HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT FROM HACKERS
Facebook accounts are prime targets for hackers and scammers today, and it's easy to see why.
With around a billion users worldwide, the entire Facebook community offers hackers a tremendous opportunity to find ways to cheat, gain illicit profit, and/or that twisted satisfaction some get from wreaking havoc. ladder.
It's easy to fall victim to criminals on Facebook, but there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. For most of them it is common sense:
Then, never respond to wall or news posts that invite you to click a link to "verify your credentials" or "provide your login information." Facebook would never request such information through a public post.
And once you're logged into your account, you're never asked to verify your password. Why should they? You're already logged in, so it's obvious you know, and if you can't log in because you forgot, there's a simple yet safe method to reset it.
The second thing to remember is that apps and games are not always harmless. Facebook is home to thousands of useful and legitimate apps and games that people use every day, but this huge list makes it easier for hackers and criminals in general to trick users into using apps they don't. they are more than masked scams.
If someone invites you to use an app you've never heard of, message them before doing so and ask if they actually use that app and if they actually sent the invite. Just because a friend apparently sent you something doesn't mean they actually did.
And again, always be suspicious of Facebook sending you emails. Never, and never, click a Facebook link from an email.
Instead, log in to Facebook in the usual way (by manually typing the URL into your browser bar or clicking the bookmark), then check your notifications to see if the event mentioned in the email actually happened. It's always good to remember that email is one of the riskiest methods of communication online!
Be careful not to click on unknown, external links that appear on your wall or news feed, even if they appear to have been sent by a trusted friend. Once a hacker gets into an account, they can pretend to be that user, and it could take days or weeks for the scammer to be discovered, possibly.
Be careful what your friends send. If you see a post from a "friend" that you think is inappropriate for that person, chances are they didn't really share it. DM him and ask if it really came from him, and always recommend changing the password right away, if it hasn't already been done.
Also, keep track of your personal timeline. The vast majority of the posts that appear there are yours. If you see something on your timeline that you don't like, send a message to the person who apparently posted it, and then delete it.
And lastly, be careful when accepting friend requests from people you don't know. While there are legitimate reasons for accepting friend requests from casual strangers (common interests, people you crossed paths on the way home, etc.), such requests should be subject to a little more scrutiny before being accepted. Here are a few things to check:
How old is the account? If it was created in the last week or less, I recommend ignoring the friend request, unless it's from someone you know personally.
How are the photos in the gallery? Do they appear to be photos that would generally be taken in everyday life, or have they been "taken" from some other source on the Internet, such as a stock image site? Be especially careful if the photos tend to portray people of the opposite sex.
What types of posts appear on the timeline? Are these ordinary posts that you're used to seeing on your friends' forums, or are they "spam" in nature? If they seem to be like that, you can bet that the entire Facebook profile is a scam.
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