Facebook: How Do To Keep Your Account Safe?

 

This article details and analyzes the security patterns, and steps available to protect an individual’s Facebook account.

Concept of Identity Theft: Globally, stealing of identities has been a major security concern, what started as a major security concern has resulted to a multibillion dollar run business, and effecting rapid cost on developing, and deploying security systems to tackle it. Thus, most companies spend millions if not billions to address this issue.

Social Media: Social media has an effect on everyone – globally. There are an estimated 1 billion people who use social media platforms, especially Facebook. It is noted that Facebook accounts for 80% of this population on the internet. As millions continue to use, and create new profile accounts on Facebook, so too do attackers, criminals, hackers, abusers, dangerous individuals and organizations also keep trying to manipulate the system. So you see, the social media eco system is a scary place, just like the cold world we live in today in general

In Nigeria, Ghana, United States, Canada, South Africa, UK and other countries globally, an average of 400 people lose their identities, or access to their social media accounts. Recall, that social media is the tool or platform for social communication on the internet.

Account Theft: Case Study

My account has been hacked! I can’t login to my account! Someone other than I, changed my account details and I am now locked out!

1. Password Changed Case Study: A major phenomena, has been when a user (social media user), observes that an email was sent to stipulating that the email address, and password associated with the users social media account has been changed.

You can imagine, the tension, stress, and headache such an individual might experience seeing this message pop into their mailbox, maybe after waking up in the early hours of the day – What a time to be alive!

2. Account Hacked: Case Study

All major websites including Facebook makes use of a SSL and each connection to the website is encrypted using the HTTPS technology. Still, accounts belonging to millions of individuals have been reportedly stolen or tampered with. This is a major issue on a serious security concern, hence the solutions to address this concerns will be addressed. Remember, no website or online service is 100% secure that is why updates, upgrades, and patches are continuously rolled onto the webpages, serves, etc.

How To Identify That Your Account Has Been Stolen?

1. Your mobile phone number associated to your account is no longer listed.

2. Your recovery email address and password has been changed. It no longer belongs to you or what you see is no longer what you provided earlier – Freaking right?

3. You may not be able to access your account.

4. You see posts, pictures and content that you did not upload, or had no idea how those came about.

NOTE: Most times check to see if your social media account is associated with a known mobile application. These apps can post contents on your behalf without your consent, primarily because you allowed them in the first place.

5.  A password reset confirmation link, has been sent to your email and phone number, you never did this – Yes, we know!

It is important to know that the list goes on and on people. Let’s consider the steps taken, which will ensure safety.

Steps To Secure An Existing Facebook Account

1. Use Extremely Strong Passwords: A lot of people use their phone number, spouse name, birthday date, place of birth, individual name, place of schooling, pet’s name, amongst other retarded password mechanism structure.

Please, if you find yourself in this category, the next step will help put you in the right perspective. Take a look at a cryptic password style:

M-_+!r3@#%

45AWX#$@@!!O(_

The list goes on. The password you use must include alphabets, constants, numeric values, characters and more. This makes your account secure, YES to an extent compared to using sloppy retarded password structures.

2. Two Step Authentication: It’s called Two-Step Authentication Verification for a reason. Remember, the first time you key in your password and your Facebook profile appears, it’s called One-Step Authentication(less secure). In Two Step authentication, there is a set of code generated by the secure Facebook server or code app. These codes are 6 or 7 in length (i.e. 9734908). This system works like this:

a. The user logs into Facebook.

b. The user enters their password.

c.  The password if correct is accepted, and the next page he sees is and authentication verification page.

d. The page new ensures that the mobile number registered with the user Facebook account receives an authentication code.

e. The user receives the authentication code via his mobile device, and keys in the code exactly on the Facebook authentication page.

f.   If correct, the browser and phone the user is using to access Facebook is logged and an email is sent verifying the user login details.

g. The user and the user account is protected.

3. Phone Security: Do not make it a habit of giving individuals your mobile phone to do anything you don’t fully know about. A lot of individual’s have lost their account because of this. The bony fact is that reports have associated family members, friends, and relatives amongst others, to an account hack or theft.

4. Spam: Do not click on unknown links shown in a message sent over the email, SMS, or MMS sent over to you. These links are spams, they contain malicious codes and links to dangerous (potential) websites to either log your activity or steal your data. These codes are embedded in the weblink, you are not fully aware of what happens, until you click and become a victim (potential).

Final Conclusion

There are tons, of accounts stolen each minute by malicious people and bots. Thus, security by everyone is vital. Nevertheless, doing all the above does and will not make your account 100% Secure Maximum, but you are guaranteed a 95% security on your accounts should you apply the above. It is encouraged, that you apply this principles and keep your Facebook account safe!

Facebook: How Do I Keep My Account Safe?

This article details and analyzes the security patterns, and steps available to protect an individual’s Facebook account.

Concept of Identity Theft: Globally, stealing of identities has been a major security concern, what started as a major security concern has resulted to a multibillion dollar run business, and effecting rapid cost on developing, and deploying security systems to tackle it. Thus, most companies spend millions if not billions to address this issue.

Social Media: Social media has an effect on everyone – globally. There are an estimated 1 billion people who use social media platforms, especially Facebook. It is noted that Facebook accounts for 80% of this population on the internet. As millions continue to use, and create new profile accounts on Facebook, so too do attackers, criminals, hackers, abusers, dangerous individuals and organizations also keep trying to manipulate the system. So you see, the social media eco system is a scary place, just like the cold world we live in today in general

In Nigeria, Ghana, United States, Canada, South Africa, UK and other countries globally, an average of 400 people lose their identities, or access to their social media accounts. Recall, that social media is the tool or platform for social communication on the internet.

Account Theft: Case Study

My account has been hacked! I can’t login to my account! Someone other than I, changed my account details and I am now locked out!

1. Password Changed Case Study: A major phenomena, has been when a user (social media user), observes that an email was sent to stipulating that the email address, and password associated with the users social media account has been changed.

You can imagine, the tension, stress, and headache such an individual might experience seeing this message pop into their mailbox, maybe after waking up in the early hours of the day – What a time to be alive!

2. Account Hacked: Case Study

All major websites including Facebook makes use of a SSL and each connection to the website is encrypted using the HTTPS technology. Still, accounts belonging to millions of individuals have been reportedly stolen or tampered with. This is a major issue on a serious security concern, hence the solutions to address this concerns will be addressed. Remember, no website or online service is 100% secure that is why updates, upgrades, and patches are continuously rolled onto the webpages, serves, etc.

How To Identify That Your Account Has Been Stolen?

1. Your mobile phone number associated to your account is no longer listed.

2. Your recovery email address and password has been changed. It no longer belongs to you or what you see is no longer what you provided earlier – Freaking right?

3. You may not be able to access your account.

4. You see posts, pictures and content that you did not upload, or had no idea how those came about.

NOTE: Most times check to see if your social media account is associated with a known mobile application. These apps can post contents on your behalf without your consent, primarily because you allowed them in the first place.

5.  A password reset confirmation link, has been sent to your email and phone number, you never did this – Yes, we know!

It is important to know that the list goes on and on people. Let’s consider the steps taken, which will ensure safety.

Steps To Secure An Existing Facebook Account

1. Use Extremely Strong Passwords: A lot of people use their phone number, spouse name, birthday date, place of birth, individual name, place of schooling, pet’s name, amongst other retarded password mechanism structure.

Please, if you find yourself in this category, the next step will help put you in the right perspective. Take a look at a cryptic password style:

M-_+!r3@#%

45AWX#$@@!!O(_

 The list goes on. The password you use must include alphabets, constants, numeric values, characters and more. This makes your account secure, YES to an extent compared to using sloppy retarded password structures.

2. Two Step Authentication: It’s called Two-Step Authentication Verification for a reason. Remember, the first time you key in your password and your Facebook profile appears, it’s called One-Step Authentication(less secure). In Two Step authentication, there is a set of code generated by the secure Facebook server or code app. These codes are 6 or 7 in length (i.e. 9734908). This system works like this:

a. The user logs into Facebook.

b. The user enters their password.

c.  The password if correct is accepted, and the next page he sees is and authentication verification page.

d. The page new ensures that the mobile number registered with the user Facebook account receives an authentication code.

e. The user receives the authentication code via his mobile device, and keys in the code exactly on the Facebook authentication page.

f.   If correct, the browser and phone the user is using to access Facebook is logged and an email is sent verifying the user login details.

g. The user and the user account is protected.

3. Phone Security: Do not make it a habit of giving individuals your mobile phone to do anything you don’t fully know about. A lot of individual’s have lost their account because of this. The bony fact is that reports have associated family members, friends, and relatives amongst others, to an account hack or theft.

4. Spam: Do not click on unknown links shown in a message sent over the email, SMS, or MMS sent over to you. These links are spams, they contain malicious codes and links to dangerous (potential) websites to either log your activity or steal your data. These codes are embedded in the weblink, you are not fully aware of what happens, until you click and become a victim (potential).

Final Conclusion

There are tons, of accounts stolen each minute by malicious people and bots. Thus, security by everyone is vital. Nevertheless, doing all the above does and will not make your account 100% Secure Maximum, but you are guaranteed a 95% security on your accounts should you apply the above. It is encouraged, that you apply this principles and keep your Facebook account safe!

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