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5 ways hackers can hack into your Facebook or Instagram account


Facebook and Instagram are the most popular communication platforms in the world, with nearly 4 billion users worldwide, so hackers are heavily targeted because of the invaluable information and data that the accounts contain.

Although Facebook constantly provides multiple ways to secure user accounts, sometimes if you have a notification in your phone that there is an unusual attempt to log in to your account from a strange geographical area or device you've never heard of before, it can cause you a lot of anxiety and panic at the same time.

So to help you stay calm and get out of such incidents with minimal losses, today we'll review the most prominent ways hackers can steal your account data, and what to do if you receive a suspicious login notification to your account at any time?

First: What methods do hackers steal your Facebook and Instagram account data:

There are many ways hackers can get login data for different accounts, the most important of which is your email address, the most famous of which are:

1-Data breaches:

Online data leaks and breaches occur regularly, and if hackers can't access login data directly in apps like Facebook and Instagram, they can get that data if another website is compromised and the stolen data contains your account information, and then they can carry out an attack called credentialing attack to access your account.

A hacker in a credential stuffing downloads a database containing as many usernames and passwords as possible, and then this data is entered into an automated hacking tool — such as Selenium, CURL, or other tools specifically designed for these types of attacks — to test it on a wide range of websites and mobile applications, and the more data the hacker has obtained, the more likely it is to hack into your account.

In addition, your Facebook or Instagram login data may be leaked through another app connected to your Facebook or Instagram account, for example: in June last year, cyber criminals reached thousands of account passwords in the Instagram app, after they were able to hack into the SocialCaptain app.

2-Phishing campaigns:

This happens if you click on the URL and enter your data via a fake registration screen for facebook or Instagram, for example: Kaspersky's digital security researchers in January uncovered a phishing campaign that attracted victims to fake login pages by threatening to block their Facebook accounts for copyright infringement.

3- Stealing passwords:

Malware can also steal login data, for example: many applications downloaded from unreliable sources contain built-in malicious software called keylogger that records keystrokes, and in this way cybercriminals will get every username and password you enter.

4. Theft (access codes) Access token:

Sometimes hackers may be able to steal your Access token — a digital key that saves your computer that gives you access to your account without entering login data every time you sign in to Facebook or Instagram — and then if the hacker can get a valid code, they can access your account without the need for a username and password.

Facebook was attacked in 2018, with hackers being able to exploit Facebook's code vulnerabilities to access access to kens and access to access codes for up to 50 million Facebook accounts. Icons can also be stolen through browser extensions.

5. Fake sign-in notifications:

You may get a notification to try to sign in to your account from a device you don't know, but in fact it may be a false notice, which is a little different from the known phishing, here instead of threatening to block your account, the hacker will give you this notification with a URL link to a fake website similar to the real login page of the Facebook or Instagram app, hoping that you will enter your account data in this fake site.

Second: What should you do?

Sign in to your Facebook or Instagram account, but certainly not through the link in the notification, instead use the app in your phone, or enter the URL manually in your browser, if your password does not work and you are blocked, immediately recover the password, in the Facebook app via this link, and in the Instagram app via this link.

If you can sign in to your account, go notifications in the app for additional information, then go to the account login screen, if you don't see any suspicious entries, it means that the message was just a phishing message, but if you see something suspicious in the account login list, take the following action immediately to mitigate the damage:

  • Sign out immediately from your account on all devices you've previously used.
  • Confirm your phone number and email address in account settings.
  • Set a new password, make it powerful and unique and don't use it anywhere else.
  • Activate binary authentication 2FA to make future account penetration more difficult even if you get your password.
  • Scan all your devices using reliable antivirus software to make sure they are free of malware.

Changing your behavior and bad habits in handling your online accounts and electronic devices, securing them well helps you reduce your risk, and to see how you can do this, you can see an article: "5 things you need to do to protect your accounts from hacking through 2021."