Facebook is one of the most used social networks in the world, with a total of 2 billion users. Therefore, scams aimed at stealing data from Internet users or spreading malicious links are not uncommon.
Here’s what you can do to avoid falling into scams:
Be careful when receiving messages from strangers or strange messages from strangers and never click on suspicious links.
- Fake pages
Before clicking and sharing links from any page, make sure it is not false news. Many malicious links use Internet addresses similar to large news sites and even have pages copying the official layout.
Also avoid accepting fake account invitations as they are often made to apply scams and attempt to steal users’ access to the network.
- My Account
Facebook lets you use apps in conjunction with social networking. However, some of these applications such as games, quizzes and personality tests can be used to steal information. To avoid this, go to Settings, search for “Application,” and remove access from suspicious apps.
The same goes for browser extensions. Before accessing your account on the social network, see if there is any suspicious extension installed. If you have, uninstall and then log in to Facebook.
- Active Sessions
In the settings you can check the active sessions of your account and check if your Facebook was accessed in some strange computer or region. To do this, go to “Settings”, then “Security” and look for “Where did you connect”. If you identify a suspicious connection, tap the three dots that appear next to the device and click “Is not you?”. Now, if you have logged in, but forgot to move, select the “Exit” option.
- Two-factor authentication
Enable Facebook’s two-factor authentication function. That way, you’ll always know that someone tries to access your account because you’ll receive a notification to confirm that it’s you who are trying to access the social network. The function can be activated in the “Security” area. Take the time to enable notifications about logins made on unknown devices, and you can still choose from three to five friends in case you lose access to your account.
- Change your password
If you notice that you have fallen into a hit, change your password immediately – not only from Facebook, but also from other social networks and emails, and notify Facebook via the link www.facebook.com/hacked and your friends, because hackers can use your account to try to spread malware to your contacts.