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Cyber security: Facebook increasingly popular with hackers

Hackers use a lot of traps on Facebook, such as posts and fake videos that play on emotions or thrills. Be on your guard and remember to protect your accounts.

As you know, hackers have an increasing presence on Facebook. The most famous trap is a video with a title indicating a serious traffic accident. This can be spread via a message such as "I can't believe he's gone. I will miss him so much", capitalising on the emotion. "There is a link and because you are using your smartphone, you click on it. You are redirected to a fake news site called NewsAmericaVideos, but you can't see the name. When you are on the site, you are asked to enter your Facebook login to confirm your identity and watch that video," explains Olivier Bogaert.

That way, you have given your login details to the scammers. They can proceed with it and send other fraudulent messages to your friends from your account. "And to make money, they can also sell all that information on the dark web."

Two-step verification and authentication

You should also be equally vigilant when using your computer. "Our advice to avoid this kind of attack is to always activate two-step verification on your Facebook profile. Once activated, you can enter your username and password, after which Facebook will ask you to enter the code you received by text message," our commissioner explains.

Even if the hacker finds out your username and password, this will prevent him from logging into your account.

For perfect protection, our expert also stresses the importance of using an authentication application such as Microsoft Authenticator or Google Authenticator. "Those tools are much more secure than SMS because the code you get is changed every 30 seconds."

Source: Federal Police