Facebook has become an integral part of our lives as we need to get online everyday. If you are not able to access it even for a day, it seems like you have not contacted anyone for long time. Facebook offers great connectivity and a lot of freedom. You keep so much of your personal information on it that anyone able to access it can create problems. For this you need to secure your account. All of you would have heard of “prevention is better than cure”, so why wait for getting our account hacked, why not prevent it from getting hacked? If you have ever got message saying that your accountmight have been hacked, you would have thought how could that happen. So, I am going to tell you some of the ways that can lead your password to be leaked
Facebook Applications, Causes & Ads
Starting from within Facebook, while you’re logged into your own account, there are a few things you should be careful about. Never click on ads or applications you are not familliar with. Whenever you open a new application, you would see a pop up “Resuest for Permission” as shown below. This is useed to extract your information from your account.
There have been numerous cases of people getting viruses from Facebook ads, or otherwise releasing private details that they never really intended.
Phishing For Facebook Passwords
Recently, Facebook has been a target for spammers that utilize the “phishing” technique.
When you do click on the Facebook link, you’ll visit a page that looks like you’re logging into Facebook, but you’re actually providing the spammer with your Facebook password details.
If the link is something other than Facebook.com, it’s very likely that the email is a fake.
Websites Integrated With Facebook
Hackers will camouflage a false Facebook login page by making it look like an authentic share button.
Always use such links only on website that you trust.
How do you avoid this scenario? Before visiting any sites, log into Facebook on a separate browser tab. Then, in a new tab, visit these sites and use the Facebook share buttons all you like. Authentic buttons that are plugged into the Facebook API will recognize that you are already authenticated and automatically post.
Desktop & Online Applications
Another area of security concern are third party applications that have the ability to pull data from, and post to your Facebook account. I’ve tested countless social networking tools, and usually I don’t think twice about allowing the application access to my Facebook account. This is because it’s usually a well-established application that most people already trust.
But for every well-established app that you can trust, there are probably ten or twenty bogus apps set up mostly to gain access to Facebook authentication details. The moral of the story – before you install an app and provide your Facebook login credentials, scour the web for reviews from other users (or check if it’s listed at MUO).
Logging In On Public Computers
In countries like india where everyone doesn’t have a computer at home or an internet connection is not available at home, peaple go to Cyber Cafe and login through public computers without realising that this could lead to theft of there login info. There are keyloggers that are used to store the keystroke information. For this always prefer to use virtual keyboard(By going to start>>all programs>>accesories>>Ease of access ). The problem that many people don’t realize is that little “keep me logged in” button under the Facebook login fields.
This basically ensures that no matter where else you browse to, or even if you close the Facebook tab, that browser session remains authenticated. Go to any public library where the Internet browser is left open, go to Facebook and more often than not you’ll find that the last person that accessed Facebook is still logged in.
Fake Chat Pop-Up Ads
Another recent phenomenon to fool people into logging into their Facebook accounts is the fake chat pop-up. These ads are known to clone a Facebook chat pop-up. It looks like a random person is trying to chat with you from where the Facebook chat is usually located.