Think your Facebook account can’t be hacked? Cyber crooks can take control of your account, no matter how strong your password is or how many extra security measures you have taken.
Hackers have found an easy way to break into your privacy settings, and the hole in the security fence may not get plugged anytime soon. If you’ve linked a phone number to your Facebook account, you need to change it, now!
First, here's a little background. Facebook asks for your phone number so they can text you a temporary password, should you forget yours or if you log-in from a new location or using a new device.
Malicious hackers have found a way to exploit a weakness in the SS7 global telephone protocol that will divert your password to them instead.
It's not only Facebook. Any service that uses SMS messages to verify user accounts have left the same doors open to hackers, including Gmail and Twitter.
Follow these steps to secure your accounts.
- Remove your phone number from your profile. In your Facebook settings, check to see if your number is listed under Contact. If it is, change it to an email address. That'll work.
- Enable two-factor authentication that does not use SMS texts for sending codes. If you want to more about how this works and how to set it up, I've got you covered. Click here to learn more about 2FA to protect yourself from scammers and hackers.
- Alternatively, you can use messaging apps that offer end-to-end encryption that makes your texts unreadable to anyone other than the intended recipient. Three such apps are WhatsApp, Signal, and Silent Phone.
Your smartphone is actually a gold mine to criminals. It's loaded with valuable personal and professional data and it's not as secure as you think.
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