How important is your identity? For every user, their identity is valuable and by giving out much personal information on social media platforms like Facebook, users are inviting identity thieves to hack their profiles. Since the number of users in Facebook flourished, hackers became active in this platform and successfully leaked millions of identities. The developers of Facebook worked on the issue and brought changes in Facebook privacy settings that assured protection for every user. But still, profiles are compromising out there daily. From this, it is clear that Facebook is no longer a safe platform to store your information. Even if you regularly update the privacy setting, hackers will find new ways to hack your Facebook account. The only thing you can do is stay alert and quit sharing your data on Facebook.
Most of the people in today’s society spend their free time online and some people live on social media platforms. They are just addicted to them such that they can’t do anything other than surfing and chatting. The abundance of targets attracted a huge number of hackers and identity thieves to Facebook. Experts studied the nature of users on Facebook and suggested some steps to avoid while using Facebook so that they don’t become a victim of identity theft.
The thought that your security software is safe
When it comes to Facebook, never assume things. Your assumptions can go wrong when you think that your security software will protect you from Facebook hackers. Understand that your security software can only protect you when it is active and updated. If you are using an old version, then you are vulnerable to Facebook hacks and identity thefts. Before logging into Facebook, make sure that your security software is active in the background. Regularly check their updates and get it going.
Accessing your Facebook account through random links
This is the most foolish thing you can do that keeps your Facebook account at risk. Never use random links to log in to Facebook, only log in through the official Facebook page. Identity thieves may have set traps in these links which steal your login credentials while you are trying to log in. Some people use email links to log in to Facebook. Never do that. Only access your account through your browser. Any other alternative can make you susceptible to Facebook hack.
Using a single password for multiple accounts leads to Facebook hack
For making it easy to remember, some users put the same password for all their accounts. They put the same “1234” password for Facebook as well as email. In any case, your Facebook account gets compromised, then automatically the hackers get hold of your email. Try to adopt different passwords for different accounts and make sure they are complex and strong. If there is an option for biometric login, choose them.
Downloading free software
This is a common tendency in humans; whatever they get for free they instantly grab them. Facebook hackers often make capital out of this attitude. Most of the free software you see on Facebook is a trap set by hackers. If you download them then the malware in them affects your system and this leads to much disastrous happening than a compromised account.
Believing your Mac protects you from identity thefts & Facebook hack
As the possibility of Facebook hack is more for Windows users, people are changing to OS systems believing that they are more secure. But for hackers even if you are using a Windows system or OS system, once they decide to hack you, they will do it by any means. In this technology-driven world, nothing is safe.
Clicking on the pop-up saying “Your PC is not safe”
This is one of the methods used by hackers to grab your attention and make you click on them. Once you click on that pop-up, you download the spyware within them and it monitors your activities and leaks important information. To avoid this, try enabling the pop-up blocker and restart the system. If you have anti-spyware software, run it regularly to find out the hidden spyware.
By taking care of these simple steps, you can stay away from the traps of Facebook hackers.