Hacking can damage a person’s reputation and cost them thousands of dollars in lost advertising revenue. Dale Berry is the owner of an English preschool in Japan. He was hacked and had his Facebook account compromised. Hackers ran fraudulent ads using the account, which stripped his business of cash and caused him to lose his reputation.
The hackers began targeting people with weak passwords like “qwerty” and “password.” Once they have access to an account, they check the top five most well-known friends and impersonate one of them to ask for the password reset code. The hackers then exploit a security feature which allows people to add trusted contacts to their account in the event they forget their password. They can request these trusted friends to give them the one-time password to gain access to the account.
Purchase of stolen login information is another way hackers gain access. A cache of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn and Facebook passwords was recently found available for sale on the dark web. Many of these passwords were hacked by custom Trojan malware which infected millions of Windows-based computer between the years of 2018 and 2020.
Users can be protected from these attacks if they make sure that the address bar on their browsers says Facebook and not another site. It is also recommended to use an account password that includes numbers as well as letters and spaces and never duplicate the same password across other email or social media accounts. In addition users should keep track of their activity notifications frequently. Twitter, for example, sends out a notification whenever there’s an unusual login from an unfamiliar device or location.