Has your Facebook account been hacked? Here’s how to restore and protect it
The social media space has become increasingly vulnerable to attacks by hackers who have developed clever measures to deceive netizens.
Recently, Facebook has become a breeding ground for hackers who want to test their dubious skills to trick unsuspecting users of the social media network. A new scam involves tagging multiple users to trick them into clicking on the malicious links.
Once clicked, users’ accounts are at risk of being hacked, as the malicious link collects all important information about it, including passwords. Various media personalities and influential personalities have highlighted how they have fallen victim to the scam, noting that the links often appear as news articles or video feeds.
File photo of the Facebook logo
On the other hand, some users are lured into clicking on a link to watch obscene videos, leading to websites that collect personal information through what is known as phishing.
Talking to Kenyans.co.ke, Senior software engineer and data security analyst, Thomas Omweri, noted that Facebook users often click out of curiosity without taking precautions.
He added that this leads to the majority of people falling victim to phishing websites.
“A hacker really knows that the mind of a website user is not sophisticated. So, they fool so many users by luring them with a few clicks. Before the user is aware of the matter, the hackers have obtained the personal data,” he noted.
He added that third-party apps have taken advantage of users’ nonchalant behavior by asking for login details to access certain features.
“We have many apps that want to be integrated into the social platforms, but they often ask for permission and login details before giving results. In most cases, users accept such terms without going through their actions,” Omweri added.
The rise in hacking cases has caused a global uproar after several incidents were reported. In April 2022, a Facebook spokesperson advised users not to click on malicious links and refrain from providing personal information online.
“We encourage people not to open any suspicious links or messages, and to use our reporting tools if they see suspicious activity or content that violates our community standards,” he said.
For users who suspect their account was hacked, Facebook has implemented a step-by-step procedure to restore and secure them.
Review your timeline to notice any suspicious activity. This may include; changing your email address or password, changing profile details such as name or birthday, friend requests from unknown accounts, sent messages that you did not write and posts or ads that you did not create.
Visit Facebook(dot)com(forward slash) hacked to secure your account.
Facebook will ask you to change your password and review recent login activity.
Log out of all sessions.
Report the suspicious activities to the service provider, in this case to Facebook.
Furthermore, you secure your account by activating two-factor authentication and using strong passwords.
An undated photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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