Top Mistakes That Can Get Your Facebook Account Hacked
Learn about the reasons why your Facebook account gets hacked. There could be several mistakes one may make that will lead his/her Facebook account to be hacked and these are explained below.
1. Using Facebook on Someone Else's Computer
Using someone's computer is one of the main causes for your Facebook account being hacked. This is due to the fact that people often do not keep their computers safe from Trojans, malware, spyware etc. Many people I know do not even have any antivirus software installed on their computers.
Using a computer that is infected with malware, spyware, Trojans etc. is very risky. When you logon to your Facebook account using infected computers, your account details i.e. username and passwords are stolen and transmitted to the hacker (criminal) instantly. Also read about the 8 common reasons how computer viruses are spread to other computers
Sometimes, you may use Facebook on someone's computer, which is not infected, but you forget to log out Facebook on that computer. And if that computer belongs to a stranger, he/she might reopen Facebook in your absence and without needing to enter your username and password, he/she may misuse your account.
2. Using Same Password on Every Site That You Use
If your password is leaked or stolen that you use on one website, say Gmail.com, the hacker or any person with bad intend will try to logon to your other accounts, including Facebook, with the same password and it will work. Using the same password at many places is one of the major reasons for Facebook account getting hacked very easily.
3. Using Dangerous Apps on your Computer or Mobile Phone
There are tons of applications available for download, including games and all other types of applications, which do what these says these do but at the same time these capture your inputs on your other applications that you use.
It may seem like a very good game or a business app, but once you have installed it, it might start capturing every keystroke and every tap on the screen and hence your passwords will be stolen and sent to the criminals for misuse. Such application may even take charge of your Facebook account and starts posting something automatically.
4. Becoming Victim of Phishing Scam
Hackers often send emails out to millions of people. In the email, the graphics, the text and everything will look like as the email is without any doubt is from Facebook. The email will ask you to re-confirm your account password for security reasons or there will be any other such reason for asking you to enter your Facebook password. There will be a link in the email, which you will be asked to click to open a Facebook page where you will enter your password to confirm your account. That page will open and will look 100% real like Facebook. But actually it will be a fake site. It's URL (address) will not be Facebook.com. Some people might notice it, but some might not. And when you will enter your password, this will be captured and sent to the criminal. The criminal will start misusing your account and even change the password so that you cannot login again.
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