If someone is hacked, it can damage their reputation and cost thousands of dollars in ad revenue. Dale Berry is the owner of an English preschool in Japan. He was victimized when his Facebook account compromised. Hackers used his account to create fraudulent ads, destroying his company and destroying his reputation.

The hackers first targeted people who had weak passwords such as "qwerty" and "password." Once they have access https://www.app-ink.net/hacking-and-protecting-facebook-accounts to an account, they check the top five most popular friends and pretend to be one of them to request for a password reset code. The hackers then take advantage an option to protect themselves that lets users add trusted contacts to their account in case they forget their password. They can request these trusted friends to give them the one-time password to gain access to the account.

Purchase of stolen login information is another way hackers gain access. Recently, a cache of 26,000,000 Amazon, LinkedIn, and Facebook passwords were found for sale on the dark web. Many of these were leaked via custom Trojan malware that infiltrated millions Windows-based PCs between the years of 2018 until 2020.

Users can protect themselves from attacks by making sure that the address bar of their browser is Facebook and not a different website. It is recommended that users use a password combining numbers, letters, and spaces. Never use it on other social media or emails accounts. Also, they should check their notifications regularly for activity. Twitter for instance sends notifications whenever users sign into Twitter from a new place or device.