How to Stop Hackers From Getting Into Facebook Accounts

If you suspect that your Facebook account is compromised, you must change your password immediately. Then, if you use Facebook to log into apps like Spotify or Instagram, change those logins as well. This will prevent hackers from accessing these third-party services from your hacked Facebook profile.

A hacked Facebook account can provide hackers with a treasure trove of personal information. Hackers can make use of this information for nefarious purposes such as spamming people or sending fake credit card offers. They could also use the hacked account to send spammy messages to friends, or post on your timeline with your name (as if you did it yourself).

One of the most common methods hackers gain access to an account is to exploit a flaw in Facebook’s app code. For instance, a vulnerability in iOS’s Facebook application allowed hackers to steal cookies and steal the iPhone user’s “access token.” These tokens are digital keys that grant the user full control over the user’s Facebook account and, thanks to Single Sign-On, all other websites that the user uses their Facebook credentials.

Hackers also have the ability to gain access to accounts through brute-force attacks. This technique involves guessing passwords, typically the most popular ones such as 1234567890 and 123456789. Lastly, hackers can also gain access to an account by scanning for compromised credentials. There are a variety of free tools that can be used to search for stolen information, such as the popular website called HaveIBeenPwned.