Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
– Sun Tzu
The above quotes truly reflect the state of present-day affairs. At least, as far as your Facebook account is concerned. Stalkers and spammers are always looking for a way to break into your account.
But for what? It’s rather simple. to collect any information and other sensitive data. In worst case scenario, your account will be hijacked and compromised to an extent, where recovery is not really an option anymore.
Already there are concerns about massive snooping and the social media giant is facing a lot of flak, from governments and other civic agencies.
In a bid to address the concern related to the security issue, Facebook is now taking some concrete steps.On that front, it is now releasing a security feature, which is purely designed to help the users, looking for a way to prevent the hackers from accessing their respective account.
What is this new security feature all about?
Facebook announced the launch of this new feature on 20th December 2017. The feature is programmed to notify the account owners about any phishing attacks, against their respective Facebook profile.
Is it really a big deal, as proclaimed by Facebook? Let’s see.
The fine points:
- In order to access this new feature, the user just requires to select the Profile Settings.
- Under the section Security and Login, they will find the new feature titled See Recent Emails from Facebook.
In the event, when you receive any emails, this new feature will instantly let you know, if the mail was indeed sent by Facebook or not. If the mail was not from Facebook, then it is indeed a phishing email.
This makes it somewhat convenient for you to distinguish a genuine and phishing email.
Phishing Attacks – At a glance
The good old days, when you reset the password to secure Facebook account is long gone. Times have changed and so are the tools, employed by the hackers.
Phishing attacks are largely deceptive in nature and are done with the sole intention to steal or access login details. Since the user is not aware, they do pass on the credentials, without suspecting any foul play.
How are phishing attacks organized?
In incidents of phishing attacks, usually an email is involved, generally sent by a bank or multinational corporations, which alerts the users of an imminent attack and thus requiring them to change the credentials. The same tactic is used to hack the Facebook profile page, as well.
The design and the language are formulated in a matter, where the user is forced to click, which then redirects them to a look-alike page. Once the user enters the details, the hackers then get the control of the profile page, which is then used to post malicious content.
Any Protective Measures?
Well, there are a few. But it is also the responsibility of the user to adhere and implement the best practices.
- Keep an eye on any messages or emails that are misspelled or contain any typo errors.
- Be aware of a mismatched Facebook logo, which doesn’t really seem authentic.
- Stay away from emails with suspicious looking URL.
There is, of course, this new security feature, which can be of immense assistance. Moreover, Facebook is not in the habit of asking your credit card or bank account details. Any emails purportedly from Facebook asking for any such information should be verified and reported, ASAP.
It is only when you remain conscious about the events taking place, you then have a chance to protect the account from such phishing attacks.
Once your Facebook account is hacked, it becomes necessary to recover it. If you are not in a position to retrieve the account, the best course of action would be to approach the proficient experts. On that note, you can dial the 24×7 Facebook customer service toll-free number.