How to Outsmart Facebook Hackers?

A simple knowledge of how Facebook hackers succeed in their malicious motives, can make you outsmart Facebook hackers.

We all know that Facebook is a favorite target of hackers, because of two reasons:

1) Obviously, first is the number of users Facebook has—in excess of 600 million. Just like marketers, Facebook hackers focus their resources to places where people are.

2) Second, but not a common knowledge among most Facebook users, is that, by virtue of Facebook model, where a user, gets a recommendation, be it an interesting link, app request or video share from a Friend, he/she finds no reason to suspect; a user is always off guard when he/she gets such a link; and clicks and acts without giving much thought to the other motives.This greatly helps Facebook hackers.

No wonder, Facebook accounts are being hacked to spread malware and to steal passwords. Such is the extent of hacking accounts on Facebook that even the founder of the network Mark Zuckerberg and French President Nicholas Sarkozy , have not been spared.

Actually, thousands -- maybe millions -- of Facebook pages have been hacked.

As said above, hackers don’t have to sweat out to hack accounts on Facebook, they just send a malicious link from the compromised account of your one of the Facebook friends. Here is one way hackers get into your account:

One of your friends seems (that only seems) to have sent you a video or awesome photo or link, and suggests you click on it. When you visit the link, the web browser tells you to log in again to see the content of the link. But as soon as you sign in, you are give your information to a hacking site, which now has your user name and password. You have actually been caught by one of the most common forms of hacking called "phishing."

Reiterating again, as most of the times, no one suspects a link coming from his/her Facebook friend, the hackers are very successful with Facebook. A psychological aspect of Facebook model, which we discussed already, not only allowed Facebook to accumulate 600 million plus users with high engagement, is not helping hackers too.

According to PC World , 1.5 million Facebook accounts are listed for sale on a website discovered by Verisign's iDefense Labs. The names were sold for as much as $45 for accounts with more than 10 friends.

What should you do if suspect that your Facebook account is hacked?

Immediately reset your password and send Facebook a message, which will allow the company to look into the situation further. As a preventive measure, make it a habit of leaving any link you receive from your friends, that tells you to relogin. --------

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