You just know that a website has hit the big time when hackers are suddenly all over trying to hack it.
Take the case of Facebook. Some 10 years ago, no one but a handful of college undergrads have heard of it. Fast forward a decade later and the same undergrads are millionaires, billionaires even, and Facebook has become the biggest social networking site in the world. It proudly boasts over 1 billion members in 2012. And people are still signing on daily.
At any given time, there are 600 million active users on Facebook. Many of them are sharing the happenings in their lives through status updates and picture posts. Some are chatting through the messaging feature. And always, always, you can tell what’s happening in someone’s life through their Facebook timelines and news feeds.
It’s a good way to stay connected. And many people seem to keep forgetting that it’s just another site on the world wide web. And that anything on the web has the potential to be accessed by other people.
Facebook has in fact been troubled many times over the years by privacy and security issues. And they have taken some mighty big steps to beef up account security. It’s not always successful, though. Not that it’s stopped many users from posting information that should have been private to begin with.
This is why Facebook has always been, and perhaps will always be, a prime target for hackers. There’s just so much potential, so much information that people are sharing publicly without thinking of consequences. And many individuals with malicious intent are eager to capitalize on that.
It doesn’t even take a genius to hack onto a Facebook account. There are many methods. Phishing. Cookie Stealing. Plain old asking for the password and answer to the security questions (Yes, some people still fall for that trick, too.) Some tools are so easy to use that it seems like a joke. You can literally find an online Facebook hack where all you need to do is to input the victims Facebook ID. www.socialhacks.net is a prime example of this phenomenon.
Another common hacker technique is called keylogging…
A keylogger program can take the guise of software. It works by recording each and every stroke made on the computer keyboard. The user, of course, most often remain clueless that this is happening.
The software is downloaded and installed manually on a victim’s computer. And as soon as the computer is turned on, it will start capturing all the keystrokes while remaining undetected in the background. The hacker can then program the software to send the summary of the keystrokes via email.
There are many keylogger programs to be found on the internet. A good number of them are actually free, too.
But keyloggers are not just limited to software. There’s also a hardware version. It works the same way as the software does. The only difference is that it’s usually on a USB drive that needs to be connected to the computer. The USB drive saves the summary of the keystrokes. The hacker then simply plugs the drive into his own computer to retrieve the data.
With a keylogger, any and all information, including the email addresses and passwords used for Facebook and other accounts are recorded for the hacker to use later on.
How can you protect yourself from a keylogger hack?
- Use a firewall.
Information are usually sent over the internet by keyloggers. Having a firewall installed will monitor your computer’s online activity and alert you of anything that looks suspicious. We personally recommend the Barracuda firewall.
- Install a password manager.
If you don’t type anything, the keylogger also captures nothing. Password managers will automatically input the information needed eliminating the need to type anything in. It then leaves nothing for the keylogger to record. We recommend you to use Zoho password manager. It works and is easy to use.
- Update your software.
Hackers work by finding loopholes and workarounds for many of the existing software. Staying updated will go a long way to limiting your computer’s susceptibility to attacks.
- Change passwords.
Change your passwords every now and then. Do it twice a month if you don’t feel safe. This way, even if your account does get compromised, you will have avoided further damage.
Facebook is an attractive target to hackers. But you can do your part in keeping your account safe from them.