Social networking websites are great ways to stay connected with old friends and meet new people. Creating an event, sending a birthday greeting and telling your parents you love them are all a couple of clicks away.
Facebook has break records numbers with over 1.86 billion monthly active users as of February 2017. We use Facebook as a tool to connect, but there are those people who use that connectivity for malicious purposes. In fact, you don’t even have to be a professional hacker to get into someone’s Facebook account. Facebook actually allows people to get into someone else’s Facebook account without knowing their password. All you’ve to do is choose three friends to send a code to, you type in the three codes and you’re into the account.
How to Hack a Facebook Account
In this article, I’ll show you couple of other ways that hackers used to hack into someone’s Facebook account. But don’t worry, I’ll also show you how to prevent it from happening to you.
Methods #1 : Reset the Password
- This is the easiest way to hack into someone’s Facebook account is through resetting the password. This could be easier done by people who are friends with the person they’re trying to hack Facebook account.
- Get your friend’s Facebook email login from contact info section, if you don’t already know it.
- Click on forgotten your password and type in the victim’s email. Their account should come up and click This is my account.
- It will ask if you would like to to reset the password via emails, click No longer have access to these.
- It will now ask How can we reach you, type in an email that you’ve that also isn’t linked to any other Facebook account.
- It will now ask you a question. If you’re close friends with the victim, that’s great. If you don’t know too much about them, make an educated guess. If you figure it out, you can change the password. Now you have to wait 24 hours to login to their account.
- If you don’t figure out the question, you can click on Recover your account with help from friends. This allows you to choose between three and five friends.
- Facebook will send them passwords, which you may ask them for and type into the next page. You can either create five fake Facebook accounts and add your friends, or you can choose five close friends of yours that would be willing to give you the password.
How to Protect Yourself from being hacked
- Use an email address specifically for your Facebook account and don’t put that email address on your profile.
- When you choose a security question and answer, make it difficult so that no one can figure it out by simply going through your Facebook profile.
Method #2 : Use a Keylogger
A keylogger is a program that can record each stroke on the keyboard that the user makes, most often without their knowledge. There are two type of keylogger namely Software keylogger such as CNET and Hardware keylogger like Keelog. Software keylogger has to be downloaded manually on the victim’s computer and hardware keylogger comes in USB drive with the software needs to be connected to the victim’s computer. The software can be programmed to send you a summery of all the keystrokes via email.
How to Protect yourself from Keylogger
- Use Windows or antivirus firewall because keyloggers usually send information through the Internet.
- Install a Password Manager which automatically fill out important forms without you having to type anything in.
- Update your all software and change password frequently.
Method #3 : Phishing
This is also the most common method to hack someone’s Facebook account. The most popular type of phishing involves creating a fake Facebook login page and send it to your victim via Email. If the victim logs in by using your link, the login credentials sent to web hosting account. This process is difficult because you’ll need to create a web hosting account and a fake Facebook login page.
How to Protect Yourself
- Always use anti-virus and web security software like Norton, Avast or McAfee.
- If an email tells you to login to Facebook through a link, don’t click it. First check the URL and go directly to the main website and login here.
- Phishing can be done by any link on any website, chat room, text message, pop up. Don’t click on any sketchy looking links that ask for your information.
Method #4 : Stealing Cookies
Cookies allow a website to store information on a user’s hard drive and later retrieve it. Firsheep is a Firefox add-on that sniffs web traffic on an open Wi-Fi connection. It collect the cookies and stores them in a tab on the side of the browser to collect information. The hacker can click on the saved cookies and access the victim’s account as long as the victim is still logged in. Once the victim logs out, it is impossible for the hacker to access the account.
How to Protect Yourself
- Head to Facebook account, go to Account Settings > Security and make sure Secure Browsing is enabled.
- Log off from your Facebook account, when you’re done.
- Use only trustworthy Wi-Fi networks.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to protect against any side-jacking from the same Wi-Fi network.