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Have you ever tried to hack your Facebook account? Or logged in from an unfamiliar area or computer that you can’t remember? Unknowingly leaving a message from your account?
In that case, there may be an unwanted login to your account.
Cyber attacks, account hacking attempts are not new. This trend has increased a lot with the spread of internet. A few days ago, the data of 50 million Facebook users was stolen in such an attack.
As the popularity of Facebook grows, so do the accounts that are being targeted by hackers in many cases due to having personal information and social or business contacts.
Officially, there are about 30 million Facebook users in Bangladesh.
The BTRC said it had received 121 complaints about social media from July to September. Allegations of creating serious crimes or problems using Facebook originally spread to the BTRC.
Nazmul Islam, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyber Crime Division, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said, “Every day we receive an average of about 500 complaints about Facebook. Most of these accounts have been hacked and cannot be accessed.”
However, even if you are a victim of hacking or problems, many complaints do not reach the authorities.
Facebook’s security page Security and Login has been suggested to keep the account secure. It includes:
Password: Facebook password should not be used in any other case or it is not right to share it with anyone. Passwords must contain lowercase letters and numbers, at least eight digits, which no one can easily guess. Passwords such as your name or someone close to you, date of birth, wedding anniversary, year of examination, etc. are always risky.
Login: Facebook’s login information can never be entered anywhere other than Facebook. Many times scammers can create fake websites and ask for login email or password of Facebook ID. In this case, first check the URL of the website. If there is any other word outside of Facebook or if there is any doubt, open the account by typing www.facebook.com
Where many people use the same computer, you must log out after using Facebook. If you forgot, login to Facebook on your phone or any other computer and go to the Security & Login settings to see where you last logged in. There you can identify the device and log out.
Caution in accepting friends: Facebook’s advice is to never accept someone you don’t know as a friend. In this case, hackers may spread spam in your timeline by falsely identifying you as a friend, tagging you in embarrassing posts, or sending hacking messages.
Malicious software or computer: Many times your phone, tab, computer, or even browsing software like Chrome or Firefox can be attacked by special code. You should be careful if your account continues to automatically send messages to others, or shows incorrect history of account usage, or see all the posts in the activity log that you can’t remember.
The computer or mobile is working very slowly, you see software that you have not installed, your search engine has changed but you have not done so, then you must understand that maybe you have been infected.
In this case, Facebook has suggested to clean the computer or mobile using ESET or TrendMicro software. Browser contamination can be done using the Chrome Clean Up tool. Also the web browser should be updated regularly.
Never click on suspicious links: If you receive an email, messenger, or post from a close friend or Facebook friend, which may not match his or her normal behavior, it is best not to click or respond to it. For example, someone might write that he is in danger while traveling somewhere or he has sent a link to your messenger for no reason.In this case you can ask him separately by knocking on the account or sending a message. Facebook has suggested reporting anything suspicious.
However, IT expert Zakaria Swapan says that no Facebook account is completely secure in Bangladesh. Because when a phone number is given at the time of accounting, the authorities who have control or surveillance over those phones can see those messages if they want. Then it is possible for them to take access or control of Facebook.
Experts say law enforcement agencies have some technology that allows members of various forces or agencies to detect or take control of any Facebook account.
How to take extra precautions?
As you can see from the Security and Login page of Facebook, which devices have your ID logged in?
ADC Nazmul Islam says, “I would urge everyone to follow the advice given on Facebook to stay safe.”
“The problem, however, is that when someone is targeted, hackers use a variety of methods to put them at risk. We’ve reported the matter to Facebook.
Facebook has suggested some additional measures for the security of the account. All of this is on the Security & Login page of your account. Enter the security and login by clicking on the sign on the right side of Facebook at once.
As a precaution, Facebook recommends introducing two-tier security and selecting at least three friends.
Information about unfamiliar logins: You will see a little further down, where there are instructions on how to receive alert messages about unfamiliar logins. Right-click on the Edit button and start receiving alerts about the account and messenger login. Then click on the save button and you will be asked for your password. From then on, if your account is logged somewhere, then Facebook will inform you with a message.
Two-Level Verification: At the very bottom of this page you need to turn on the two-factor verification system. In this case, even if someone gets your password, they will not be able to login because they do not have this code. For this you can use an application on mobile number or phone. You can go to the Security and Login page and add your mobile phone number. From then on, every time you log in to Facebook, a free SMS will come and you have to login by entering it.
If the login alert is on, Facebook will send a warning message
Or you can download Authenticator app from Google for mobile. After clicking on the button to add new app to this page on Facebook, the QR code that will come, after scanning it, the app will be connected with Facebook. After that, every time you want to enter Facebook, you have to give the code obtained from this app along with your password to Facebook.
Most people use these two methods. There is also the opportunity to use the Universal Second Factor or Recovery Code through a pen drive.
Selecting a Friend: If your Facebook account gets stuck, you can recover it with the help of a selected trusted friend. At the bottom of this security page is a selection of three to five friends who will help you get back in case your account is locked or hacked. Click on the Edit button and select three to five friends.
However, if you use the computer regularly, then you do not have to follow this procedure after saving the browser.
Some more measures to stay safe on Facebook
Experts are emphasizing caution to keep Facebook safe.
Experts suggest changing the ID and password if you think someone has entered Facebook unauthorized. They also think that the password should be changed every two months.
If you ever feel that someone’s post or statement is harmful or threatening to you, you can report it to Facebook by clicking the report button.
Facebook is working with government and non-government organizations in various countries to prevent the use of offensive language, abusive language or posts for children. This page contains details about this, where Facebook will take action if you make a complaint.