According to redtape.msnbc.msn.com, about 600,000 Facebook accounts could be compromised each day. It’s a huge number in anyway you look at. Each day bring anew the possibility of more people’s Facebook accounts are going to be compromised, and these people will have to worry about what the hackers will do to their lives.
Digital life is no longer isolated in the digital world! In fact, digital life can be pretty much effective in enhancing one’s real life or vice versa. Imagine if someone has your Facebook account credential and is able to log into your Facebook to change strict privacy settings to everyone can see settings for personal information, it can be quite embarrassing and at times troubling.
Here is a worse imaginative situation, what if someone pretends to be you using your Facebook credential to post child pornography? Will the police and other bodies of authorities go after you or the true culprit? As you can see, it’s quite scary indeed!
This is why I think it’s so important for people like us to be paranoid about our computer security at all times. Do not let your guard down for one moment! So, in regarding to securing your Facebook credential, it’s not stopping just at tightening up your Facebook’s privacy settings and changing weak password to strong one, but it’s more of the whole nine yards.
The whole nine yards? It’s more of making sure the computer you are on is free of Trojans and malware and viruses and rootkits. It’s more of making sure the computer network you are on is secure and requiring known users to enter latest and strongest encrypted/algorithmic passphrase before they can use the network. It’s more of making sure securing one’s email accounts with strongest passwords so hackers cannot easily obtain the email accounts’ credentials, otherwise hackers can use these email accounts to reset passwords for your other important online accounts. It’s more of making sure keeping your many passwords safe and secure, and it’s best to encrypt your passwords and store encrypted passwords in encrypted hard drives — you don’t have to lose passwords and yet prevent hackers from easily obtaining these passwords. It’s more of making sure not to download strange software and communicate with strange people and open up strange emails and click on strange links in emails and click on strange links in instant messengers and so on. Oh my, it’s more of a lot more, but I think you get the gist!
Anyhow, Facebook users best to change password at least once a month, and make sure password is strong enough to beat dictionary brute force cracking password method and memorable/unique enough so you don’t have to forget it. It’s hard to create such password, but it’s worth it in the end! Once log into Facebook, make sure change the privacy settings to stricter settings. Don’t forget to remove applications that you are not trusting from having permission to interact with your Facebook account. An example would be do not allow strangers to view your mobile numbers.
If you have a Facebook account, you must maintain it. Even if you do not maintain it, you still have to make sure you visit it once a month at the least. This way you can be sure your Facebook account is alright and isn’t doing something malicious without your knowledge.
OK, let me backtrack a bit, don’t try to install unknown antivirus software and computer security software, because these software might be malware themselves. It’s best to use well known computer security software such as Norton of Symantec. I’m sure there are other great computer security software out there, but I don’t have them at the top of my head at the moment, and so you have to do some research!
Let end this post by me saying more of the same, if you know how to make it super hard for hackers to hack your Facebook account, then you’re halfway success in preventing hackers from hacking many other accounts of yours, assuming you’re as devoted to securing other accounts the same way you have with your Facebook account. Why halfway? The other half is rest on the shoulders of the web service providers and various factors that are outside of your control. If the web service providers lack in security measures, hackers don’t have to hack you but they can just hack the web service providers directly and obtain your credentials along with every other user who uses the same web service providers.