If someone is hacked, it can damage their reputation and cost them thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Dale Berry is the owner of an do free antivirus really work English preschool in Japan. He had his Facebook account stolen. Hackers used his account to run fraudulent ads, destroying his business and ruining his reputation.

The hackers first target those who have weak passwords, like «qwerty» or «password.» They then pretend to be a friend and request a code that will reset the password. Then, they take advantage of the security feature that allows people to add their friends as trusted contacts in the event they lose their password and can ask those trusted friends to supply the one-time password to regain access to the account.

Another way hackers gain access to accounts is through the purchase of stolen login details. Recently there was a cache of 26 million Amazon, LinkedIn, and Facebook passwords was discovered available on the dark web. A lot of them were leaking via custom Trojan malware that infiltrated millions Windows-based computers between 2018 to 2020.

Users can stay safe from these attacks if always make sure that the address bar on the browser indicates Facebook and not another site. Users should use a password that combines letters, numbers, and spaces. Never reuse it for another email or social media accounts. They should also check their notifications for any activity on a regular basis. Twitter, for example, will notify users when there’s an unusual login from the new device or from a different location.