Below is listed a few terms that you should make yourself very aware of while you are using facebook. You will see these terms fly around quite a bit when on the site. Some of the terms not only apply to facebook, but the Internet as well. Such as Phishing and Clickjacking. Both are very popular methods hackers use outside of facebook to trick unsuspecting people into giving up their personal information. Take the time to read and understand each term. It is very important that you do so. It can mean the difference between a great experience on the Internet or a really, really bad one..
Defined - A phishing scam is when someone fraudulently and illegally imitates a trustworthy source to steal usernames, passwords, credit cards info, etc. It can occur through regular e-mail, a link on the web, a facebook wall posts, facebook messages, facebook chat or any other means of communication on the web. On facebook a Phishing scam is usually done to obtain your log in information. On the web it can be use to obtain bank logon's and various other pieces of sensitive, valuable user information. On facebook this will give a hacker access to your facebook account and allow them to reap your profile info and preform more attacks on the people in your friends list. On the web this type of stolen information can allow a hacker to steal your livelihood. A Great example of a Phishing attack can be see at the link below.
How to Get Hacked on Facebook
If you want to know more about Phishing & how to avoid:
Defined - A malicious technique of tricking Web users into revealing confidential information or taking control of their computer while clicking on seemingly innocent looking Web pages. It will usually execute without the user's knowledge, through a button on the web page that appears to perform another function.
Examples can be as follows: The user receives an email with a link to a video about a news item, but another valid page, say a product page on amazon.com, can be "hidden" on top or underneath the "PLAY" button of the news video. The user tries to "play" the video but actually "buys" the product from Amazon.
Other known exploits have been:
- Tricking users to enable their webcam and microphone through Flash (which has since been corrected by Adobe);
- Tricking users to make their social networking profile information public.
- Making users follow someone on Twitter.
- Share links on Facebook.
Defined - A Facebook-enabled clickjacking attack that tricks users into clicking links that mark the clicked site as one of your Facebook "likes." These likes then show up on your profile and, of course, in your Facebook News Feed where your friends can see the link and click it, allowing the vicious, viral cycle to continue through their walls and their friends walls..
Defined - There are weaknesses in facebook that allow unscrupulous facebook application developers access to your facebook information and to use your facebook account as a means to spread a fake viral message/ad across facebook. Once you install a rogue app it does not function as promised. It instead mines your data and/or spam’s your wall in an attempt to spread itself to your friends and throughout facebook.
Defined - One of the latest scheme on Facebook: The creation of Gift Card and electronic giveaway “Events”, that appears to have been created, endorsed and referred to you by one of your facebook friends. Because facebook details who the creator of an event is and it appears to be from a friend, you automatically believe the scam event. The event has not been created by your friend, but instead by a hacker who has compromised that friend’s account. The whole purpose of the scam, like most on facebook, is to get you to give up your personal info or to complete some bogus offer/survey with the promise of something for nothing.
Fake Pages or Groups:
Defined - Any page or group that forces you to like, become a fan, join and or invite all of your friends before they reveal supposedly valuable info or some freebie, "game or other". Most if not all pages that do this have ulterior motives. One possibility is that they are only looking to increase like numbers to the page so they can brag to their friends they made a page that has "X" number of likes. The other, which is much worst, is to dupe facebook users into completing surveys or downloading bad apps so they can make a dime off the user and/or mine the user’s personal data in the process. Either way these type of fake facebook pages open you and your facebook info up. You should stay away from them..
If you follow these 10 facebook anti-hacked commandments, you will be less vulnerable to having your facebook account hacked.