Social networking giant Facebook is indeed a giant of sorts in the recent times. With more and more people using the platform to connect with their near and dear ones, the chances of being hacked have also gone haywire. Hackers could make use of either of the following tricks to get through your account for their vested interests. Beware!
Phishing is the attempt to sabotage sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by posing as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. These entities normally range from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors to IT administrators. Phishing is normally carried out by means of email spoofing/instant messaging (emails used in the process usually carry links to websites that have been infected with malware.). These spoofed emails/messages usually direct the users to a separate however extremely genuine looking website where they might be asked to re-enter their account information. These genuine-looking websites are in fact fake/scams in disguise and lure users into submitting their sensitive information. Once through, users’ account gets hacked!
Keyloggers are essentially a surveillance tool often used by employers to ensure employees use work computers for business purposes only. However, with time hackers have come to make good use of the tool for their own vested interests. The process of keylogging becomes particularly effective if the miscreant somehow gains physical access to the victim’s computer. All that a hacker needs to do now is to install a keylogger into the victims’s computer and direct the same to his/her destination. The keylogger will now record all the victim’s keystrokes into a log file and send it to the destination chosen by the hacker. The hacker can then use these logs to acquire the victims’s account information and hack into it.
3.Primary Email address
This is quite an obvious way for hackers to get through your Facebook accounts. If a hacker is able to somehow hack into your primary email address what you’re also using to log into Facebook, well, it’s a walk in the park for him/her after that. The hacker can easily use Facebook’s ‘Forgot password’ trick to make the social networking site to send the victim’s password to the designate primary email account, that unfortunately has already been compromised.
Social Engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. This will eventually depend upon the hacker’s logical expertise. It could involve a probable guessing of the password based on the victim’s Facebook and other social networking profiles.