Every day I log in. I normally see the wall posts on hackers entering the Facebook and wrecking havoc in profiles. The urge to click share button is so strong that, even FB has become medium for spam. We constantly hear about hacker groups announcements on FB crackdown. The reason for all this is attacks on FB is not because of security loopholes in FB but also for loopholes in way we access FB. As quoted by our predecessors “Any system is as strong as its weakest point”. One cannot be too sure about Facebook security, unless you take enough precautions to prevent a catastrophe.
Some Facebook security breaches
The Facebook like and share button was used to send messages to friends to check out out great new app or photo. When users click on link provided it redirected to a site which asked the other users to like and the post was automatically shared to all friends of liked user. But user didn’t get any thing, which angered user and that method lost popularity for that reason. Facebook quickly removed that bug after user complaints aroused.
The second type of breach with users was of providing free iPad or iPhone. The user’s friends accounts were filled with message of providing free iPad or iPhone. The hack used vulnerability in FB photo tool. FB later updated the code.
Facebook Security Tips
- Make sure your Facebook account has enabled Secure Browsing. When ever secure browsing is proper the browser will show lock icon as shown in picture. The shape of icon differs for different browsers.
- If you share your computer with others then make sure you have deselected the “Keep me logged in” option while logging in to Facebook.
- Enable HTTPS support in Facebook. It can be activated by going to account settings. Click on security and click edit. Here make sure check box is selected.
- If you ever find anything fishy about posts report that as spam as shown in image.
If an app does anything fishy then app can be blocked too.
- Build lists to control access to your photos, stories and life events.
- Enable Facebook for mobile and subscribe to relevant posts. Also mobile PIN can be turned on so that only use of that pin would result in action.
- Go to Facebook Account Settings and learn all the settings available in there.
- If you ever want to change anything in Facebook, be it even deactivating your account or re-activating it, do it from logging in to “Facebook” only not by clicking a link in mail.
- Never share you account details on third party website.
- If the popup window used to login to Facebook from other sites doesn’t have any address bar, its better “not to login”.
- Never ever share your account details with anyone except “you”.
- If the browser address bar’s doesn’t contain “https://” and “facebook.com/”, then the site you are going to log in is not “Facebook”. Below is the legitimate facebook login.
- Keep keen eye on address bar. It is shown as “htttps://www.facebook.com/______”. Hence it is Facebook only and you are safe to login.
As a final note,
when in doubt, don’t do it and consult a help center or expert in that matters.