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How Hackers Are Getting Access to Facebook Accounts

Hacking can ruin a person’s reputation and cost them thousands in lost advertising revenue. That’s what happened to Dale Berry, the owner of a preschool English academy in Japan who got his Facebook account compromised by scammers. Hackers posed as legitimate ads on his account, draining his business of cash and caused him to lose his reputation.

The hackers first targeted people who had weak passwords such as “qwerty” and “password.” Once they have access to an account, they look at the top five most popular friends and pretend to be one of them to ask for a password reset code. They then use a security feature that allows people to add their friends as trusted contacts in the event they lose their password, and ask trusted friends to provide the one-time password in order to gain access to the account.

Another method hackers can gain access to accounts is through the purchase of stolen login details. A cache of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn and Facebook passwords was recently found for sale on the dark web. Many of these passwords were stolen by a custom Trojan malware which affected millions of Windows-based computers between 2018 and 2020.

Users can stay safe from attacks by constantly making sure that the address bar of their browser is Facebook and not a different website. They should also make sure to use a password that is composed of numbers spaces, letters, and spaces and never use the same password for other social media or email accounts. They should also check their notifications for activity regularly. Twitter for instance, will notify users when there’s an unusual login on any new device or place.

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