Social Media Hacking 101: Avoid Being an Open Book on Facebook

More than ever, people are sharing their lives on Facebook. We post our feelings and opinions, interact with friends and post pictures of our family and friends. The more we use the platform, the more it becomes valuable to us (and if you are a business, valuable, period.), and the more it becomes a tragedy if your account is hacked. From the leak of personal information, to lost pictures and hurt reputations, getting hacked can cause some damage. If you are like me, you know your account can be hacked, but you don’t necessarily know how it happens or how to best protect yourself. Let’s have a look at what information is out there.

But, how? created an infographic with ten ways hackers can hack a Facebook account. Side Jacking, or session hijacking, is one of the options. This is when someone steals your access to a website, usually by being on the same wireless public network as you are. As you are enjoying free Internet while munching on Starbucks sweets, someone might be accessing your information through unencrypted cookies. Another way hackers can access your Facebook is through saved passwords stored in your browser. This is called hacking via Stealers – see hack #3 on the infographic. claims the most common type of hacking on Facebook is Facebook phishing. With this approach, the hacker creates a fake Facebook login page – once you login, the hacker gets access to your accreditation.

Better be safe than sorry

Thankfully, there are many precautions you can take to protect your Facebook account beyond your password. For example, by setting up two-factor authentication, “you’ll be asked to enter a special security code or confirm your login attempt each time someone tries accessing Facebook from a computer or mobile device [Facebook doesn’t] recognize”. This is only one of the extra security measures offered directly on Facebook. For more, see Facebook’s privacy basis webpage. There are also steps you can take outside of the platform to be extra careful. For example, Business Insider’s Tech Insider encourages you to do the following: don’t share personal data when on public Wi-Fi, use advanced (and unique) passwords for all platforms and apps, and pay careful attention to links and URLs before clicking on them.


Visit Facebook’s Privacy Basics webpage at

And if it’s too late…

If your Facebook has been hacked (I’m so sorry), the following can give it away: you don’t have access to your account, your name or profile picture has changed, messages that you did not write have been sent or posts on your timeline are not yours. If it’s the case, Telegraph Connect encourages you to change the passwords on all of your accounts (if you still have access), take screen shots of any unauthorized action to report it to the social media provider, and reach out to any contact who might have been affected by the hack.

Here is an important tip: “if the email address associated with your Facebook account has changed, you can reverse this. When an email address is changed, [Facebook sends] a message to the previous email account with a special link. You can click this link to reverse the email address change and secure your account”.

There is a lot of information out there on how to protect our information online and the risks of not doing so. I know that after doing some research, I definitely need to do some updates myself. Have you or someone you know ever had their Facebook hacked? Do you take the necessary precautions to avoid it?

Are you taking the necessary steps to avoid getting hacked? #hacking #tips

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The security of your Facebook account is very important – are you taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and your contacts from hackers?


3 thoughts on “Social Media Hacking 101: Avoid Being an Open Book on Facebook

  1. There is some great advice in your blog – thank you! It’s funny, I tend to get frustrated by security measures and rarely appreciate that they are there to help me. I recently struggled with resetting passwords as my old cell phone number in the UK was where all confirmation codes went – it wasn’t hooked up in Canada and so I had to try very hard to remember all the passwords and memorable information I’d used in order to get everything straightened out! Thanks again for the links to the tips!

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