Facebook Account Hacking: A Common Problem

According to the New York Post, some 160,000 Facebook Accounts are Hacked every day. That makes for roughly 58 million breached accounts every year.  If you’re one of the 1.66 billion daily active users on the social media platform, you’re probably wondering, “Is my account safe?  What do I do if my account is hacked?”

If your Facebook Account has recently been hacked or compromised, you can get started with our live, on-demand Facebook Support chat service immediately!  We’ve successfully helped thousands of clients resolve their Facebook issues with a near-perfect satisfaction rate of 97.58%.  Click the button below to get started now! 

We’ve also put together a free article that outlines what to do in case your account has been hacked.  You can read it here

Protecting Yourself From Hackers

In order to proactively protect your account from being maliciously compromised, it’s important to first understand a few of the most common reasons accounts are hacked.  

Common Account Vulnerabilites:

  • Phishing – Phishing scams use replica websites and emails to lure users to submitting sensitive information like login credentials.  For example, a user might receive an email or a text alerting them to an “issue” with their account.  The message will include a link to resolve the issue.  When they follow this link, it asks for them to “verify” their identity by entering their username/email and password.  The hackers then have the users login credentials and can freely access their account and any third-party applications connected to their account.  
  • Sidejacking – Users are vulnerable to sidejacking when they access the internet by way of a public wireless network, like those available at coffee shops.  Hackers are able to access unprotected devices that are connected to public networks and steal any sensitive information available during the session.
  • Keylogging – A keylogging virus may be present on your device without your knowledge.  This virus has the ability to track every keystroke entered on the device, including login information and other sensitive data such as credit card and bank information. 
  • Stored Passwords – If you use an application to store your login credentials, it’s possible for a hacker to breach this app and gain access to your account. 

Preventing Security Breaches

Although there is no guarantee that you can 100% prevent an attack on your account, there are steps that can be taken in order to reduce the likelihood of a breach happening.

  1. If you get an email from “Facebook” claiming a security issue with your account and that you need to submit your login credentials, be sure to check the validity of the website before entering any secure information.  The URL will always begin with “https://www.facebook.com/” Also check the sender of the email or text.  If the address looks even a little suspicious, it’s likely a phishing scam.
  2. Be cautious when connecting to public wireless networks.  It is recommended to avoid logging into sensitive accounts like social media platforms, emails, and online banking when using a public network.  
  3. Protect your Facebook account (and all online accounts) by choosing a secure password.  We’ve put together an easy-to-use tool that will generate a safe password for you!  CLICK HERE to get your password now!

Hacked Account: FAQ

Quick Troubleshooting: Hacked Facebook Accounts

How do you know if your Facebook Account has been hacked?  Here are a few things to look for:

  • Has your account name or birthday been changed?
  • Have your login credentials been changed without your consent?
  • Is your profile sending messages, creating posts, or engaging with other users without your consent?

If you believe your account has been hacked, taking immediate action could help to minimize the damage from the security breach.  We’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide to help you.  See it HERE

There are a few common ways hackers can gain access to your account:
Phishing – Hackers can create web pages that ask for your login credentials that look similar to Facebook.com. Before entering any private information, be sure to check that the domain begins with “https://www.facebook.com/” and nothing else.
Stored Passwords – If you use a password manager app, then it’s possible that a hacker may gain access to this app and all store credentials. If you use an app like this, be sure to create a strong password and to change it regularly. We’ve created a password generator HERE that you can use to get secure login credentials.
Keylogging – It’s possible that your computer or device has a keylogging virus. Keyloggers track every keystroke entered into your device, making it simple for a hacker to access your login credentials.
Sidejacking – Using public, unprotected networks (like in coffee shops) makes you vulnerable to sidejacking, or a breach of security that happens as a result of a hacker accessing your device by way of the shared public network. Be wary of using public networks, especially to access email and social media accounts.

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