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Many Facebook users accounts are being hacked at the moment; there seems to have been a spate of complaints coming from friends and acquaintances.

Edit: What to do if you have been hacked through the recent porn hacks – November 2011 

There are many ways to get hacked on Facebook; using an open Wifi connection seems to be the quickest and easiest way. Or the old scam email that tells you to reset your password or just by clicking a dodgy link.  There are various programs hackers can use and even videos on youtube on how to do it.

Facebook seem to be jumping on it as fast a leopard leaps on his prey, so says one of my relatives; she received a message from Facebook saying that someone from another country had accessed her account, could she confirm this was her and or change her password, she was thrilled that they acted so quickly.

Prevention

You can prevent this simply, by first making sure your password is difficult – containing characters other than just letters; some techies advise that you shouldn’t even use real words but use a mixture, similar to the generated ones you are sometimes given like – diwpDe32DF.   If you are worried about having too many different difficult passwords you can use a password manager. The Next Web explain these thoroughly here – A Beginner’s Guide to Password Managers (And Why You Should Start Using One)

Secondly and most importantly you must access Facebook with HTTPS enabled: Most people should have this option by now, as it was brought to Facebook in November. What is Https is included on the link above.

Here’s how

Click Account (top far right)

Click Account Settings

Where is says Account Security (under Privacy) click change

Tick the box that says Browse Facebook on a secure connection. (HTTPS)

While you are there, if you haven’t ticked it yet; tick When a new computer or mobile device logs into this account- Send me an email. Obviously if you do get an email from Facebook, make sure it is Facebook 🙂 As I said before there is a dodgy email going round giving you a new password – The say its from FaceBook – little give away its not from Facebook.

Hit save !

One of the reasons people are getting hacked is to facilitate a Scam.  So watch out for this…

Someone posing as your friend or relative,  messages you saying they have been mugged, robbed, have no phone, no money, and can’t get home.  Similar to the old email scams but this is now seemly coming from your friend whom you are worried about.  They ask you to transfer some money to an account.

It seems stupid but people have been caught out by it, as they think it is a friend in trouble, and we’d all help out a friend in trouble.  Obviously if  you see this, report it immediately.

Have you been hacked on Facebook? I’d love to know how you think it happened, or how Facebook dealt with it.

Don’t forget to activate your HTTPS

Hope this helps