This article includes 13 Ways To Improve Security of Your Facebook Account.
MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday warned against Facebook accounts being used by hackers by to dupe people.
One 17-year-old user of the social media site, identified only as “Anna,” revealed that she nearly became a victim of a hacked Facebook account.
She uses Facebook to socialize with friends.
Anna said she was elated when she received a Facebook message from one of her friends, an international model, inviting her to also become an international model.
Anna said she agreed to meet with the sender of the message, even giving her phone number to the person she believed to be her friend.
Anna, however, was surprised to know that her friend was still in Hong Kong.
Her friend said her Facebook account was hacked and an unknown person was using it to send messages to Anna.
Anna said she was afraid that she might get kidnapped by the hacker.
She did not meet the Facebook message sender, who also called her up around 40 times on her phone.
Anna said she answered one call and told the person on the line that she wants to talk to her friend.
The other person claimed that her friend was coming.
Anna then answered back, saying she already knows that the other person is fake.
Anna also warned her friends about the incident and was surprised to find out that the hacker also got in touch with another friend.
The NBI said criminal syndicates are using Facebook to fool people.
Migdonio Congzon, Jr., head of the NBI’s Computer Crimes Unit, warned that syndicates could be involved in either kidnap for ransom or prostitution.
To prevent hacking incidents, the NBI urged people to be careful about adding friends in their social network and to set their accounts to private.
The agency also advised Facebook users to give only limited information about themselves and avoid chatting with total strangers.
Facebook users should also have better passwords to prevent their accounts from easily being hacked, it added.
Facebook security tips
Facebook has tips to improve security of user accounts:
- Don’t click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails. If the email looks weird, don’t trust it and delete it from your inbox immediately.
- Be wary of where you enter your password. Just because a page on the Internet looks like Facebook or another site you use, it doesn’t mean that it is. Check the address bar in your browser, and learn to tell the difference between a good URL and a bad one. If you ever have doubts about the legitimacy of a link, simply type the website’s URL (for example, http://www.facebook.com) into the address bar.
- Be suspicious of any email or message that contains an urgent request or asks you to update your information or provide new information.
- Be suspicious of emails or messages that contain misspellings or use bad grammar, especially if they’re from someone who is usually a good writer.
- Make sure you have an up-to-date web browser equipped with an anti-phishing blacklist.
- Make sure you have up-to-date comprehensive security software on your computer that includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, and a firewall.
- Make sure you’ve set your operating system to update automatically.
- Make sure you’ve listed a security question and answer for your online accounts. This will come in handy if you ever lose access and need to prove who you are. You can do this on Facebook from the Account Settings page. You should also add a mobile phone number, which will help if we ever need to send you a text message to confirm your identity.
- Don’t share your passwords with anyone. Most reputable online services will never ask for your password through any form of communication.
- Use different passwords for your various online accounts. If you use the same password everywhere, and it’s stolen, you could lose access to all of your accounts at once.
- Use a complex password that can’t be easily guessed. Avoid common words, and make sure your password is at least eight characters long and includes capital and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Remember that you choose what you share and with whom you share it. Think before you post, especially if the information is sensitive or personal in nature.
- Use caution when accessing or sending information over an unsecured public wireless network. Unless you can verify that a Wi-Fi network is secure, you may want to avoid transmitting sensitive information.
Facebook also has a support desk for users who encounter problems about their accounts.