Just recently, Yahoo announced that as much as 450,000 passwords and usernames from Yahoo Voices have been compromised. But Yahoo isn’t the only one to suffer at the hands of hackers. Google, Visa, Mastercard, the US Supreme Court. All of them were victimized at one time or another.
Should it come as a surprise to you that social network giant Facebook was a victim as well? Because really, in this day and age, if you have any account that you access on a computer that is connected to the internet, you can be the target of a hack.
So if you receive a warning notice that your account has been hacked, or if you know for a fact that someone has attempted to steal your account information, don’t panic. There are ways and means to protect your account from getting hacked again in the future. This works for your Facebook account and everything else you may have on the world wide web.
1. Change all your passwords.
Passwords are powerful. If any person with malicious intent gets his hands on your password, your account is doomed. So if someone somehow gets your password information, change it immediately!
Actually, change all your passwords on all your accounts. People are notorious for using the same password on all accounts. So if one is compromised, all the others are possibly in danger of being hacked, too. Even if you use different passwords, err on the side of caution and change the others too. Because oftentimes, passwords also follow a sort of theme. For example, you could be using your date of birth as your Facebook password, your spouse’s date of birth on Twitter, and your child’s date of birth on your PayPal account. If a hacker gains access to any one of them, how hard do you think it will be for him to guess what the other passwords are?
2. Use different passwords for everything.
We cannot stress this enough. Do not reuse passwords. Because of this, one hacked password could spell disaster for all the rest of the accounts. If you use different passwords, you make it harder for the hacker to guess them and access your account.
While we’re on the topic of passwords, you might as well be reminded to choose passwords that utilize letters, numbers and special characters in random order. That makes the guesswork even harder.
3. Invest on a good anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
Virus attacks are horrible. They can also be very embarrassing to deal with. And they’re not all you need to worry about. There’s also spyware that remains hidden on the network and are harder to detect. They log everything you type and data is sent to someone else.
So find a good software that doesn’t take a lot of the system power but effectively weeds out the virus and spyware. If you really don’t want to spend any money on it, you can still find some free software on the internet to get the job done. Microsoft Security Essentials and Spybot are two examples that work great.
4. Password-protect your wireless router.
If you have wireless internet at home, set a password for it. Letting it go as is without a password can allow anyone to access your network and “see” what you’re doing. This also lets them grab your information.
5. Use only trusted links on official sites.
Phishing is the most popular Facebook hacking technique. Hacking a Facebook account is hardly any simple task, nonetheless there is websites available such as Hayy who boast of being able to hack Facebook accounts on a consistent basis. It this method, the hacker makes use of a dummy site that looks exactly like the original. It entices you to enter your login information, usually in the guise of letting you know your account may have been compromised so the password needs to be changed or that you won something and you need to log in to know how to claim in. Unfortunately, as soon as you enter your info, the data is gathered and sent to the hacker.
If you get an email that says any of the above or something similar, do not ever click on the link that is in the email body. The best way is to just go to the supposed website with the problem and enter your login details there. Do not trust emails and links from sources you do not know.
Hopefully, the above tips can help you prevent further hacks into your account. But even if you haven’t had your information stolen, it still pays to be vigilant and these tips can go a long way towards ensuring your accounts remain safe and secure.