No one likes getting hacked!

How many times have you gotten a message from a friend saying, “Don’t accept any more friend request from me. My account has been hacked!”?

Has this happened to you? Nobody likes their account getting hacked and the problems that come with it. Nobody likes the aggravation, the stress, the potential damage to reputation and credit report, nor the time to fix it all.

Some people never fully recover their account and have to start over.

This video explains five simple things to do to prevent your Facebook account from being hacked. None of these are very time-consuming or expensive, but the results of not doing them can be very time-consuming and costly.

Here are the five tips I recommend watching the video because it demonstrates how to do it. Of course, please be mindful that nothing is 100% secure. If somebody wants to hack into your account and know what they’re doing, they can do it. These five tips are powerful enough to prevent almost any hacker from getting into your account, but not everyone.

Tip #1: Passwords

Make sure you use very secure and complicate passwords. How many times have people used “123456” or “password” as their password? It’s crazy!

It would be best if you had very complicated and long passwords that are almost impossible to hack. Here is an example of one that I use in the video: vBe#uqy^&UkUtd&90bRPAZyw3G*

Now the problem of using such a password is you can’t remember it, correct? This brings up the obvious logical next step, which is to use a password manager like 1Password or LastPass. There are lots of them out there. It makes it a lot easier to make every password different on every website or account and not remember them.

There is a fee to use some of these, but it isn’t very much, and it certainly is nothing compared to the time you spend recovering your account.

I have over 3500 passwords for all my customer’s accounts. I use three different password managers, but I don’t have to remember anything except the passwords to log into my password managers. To me, it’s entirely worth the $39 a year to pay for them.

Tip #2: Use Two-Factor Verification

This compelling feature allows you to access your account and verify that you send a text message to your phone or an email to your account. You have to enter the code that you receive, and it confirms that you are whom you say you are.

I can’t stress to you how powerful this is. I use it on all my accounts with great significance, such as Facebook, Google, bank accounts, etc.

Someone may be able to figure out my password right now. There is no way to get around the verification process when they send a code to your phone. You can even set it to be only needed once a month or every time you access it. It just depends on what you want.

Facebook here’s how you do it: you go to settings and privacy. Open the settings tab. Click the security and login tab. Click the two-factor authentication option and choose your notification methods.

It’s pretty easy and compelling.

Tip #3: Verify Friend Requests

Everyone has gotten a friend request from somebody they did not know. If you look at the person, you realize that you have a couple of mutual friends and sometimes people just hit “confirm” thinking they have a new friend.

In reality, they have a new enemy that is searching for information to exploit.

People often get friend requests from people that they do know and thinking to themselves, “I didn’t realize we weren’t friends on Facebook?” They look through the list and notice that there are a dozen other friends you know connected to this person.

Again, the reality is that they have a nefarious individual seeking a foothold into your life.

It’s essential that you watch the video on this portion because I show things on that video that is very difficult to explain in writing. The main issue is that once some scammer gets a verified account through Facebook, they change their name to the person they are trying to imitate and grab a bunch of related photos, but they don’t change the Facebook account name URL.

If the name and account name don’t match, it’s almost 100% guaranteed that this is a scammer.

If the photos don’t have any comments, or if they’re all done the same day, or there is no significance to any of them other than being pretty girls or something, you know that they are a scammer.

I suggest you report anyone that does this because we need to get these people off the Internet.

Tip #4: Don’t Share Anything On Facebook!

How many times have you gotten an image or a quote sent to you and challenging you to share it? How many times a day does this happen?

I don’t care how righteous, religious, patriotic, full of justice, save the whales, etc. that this meme or message contains, it’s done by somebody seeking free marketing. You are doing marketing for them by sharing this “powerful” message with your friends.

I can almost guarantee that anyone who puts the phrase (or something similar) like, “I bet you won’t share this!” on their message, it’s from a scammer.

Now you’re probably thinking, but this is a great message; why not share it? The reality is, you do not know who that person is who started it in the first place. It’s doubtful that they are that righteous, religious, patriotic, save the earth type of person.

They are a scammer. They are using you.

The same thing is true with copy and paste. If you copy and paste something and share it with your friends, all a scammer has to do is do a Facebook search for any line of text that’s in that forwarded message. Every person who has posted it can now be found.

And that’s all they want to find someone else to exploit.

While I don’t live this rule a hundred percent, I do not recommend sharing anything or copying and pasting anything online.

Tip #5: Don’t Play Any Games

There are hundreds and hundreds of games that people play that all look entertaining and fun and have to do with something about how smart you are, how you look, how angry you get, how friendly you are, something about your horoscope, etc. etc. etc.

People play these games thinking they’re learning something about themselves or just having some downtime entertaining themselves for a few spare minutes.

The reality is, you are giving away your information to the person who created this game.

They are not paying you for this information.

They are stealing from you.

They search through your account for every speck of information they can find, and now they exploit it.

They also can find your friends and do the same thing to them.

Remember, the purpose of this whole post was to try to prevent your account from being hacked. I consider the phrase “being hacked” to include the idea of being stolen from and exploited.

You can do as you wish, but I don’t recommend you play any of those games.

Here are some of my Best Practices suggestions for posting online:

I highly recommend that you create your own content. Don’t copy and paste or share other people’s information but gives your view on these things. Be yourself. Sure things are essential to you and of interest to you. But I don’t recommend sharing anything that may come back to haunt you ten years from now. I know that’s a little hard to do as almost anything can come back to bite you.

The NSA and other organizations are recording everything we do. Every text message, email, tweet, Facebook post, email, and comment is all documented. It never goes away, even when you want it to.

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