Defense Against Crime

29/08/2013

How Your Facebook Account Got Hacked

Filed under: Crime Prevention,Cyber Crimes — peppereyes @ 2:13 PM

One day while sitting at your computer or perhaps while using your tablet you decide login to your Facebook account. On your account is a message from someone you know saying that you have been tagged in a video and the message provides a link to watch the video. Let’s pause here. Think, have you been in any videos – ever. If not this should be warning sign. Anyway out of curiosity you click on the link to see what the video could possibly be. If you are one of those people who could have put yourself in an interesting situation in the past, you may be concerned that others may see it.

When you click on the link you get a pop-up message saying that you need a ‘special’ browser plug-in or extension to watch the video that may contain you. Thinking this is OK, because you may not have the latest and greatest Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, or Google plug-in, your click to install the ‘special’ software.

‘If’ the video does open, you quickly note that it is nothing you have been in or that it’s a bogus tag. However, this is when the magic happens. Silently the ‘special’ software that you installed begins to send your email address, your social media account usernames, and your passwords back to the hackers. The hackers can then use this information to access your account and look for sensitive information. Once they have access, they can get information to steal your identity, or to send the same fake message to your friends, in order to get their information as well. This is one of the techniques they use to spread the virus, and you have to admit it worked on you.

Reduce your chances

  • Be on your guard and follow the rules for spotting phishing scams.
  • Do not click on links or download attachments in email from people you don’t know.
  • Don’t click on links or download attachments in email from people you DO know if it looks fishy (or phishy in this case). It’s best to verify with the person who sent it BEFORE opening. If the message is just a link with no non-personal message. DELETE IT.
  • Don’t click on links in Facebook that look out of character for the person posting them – or that promise something out of character for Facebook.
  • Don’t click on links or download attachments in email from companies, even ones you do business with. Visit the company’s site manually or give them a call to confirm the email.
  • Don’t install programs or browser extensions from unsolicited email, Facebook or Twitter links. If you must, go find the program or extension’s official website and download it from there.
  • Don’t visit shady websites. Especially don’t give them personal information or download files from them.

Facebook does offer some extra security measures to protect your account, learn them and use them. One of them require that when you login that you also enter a special code that is sent directly to your cell phone

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