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How to Avert Hacking of Facebook Account

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Recently I came to know that some of the people in my Facebook friends list are getting some anonymous links from me. Clicking on these links will lead to Hacking of Facebook Accounts. So I have searched for guides on Preventing Hacking of Facebook accounts and I think I’m damn successful in finding the best possible ways.

You might be aware of Hacking of Mark Zuckberg’s Facebook Fan page, so it’s proved that Social Networking sites were not going to be that safe regardless if you are using HTTP or HTTPS. In this Article I’m going to deal with 7 Best Security Settings to Prevent Hacking of Facebook Account.

Hacking of Facebook Account

#1. Its very easy to hack a Facebook account, If you are ignorant about the page URL. Many pishers around the Web create a page which will exactly look like the Facebook login page. If you login using that page, Your account will be in the hands of some Tom, Dick or Harry. So always check the URL of the page before logging in.

#2. Visiting Links which are shared by your Friends. This would be also a cause of Hacking of Facebook account. So, Double check when you are visiting a link shared by your friends. If you think its a good clean link, then proceed.

#3. Do you think, Your Facebook account is being accessed by anyone? Get Notified when your Facebook account is logged in from a different place.
How to do this?
1. Login to your Facebook account, Click on Account and navigate to Account Settings.
2. Under Account Security, Check Send me an email, If a new computer or mobile device logs into this account. You can also Check Send me a text message, If you have added a mobile device.

Additional Tip: Also enable HTTPS secure browsing.

#4. Avoid using Spam Applications. Don’t try to use an application which you don’t know or seen some of your friends using. To View/Edit applications which you are using, Go to Applications Settings page.

Additional Tip: Remove Applications which you are not using now.

#5. Always use a complex and very strong Password. A combination of Alphabets, Numbers and Special Characters is an unbeatable or unguessable password. Avoid using your Name, Girl Friends name, Your Mobile number etc., in your password as these are easily guessable.

#6. Don’t accept requests from the people you don’t know. Avoid adding people you don’t know to your friends list. If he/she is a Mutual Friend then you can add.

#7. Regularly scan your Computer with some Anti-Spyware or Anti-Malware tools. Some of the recommended tools are Panda Active Scan, Trend Micro Housecall

Thus these are the 7 Basic as well as Best possible ways for preventing and stopping the Hacking of Facebook Account.

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18 Comments to How to Avert Hacking of Facebook Account

  1. I’m always vigilant when giving access to 3rd party applications as they have access to many of the answers to the security questions. I maintain a separate Facebook account for marketing so I use them for applications. And I’ve added mobile number to get notified when there is a threat.

  2. Haven’t got my account stolen yet, but i guess anything’s possible.
    If the phenomenon grows, it’s likely facebook will intervene and make some harsh rules to avoid these kind of things. They haven’t let me down yet.

  3. Hi..

    This is the one of the best article I have came across today. I am feeling great to know the tips to prevent hacking a facebook account, each and every person who visits facebook on a daily basis must know about these things. I am quite lucky that I have never faced such a problem yet in facebook. The best preventing scheme is the HTTPS secure browsing. I will definitely like to share this article in facebook. Thanks for such a nice article.

  4. Usually FB/e-mail accounts get hacked with spam apps or allowing some unknown program to access your account info.

    Point # 4 – “Don’t accept requests from the people you don’t know” actually has got nothing to do with security – those who don’t know CAN’T HACK your account merely by becoming friends! But, anyway it’s valid :)

  5. It’s amazing how many friends I have , who got their Facebook accounts hacked – they posted weird links, weird videos, and statuses. I got my Facebook account hacked once and “I” posted an event about a free stuffs (Which I normally did) and sent my friends to a dodgy link *sigh*

  6. Very nice article Sandeep.Although i haven’t got my account hacked yet this a very good information.I will surely follow these measures to make my account is secure.

  7. Great tips friend. Well, I have found that Facebook has mainly fixed all hacks related to phishing and keylogging by using Geotracing. We can say that Facebook has great security. But, they need to do more. I am really impressed by Gmail’s 2-step authentication. Facebook should derive something from Gmail.

  8. I have to disagree with #6

    You can add people you dont know as long as you double check the link and verify that it doesn’t take you elsewhere to a malicious site etc. You can usually hover your pointer over the link and check the bottom of your browser for the url address attached to it.

  9. Nobody wants to be a victim of identity theft, although anybody who has a Facebook account, and hasn’t adjusted their security settings could be at real risk of this due to a number of methods identity thieves use, to enable them to see your personal settings.

  10. My tips: Don’t ever use letters or numbers in a sequence, such as 567 or EFG. Using letters or numbers in a sequence will make it easier for hackers to guess your password. While at it, make sure you mix numbers and letters together to make more unbreakable type passwords. If you want to use your name or anything connected to you as a password, it will do you more good of you can just mix it with numbers and letters

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