What is Facebook?
Facebook is considered one of the most famous social network websites found on the internet. It’s popularity made online hackers take advantage of any simple bug, exploit, and user’s stupidity that they could find in order to spread their website, virus, worm, or trojan.
Below are some tips you should bear in mind when it comes to creating your first Facebook account. These tips will ensure your account stays safe against spammers and phishers.
1- When creating your Facebook account, make sure you choose a strong password. A strong password contains a mix of capital and small letters, numbers, and characters such as $ or # . These kinds of passwords will make it impossible for any hacker to apply a bruteforce attack on your account. A bruteforce attack is a an attack in which the hacker uses a software that tests passwords found in a text file, on you account, called dictionary text file. Now the trick is to make sure that your Facebook password is totally different than any password you use on any other online account such as your email password and website passwords. This way, if your email password is compromised, your Facebook password will remain unknown.
2- When logging to your Facebook account, make sure you use the official Facebook website. Always check that the page you’re logging from is holding the official Facebook web domain which is www.facebook.com. Phishers will usually try make you login from similar facebook domains such as facelook.com or face1book.com . So always keep an eye. Also, never try login from a page that recieved by someone , even a friend. I managed to steal around 120 facebook accounts just by the phishing technique, so be careful not to get into the trap.
3- Assign a security question to your account. A security question is the most useful technique that will help you regain access to your facebook account no matter what. Even if you lose access to your email, you will still have access to your facebook account if you know the secret question and answer to your facebook account. You can assign one by going to your Account Settings.
4- Assign your mobile phone number with your account. If you ever lose access to your facebook account, you can enter your phone number so the facebook administration can send you a verification code to your mobile phone right away.
5- Never accept a friend request of someone you don’t know. Most experienced hackers are able to hack a facebook account that are friends with. So just to be on the safe side, accept only friend requests from people you know.
6- Last, always make sure you have a good antivirus, having the latest virus definitions updates. Also never under-estimate to have a good anti-spyware program. Do regular scans, and change your password every now and then.
Following the above tips will surely help you keep your facebook account safe and sound.