Social media accounts especially Facebook are always under constant threat from hackers targeting different accounts. An article from the Daily Insider in mid-2021 posted that about 553 million Facebook account information was leaked by a hacker on an online forum. “The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and – in some cases – email addresses.
Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified several records by matching known Facebook users’ phone numbers with the IDs listed in the data set. We also verified records by testing email addresses from the data set in Facebook’s password reset feature, which can be used to partially reveal a user’s phone number.”
The hackers claim to have obtained the data by scraping rather than hacking or compromising individual users’ accounts. Scraping is a process of web data extraction or harvesting where publicly available data is accessed and organized into lists and databases. However this still poses threat to Facebook users, this information can be used to extract users’ login details and their online identity might be used to carry out theft online.
If you have forgotten the password to your Facebook account and you still have access to the email account or phone number you used to sign up for your Facebook account, you can easily reset your password through the Facebook website. However, if you were hacked, your phone number or email might have likely changed and you have to take some extra measures outside of Facebook to recover your account.
How to recover your compromised Facebook account
If you have lost your Facebook account due to a personal hack or a system compromise, the best thing you can do is to hire a data recovery personnel that will work as a personal investigator for your case. Facebook’s account recovery service is not known for its timely and efficient response to hacking claims maybe because they don’t want to believe in the vulnerability of its system or the requests are just too much for them to respond to in time.
Hiring recovery personnel is key if you want to recover your hacked account. You can hire recovery personnel from Recoveries Pro today. Recoveries pro is home to different recovery experts from different fields. To hire one, you just have to file a claim and our team of experts will get in touch with you.
How to reset your Facebook password
Step 1: Go to the Facebook hacked account resource page. Here, you will be required to enter your account’s email or phone number to search for your profile in the Facebook database. If you can’t find your profile enter something different from what you entered before.
Step 2: Facebook will instruct you to enter the old or current passwords. Just input the old password or the password you remember using last.
Step 3:Since you entered an old password, Facebook will tell you sorry you entered an old password. At this point, click on reset my password to move forward.
Step 4: Change the email. You will be receiving the password reset link by clicking on no longer have access to this referring to the present email.
Step 5: Change your email to a trusted one and wait for the password reset link to be sent. In some cases, additional verification like Driver’s Licence and National Passport might be required to verify your identity further.
How Facebook accounts are hacked
Phishing is relatively easy and considered a beginners technique, but it is an effective method hackers use to hack social media accounts. Phishing attacks have a 50% success rate if the target is unaware of basic internet terminologies. Phishing attacks can be of various forms, and the most common is where the Hacker creates a fake login page that looks like that of a social media page. The target will think it is the usual login page and input their login details on the replica login page. The email address and password are stored in a text file on the Hacker’s database.
How to detect a Phishing Page?
- Check the URL for SSL certification or the padlock sign, which symbolizes a secure connection.
- Avoid logging into social media accounts through third parties websites.
- Use Modern web browsers that identify the phishing page.
- Avoid emails or text msgs that ask you to log into your social media account.