How to Stop Hackers From Getting Into Facebook Accounts

The first thing you must do if you suspect your Facebook account has been compromised is to change your password. Then, if you use Facebook for logging into apps like Spotify or Instagram make sure you change the logins too. This will prevent the hacker from accessing those third-party services from your hacked Facebook profile.

A hacked Facebook account could provide hackers access to a wealth of personal information. Hackers could make use of this information for nefarious purposes, such as getting credit card numbers, and spamming people with fake credit card offers or scams that involve phishing. They can also use the hacked account to send out spam messages to family members, or publish on your timeline using your name (as as if you did it yourself).

One of the most common methods hackers gain access to an account is to exploit an error in Facebook’s application code. For example, a bug in iOS’s Facebook app let hackers hijack cookies and get the iPhone user’s so-called “access token.” These tokens are digital keys that give them complete control over the user’s Facebook account — and because of Single Sign-On, all other websites the person logs into with their Facebook credentials.

Hackers may also gain access to an account by using brute force attacks. This method involves figuring out the password, usually the most popular ones like 123456789 or 1234567890. Lastly, hackers can also gain access to accounts by sifting through compromised credentials. There are several free tools that can be used to search for stolen information, such as a popular site called HaveIBeenPwned.

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