Facebook has faced a lot of privacy and security concerns over the past few years but these presented facts have never stopped new users from joining the social media platform. Facebook now has 2.45 billion monthly active users registered as of Q3 2019 – making it the world’s biggest social media platform.
Due to the ever-growing user numbers, Facebook has become a place where we share our birthdays, anniversaries and important information which never think might be of any danger to us in the future because we do not know who is watching.
A stranger can know whether we are home or not and who are with at certain times due to the updates we share which makes us more vulnerable to hackers because anything we post may be used against us at any point in time because we have gotten so comfortable while there have been a lot of technological advances.
However, these days you do even need to be a professional hacker in order to get into someone’s Facebook account. Yes, that’s how easy it has gotten because Facebook has 1 or 2 loopholes that have been used like resetting someone’s password using 3 of their friends without the owner’s knowledge.
In this article, I will teach these other ways you can use to gain access to someone’s Facebook account and teach you to protect yourself at the same time.
How to hack a Facebook account.
Method 1: Reset The Password
If you are trying to hack someone you are already friends with, this should be the easiest way to get into their account.
- Get your friend’s Facebook email login – If you don’t already know it, try looking for it in their contact info or Facebook page.
- Click on Forgotten your password? – Input the target’s email, their name should come up then click on This is my account
- When asked to reset the password via the target’s email, click No Longer have access to these
- It will now ask you a question. If you’re close friends with the victim, that’s great. If you don’t know too much about them, make an educated guess. If you figure it out, you can change the password. Now you have to wait 24 hours to login to their account.
- If you don’t figure out the question, you can click on Recover your account with help from friends. This allows you to choose between three and five friends.
- The three friends you have chosen will receive passwords which they can give to you to reset the password. The best thing to do is create 3 fake Facebook accounts prior to trying to hack so you have access to the three friends you might end up choosing.
How to protect yourself?
- Learn about recovering your account from friends. You can select the three friends you want the password sent to. That way you can protect yourself from a friend and other mutual friends ganging up on you to get into your account.
- Use an email address specifically for your Facebook and don’t put that email address on your profile.
- When choosing a security question and answer, make it difficult. Make it so that no one can figure it out by simply going through your Facebook. No pet names, no anniversaries.
Method 2: Phishing
This method is a little difficult for a regular non-computer literate individual as it requires you to have the ins and outs of coding as it involves website cloning. With phishing, you create a fake login page that you direct your target to either by sending an email or by creating a Facebook post that you know they will certainly click.
The reason why this process is a little hard is because you would need to buy a domain name, buy a hosting account and tweak the cloned code so that it copies and stores the entered details like email and password so that you can access it with ease.
Creating a clone makes it easier because the cloned website will look exactly just like facebook especially if the target does not look at the address bar or if they are not smart enough to identify malicious links.
Users are very careful now with logging into Facebook through other links, though, and email phishing filters are getting better every day so that only adds to this already difficult process. But, it’s still possible, especially if you clone the entire Facebook website.
How To Protect yourself
- Don’t click on any sketchy looking links that ask for your information because phishing can also happen through pop up ads and even a text message.
- Use anti-virus & web security software, like Norton or McAfee.
- Don’t click on links through email. If an email tells you to log in to Facebook through a link, be wary.
More ways to protect yourself from facebook hackers
- On Facebook, go to your Account Settings and check under Security. Make sure Secure Browsing is enabled. Firesheep can’t sniff out cookies over encrypted connections like HTTPS, so try to steer away from HTTP.
- Full-time SSL. Use Firefox add-ons such as HTTPS-Everywhere or Force-TLS.
- Log off a website when you’re done. Firesheep can’t stay logged in to your account if you log off.
- Use only trustworthy Wi-Fi networks. A hacker can be sitting across from you at Starbucks and looking through your email without you knowing it.
- Use a VPN. These protect against any sidejacking from the same WiFi network, no matter what website you’re on as all your network traffic will be encrypted all the way to your VPN provider.
The most effective way to protect yourself from hackers is making sure you share the least of information on your social media because as much as I can advise not to be on Social Media at all, just a few will take the advice.