EVERY Facebook user should check their settings to avoid devastating hacking attacks.
There is a simple check you need to do to make sure you have two features turned on.
We are talking about unrecognized login alerts and two-factor authentication.
Both could help you avoid being compromised by online criminals.
Go to Settings and then find the security section.
Then go to Receive alerts about unrecognized logins.
Facebook will notify you if someone logs in from a device or browser you don’t normally use.
You can then verify your account and log out of any suspicious app sessions.
You will be able to see who logs in from where and on what device.
So if there’s something you don’t recognize, log out of your account, shutting out any potential intruders.
If someone has been able to access your account, make changing your password a priority.
And add two-factor authentication to verify any login with a text message, for even more security.
You can do this in Settings > Password & Security on Facebook.
“As always, passwords are a risk for most people, especially when they are reused across different websites,” cyber expert Erich Kron of KnowBe4 recently told The Sun.
“Cybercriminals know that if they get a password, it’s likely to work elsewhere, so they work hard to trick people into revealing it.”
Cyber expert Sam Curry added: “In the short term, consumers need to 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 today still use the password 123456 or ABCDEF,” explained Cybereason’s director of security.
“Today, and with a more complex and diverse attack surface, it’s never a good idea.
“Laziness is no excuse as hackers take advantage of this and their greatest asset is patience and time.”
Remember: someone accessing your Facebook account could be very expensive.
They could collect significant amounts of information that could be used to hack other accounts.
Or they could pose as you to defraud your immediate family, which could drain the joint coffers.
They could even snoop on your private messages and potentially blackmail or extort money from you or your loved ones.
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