EVERY Facebook user should check their settings to avoid devastating hacking attacks.
There is a simple check you need to do to make sure two features are enabled.
We’re talking about Unrecognized Login and Two-Factor Authentication alerts.
Both could help you avoid being compromised by online scammers.
Go to Settings and then find the security section.
Next, go to Receive alerts on unrecognized connections.
Facebook will notify you if someone logs in from a device or browser you don’t normally use.
Then you can verify your account and log out of any suspicious app session.
You will be able to see who is connecting from where and on which device.
So if there’s anything you don’t recognise, clean up your account session – shutting down any potential intruders.
If someone has been able to access your account, remember to change your password first.
And add two-factor authentication to verify all logins with a text message – for even greater security.
You can do this in Settings > Password & Security on Facebook.
“As always, passwords pose a risk to most people, especially when reused across different websites,” cyber expert Erich Kron of KnowBe4 told The Sun recently.
“Cybercriminals know that if they get a password it’s likely to work in other places, so they work hard to trick people into giving them up.”
Cyber expert Sam Curry added, “In the short term, consumers should protect themselves with strong passwords and also enable two-factor authentication.
“Resetting passwords is always a good security measure, and you’d be surprised how many people still use the 123456 or ABCDEF password today,” explained Cybereason’s security manager.
“These days, and with a more complex and diverse attack surface, that’s never a good idea.
“Laziness is no excuse, because hackers thrive on it and their greatest asset is patience and time.”
Remember: someone accessing your Facebook account could be very costly.
They could glean significant amounts of information that could be used to hack into other accounts.
Or they could impersonate you to defraud your immediate family, potentially rinsing out joint coffers.
They could even spy on your private messages and potentially blackmail or extort you or your loved ones.
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