Password hacks are a regular feature in the ever connected world. Password hacks are just one of the threats that we all face in the online world. There are scores of other ways we can lose our password or get locked out of our account, scam, phishing, free offers, lottery offers, the list can go on and on.
I have tried to compile a few safety tips that could help you keep your Facebook account safe, courtesy Facebook Security Tips.
- Know how to spot a scam: if an offer looks too good to be true, it often is. Don’t fall prey for free airline tickets, free stays or so many other ‘Free’ offers. Why will anybody give away free stuff, remember that nothing comes free in this world. Another scam that falls under this category is “Please send money” scam. This scam usually is the result of someone’s FB account getting hacked by a cybercriminal. The criminal uses the account to send out a message to everyone in the friends’ list of the hacked account – claiming that he is stuck in a foreign country with no money and desperately needs your help. You can find detailed info and how to secure your account here: https://www.facebook.com/help/scams
- Phishing: sometimes you will encounter fake websites which look deceptively similar to the original website. Once you enter your username and password it gets captured by the scammers and you get locked out of your account, and then your account starts sending spam messages to everyone in your friends’ list automatically. How can you get your account back and keep it safe? Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=168134929914064#What-is-phishing?
- Scripts: also called a Malicious scripts scam, you will be asked to copy and paste text into your browser, supposedly to see something interesting – like who has viewed your profile (this is NOT possible in FB). The ‘text’ that you paste is actually a malicious script and can use your FB account to cause a lot of damage to you and your friends list. Stay safe: https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=125714557507825#What-is-a-malicious-script-scam?
- Suspicious emails and notifications: emails asking for your login details (remember: none of the websites, Facebook or LinkedIn or any other site will send you a mail asking for your login details), notifications saying you asked for a New Password, when in fact, you have not. All these are ways the scamsters try to gain access to your account.
Follow these steps to keep your Facebook Account Safe: