious posts or links that seem to come from you.
Finally, the third thing is to stay informed about cyber risks at all costs.
Always remember: awareness of digital dangers is the only valorous ally to defeat cybercrime and increase the level of security of individuals and organizations.
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