How Hackers Are Getting Access to Facebook Accounts

Hacking can ruin someone’s reputation and cost them thousands in lost advertising revenue. Dale Berry is the owner of an English preschool in Japan. He had his Facebook account hacked. Hackers made use of his account to run fraudulent ads, destroying his business and ruining his reputation.

Hackers initially target those who have weak passwords, like “qwerty” or “password.” They then pretend to be a friend and request a code that will reset the password. The hackers then use an option to protect themselves that allows users to add trusted contacts to their account in the event that they forget their password. They can then ask these trusted friends to provide the one-time code that will allow them access to the account.

The purchase of stolen login details is another way hackers gain access. Recently there was a cache of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn, and Facebook passwords were discovered for sale on dark web. A large portion of these passwords were stolen by custom Trojan malware which was able to infect millions of Windows-based computers between 2018 and 2020.

Users can avoid these attacks by always making sure that the address bar of their browser is Facebook and not a different website. The password should be created by that combines letters, numbers, and spaces and never use it for other email or social media accounts. Additionally they should be checking their activity notifications frequently. Twitter, for example, sends out notifications when there’s a suspicious login from an unfamiliar device or location.