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Facebook hackers- they are closer than you may think

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

It’s interesting that when you search “facebook hackers” on the internet, a variety of “how to hack facebook” results are shown. Worrying? Perhaps, but the reality is that this information is probably easier to get your hands on that you initially thought.

Why would hackers want to log into a Facebook account you ask? There are probably many reasons for this. Bored internet users who get a kick out of playing around in other people’s lives or perhaps people are hungry for important information that could help them get their grubby hands on money.

Facebook hackers have become interested in independent applications. It seems that application developers have been putting private user information at risk of exposure. This is due to the fact that they have not applied any security settings to their applications. Application creators or hackers are able to have access to the personal data of anyone who has installed that application. There is information available on Facebook that notifies users who install applications that developers will have access to their personal data. It does not however notify that the developers (potentially the hackers) also have access to that person’s “friends” personal data. As a result of this, Facebook hackers are able to change private information that the user may have on their Facebook profile.

As frustrating as this may be to Facebook users, Facebook as a company has its legal bases covered. The Terms of Service clearly state that Facebook is in no way what so ever responsible for anything that developers may do with personal data.

There are various ways in which Facebook users can make it difficult (but not impossible) for hackers to get hold of data.

▪ Change passwords weekly or monthly.

▪ Use a strong password.

▪ Use an up- to- date browser. (IE6 is not an up-to-date browser)

▪ Use and run antivirus.

▪ Don’t run any javascript in the browser.

▪ Do not click on suspicious links.

▪ Do not provide sensitive information on your profile.

▪ Do not install any third party applications.