Don’t get HACKED (Again)! Secure your Facebook Account! Do these NOW!1 February 2024 1 By TKH
Basic Things YOU SHOULD DO RIGHT NOW to keep your Facebook Account from being Hacked (Again)!
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In this article, I am going to be sharing some basic tips on how to stay secure 🔐 on Facebook, and some of these if not all also apply to other Social Media Platforms. I hope you find it helpful. It is very rich content and would suggest that you take your time to read through it so you don’t miss an important point.
PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR NEXT CONTENT IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE THE THINGS THAT ARE LISTED HERE! For your own sake!
A bit of Intro
Well, I’ve been a Facebook API Developer, Software Developer, and Ethical Hacking Enthusiasts for almost a decade now and within this period, I’ve had a lot of cases where I had helped people recover hacked Facebook accounts. I have come to realize the underlying factor which is a lot of people just know how to create Facebook accounts and that’s it, they leave the accounts so porous and vulnerable that it is no wonder that they get hacked.
Hacking is not an easy task, it is way more than what you see in movies, hacking takes a lot of articulation, strategizing, and resources. And yes, you make it too easy for an ‘intentional hacker’ when you don’t do these things we are about to discuss below 👇🏾.
Well, this post is not about hacking, you can check my blog site for that. I have specific posts on that.
Now let’s talk about why we are here.
This is what Facebook has done…
Facebook is a social media App of course you know that already and overtime as a Facebook API Developer, I have watched Facebook and other META family apps evolve and it has never been so difficult to find ‘prey’ and equally, it has never been so easy to find ‘preys’ due to the ever-growing user metrics and the negligence of most people (I’m not a ‘hacker’ please 😜). This is so because Facebook has been able to successfully implement some security features that were not available a couple of years ago and these features have in a great deal made the Facebook community more secure and protected, yet, people fall ‘prey’. WHY? 🤷🏾♂️
This is WHY your Facebook account is always hacked or prone to hacking! 👇🏾
You do not do the following:
1. Add and verify both your Phone number and Email address (not just your email address).
Your phone number and email address are your unique identifiers on Facebook, anybody that has access to these and your password can access your account. So, adding both your phone number and email and having them verified gives you an extra layer of security. When your phone number and email are verified, Facebook can notify you when an attempt is being made on your account.
I must say that, if your account has only an email address, it is at a higher risk than when it is a phone number.
If a hacker has successfully deciphered your password, he can get into your account without your knowledge and change your email address as soon as he gets in without you being notified especially if it’s from a location you’ve logged in from previously.
But with a verified phone number and email, you will get a notification once an attempt is made on your account from an unusual device or IP address.
So go and add your phone number and email and verify them NOW!
2. Turn on 2FA (Two Factor Authentication).
What is 2FA?
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a specific type of multi-factor authentication (MFA) that strengthens access security by requiring two methods (also referred to as authentication factors) to verify your identity.
With a 2FA, when logging in to Facebook, it would not only require your password and username, but a second authentication would be required to gain full access, hence the name 2FA.
Assuming the ‘hacker’ has deciphered your password and has your username or email, on an attempt, he will be prompted to enter the second factor without which he can not gain access to your account. That is also assuming that you have your 2FA setup.
Facebook 2FA, has 3 main options which are using Authentication App, Receiving an SMS on your verified phone number, and using Recovery Codes.
The three methods do the same thing, they simply generate (in the case of the app), or send you a six-digit code that you input into the prompt provided to authenticate that it is truly you who is initiating the login. The third method provides you with alternative login codes when you are unable to gain access to your phone or can’t log in using your other security methods.
Take note that you can set up the first two simultaneously (that is both the Authentication App and SMS)
3. Choose strong passwords.
This sounds like an obvious thing to do, but it will shock you what people use as their password, things like using their name, and phone number! Aaaah! 😧 It’s like taking the treasure to the robber yourself.
I will try not to be too technical here. But here is the thing, when you choose your password for your account, it is not directly stored just like that in the ‘database’ [where your information are stored], they are encrypted through what is called a ‘hashed algorithm‘, this simply means that that your password is processed and stored in random texts and alphanumeric characters, password hashing is like turning your regular password into a super-safe puzzle that only you can solve, keeping your passwords safe from anyone who might try to sneak a peek! 🐶🔒
What a ‘hacker’ does is to try to guess what your password is by trying to match your hashed keys with randomly generated keys, and don’t think that he just sits down and begins to write and guess, NO! There are specially designed tools that can be used, and these tools can be super fast in guessing and trying to match pass keys.
There’s a whole lot to be said here but you can read up more on my blog.
So what’s my point, my point is, that the stronger your password, the stronger your hashed keys, and the more difficult it is to crack. Very weak passwords can be guessed by these crack tools in seconds 😳. This is why you should NEVER use weak passwords.
With an ‘intentional hacker‘ (a hacker that has just made up his mind to hack you and spends his time on it), any password can be cracked, it would only require time but this is how you beat them (To be a hacker is tough, but we are the ones that ignorantly make it easy for them)👇🏾
This is what to do to have a solid password
- Use passphrase and short Sentence Combinations. Make sure there is at least one special character.
- Adding special characters to your password increases the strength of your hashed keys making it even more tedious and with a regular password update and doing all that is in this article, you will keep on frustrating them 😄. You can even add space characters.
Please I beg you, Never use your phone number as your password or anything that has your personal info on it! NEVER! Even a 5-year-old can hack you with that! 🤷🏾♂️
4. Avoid logging in on just any device you see!
This is for those folks who like using other people’s phones to log into their accounts.
That your friend’s phone or public desktop computer in the Café might already be compromised or spoofed! Someone might already be ‘listening’ to the network just waiting for an easy catch 🪝 and then you with your ‘weak’ password will use that device and log in and ‘they will use you to shine‘ – (like my Nigerian folks would say 😂)
If you must log in with another person’s device, please do well to ‘Logout’ when you are done and do not save or pin the account ( it sounds simple, but a lot of people have their Facebook accounts active on more devices than they can remember).
5. Regularly run security checks on your account.
* Where you’re logged in
* Saved Logins
* Getting Login Alerts
* Security checks on all your META Family Apps
Facebook along with other META Family Apps has a Security Check feature that provides you with the above-listed details.
It is a wise thing to always run through your account security check.
- Where you are logged in: this security checks option provides you with information on devices where your account is currently logged in. It provides you with an option to logout from that device. Please do well to remove the unnecessary ones.
- Saved Logins: When your logins are saved on any device, it means you do not require your password to log in to your account on that device. Saved Logins should only be on your personal device if at all you must save it.
- Getting Login Alerts: This security checks option, lets you set how you get alerted when someone tries to access your account. You should at least have this setting active.
- Security checks on all your META Family Apps: It is good practice to ensure that you run these checks on all of your META Family Apps (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc)
- Email Alerts: When Facebook suspects that your account might be in danger, they will send you an email, so always look out for this and follow the instructions if they do send you an email.
6. Run an ‘Identity Confirmation’ on your Facebook account.
There’s an identity Confirmation check that you can do on Facebook to verify that you are who you say you are, mostly it is a requirement to run ad campaigns that are political or social.
This is negligible, but it will increase your security.
7. Get acquainted with Facebook Help & Support.
Some folks do not know this, but there is a Facebook Help and Support where you can report problems to Facebook.
8. Speak to an expert, if you’re unsure of recent activities on your account.
If you are in doubt, about the state of your account, you can always consult the help of Social Media Security Professionals for professional support and advice.
Extras things you should do
- Beware of joining too many Facebook groups.
- Know your friends at least! Don’t just accept friend requests from EVERYBODY! For your own sake!
- Add restrictions on who views your contact info.
- Integrate your META Family Apps(Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp)
- Run a ‘Privacy Check Up’ regularly.
- Change your strong password regularly.
- Never use your phone number as your password or anything that has your personal info on it! NEVER!
- Don’t be quick to click links that you are unsure of! PLEASE 🙏🏾
Thank you for reading to this point and I hope it’s been helpful, please don’t just read without making the necessary adjustments.
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