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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Facebook users: How to protect your account

By: Ymatruz | Filed under: | |

Have you heard about hacked Facebook accounts?

Hackers tend to use unauthorized login when sending phishing email, spam, suspicious link, "please send me money" scam or purchase apps and/or with Facebook credits and to the worst - identity theft to extortion.

Phishing emails are fake emails often intended to lure you to access links that mimics legitimate websites. When you are directed to a phishing link, it asks you to enter your personal information and full account details. For example, if you login to your bank website, normally it will only asks for your username and password. If the website you are accessing asks for your account number during login, do not proceed. Or sometimes, there would be a fake email supposedly from your bank asking all your personal information and account numbers, if that is the case, do not reply to the email.
Your bank should already have those information. Call your bank hotline immediately to report the incident.

If you have included bank account details or account passwords when you are sending Facebook messages, you are definitely at higher security risk. If you use a shared browser or a public wifi, there are possibilities hackers could get hold of your credentials. Be careful. Protecting your accounts start with you.

It is advisable to use secure HTTPS browsing when you access websites that require you to login with your username and password. If you are using Facebook and you type http://www.facebook.com it will be automatically directed to the secure version - https://www.facebook.com. If you notice it is not directed to HTTPS, then something is suspicious. Also enable login notifications and login approvals on Facebook.com > Settings > Security but when you do that, make sure you to pay attention to the alerts you received in email or SMS from time to time. Otherwise, not checking the alerts defeats the purpose of your security settings.

You may visit the Facebook.com > Settings > Security Account Settings > Security > Where You're Logged In to check your recent account login. In this section, you can "End Activity" of your previous sessions, whether you login from a desktop or mobile.

Protection of your account starts with you.

If you have generous mobile data plan, you could also setup an email in your mobile so you can receive real-time alerts should someone access your account or change your password without authorization.

Regular change of passwords with stronger security are recommended for your Facebook account, banking credentials and email accounts.

In addition, beware not to click any suspicious link on your friend's Facebook page as you may get infected with a malware which typically runs in the background unnoticed or undetected even by anti-viruses. So, do you think your malware scanner was updated? Good for you. But remember this sad fact - "malware makers" are also updating their malicious apps to defeat the malware detection of your desktop or mobile devices.

There are more recommended security guidelines available in the internet, please have some time to read to safeguard your account.