How to Stop Hackers From Getting Into Facebook Accounts

If you suspect that your Facebook account is compromised, you need to change your password immediately. If you use Facebook as a login for apps such as Spotify or Instagram make sure you change the logins. This will prevent the hacker from accessing these services via your hacked Facebook account.

A hacked Facebook account can offer hackers an unending supply of personal information. Hackers can make use of this information for nefarious motives, such as taking credit card numbers or sending out fake credit card offers or scams using phishing. They could also use the compromised account to send threatening messages to friends, or even post on your timeline with your name (as if you did it yourself).

One app ink net of the most frequent ways hackers gain access to an account is when they exploit a flaw in Facebook’s app code. A bug in the iOS Facebook application allows hackers to take over cookies, and steal the “access token” of an iPhone user. These tokens are digital keys, allow them full control over the user’s Facebook Account, as well as any other website they sign into with their Facebook credentials.

A hacker may also gain access to an account through brute force attacks. This method involves figuring out passwords, usually the most commonly used ones like 1234567890 or 123456789. Hackers also gain access to accounts through scanning compromised credentials. There are several free tools that can be used for scanning for stolen information, including the popular website called HaveIBeenPwned.