In today’s digital age, privacy is top of mind. But did you know that you could be putting your data and personal information at risk on Facebook?
Today’s cyber criminals are savvy and increasingly turning to social media to find out about targets and then hack and steal their information. How do you know what to post and what to avoid? Here’s a look at how criminals operate on Facebook.
How Do Hackers Use Your Information on Facebook?
This is a form of malware that looks like an advertisement on Facebook but is fake. You click on it, and malware is downloaded to your device or computer. Facebook has security measures that are supposed to protect users from this. The trouble is that some hackers have found workarounds and bypassed the system. Once malware is on your phone or computer, thieves can steal your personal information and credentials.
Asking for personal information.
Another way scammers use Facebook is by manipulating users to share private or sensitive information using different games, quizzes, and tests. To you, it might look like a fun or interesting quiz. However, behind it is a criminal trying to access private details that can help them hack your account. Avoid anything on Facebook that reveals personal data, from your personality to where you were born to your birth sign.
Sending fake friend requests.
Ever gotten a fake friend request? If you’re on Facebook, then it’s likely you have. Often, hackers will create fake accounts and then try to “friend” you to gain access to your details. If you have a Facebook friend already by that name or the sender looks phish-y, it’s best to ignore the request rather than accept it.
Accessing public accounts.
Make sure your Facebook account is set to private. If it’s not, it’s much easier for a hacker to read through your details and use them against you with your permission. Every detail they read on your account allows them to tailor their next scam, so you’re more likely to believe it.
Sending Private Messages with URLs.
If you receive a PM from a friend with just a URL – and you aren’t expecting it – delete it. It’s spam, and a hacker is trying to access your account or spread a virus. Facebook Messenger is one of the prime spreaders of malware.
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