Well once again we are back with one more off-topic post about social media hacks to hack users accounts.
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How we are able to make these working hacks ?
So Today, I will explain them how hackers are able to hack social media accounts with various techniques.
And how we are able to do social media hacks to hack people accounts with leaked databases.
Role Of Social Media
There is no second thought about it that the internet and social media has taken a significant share of our life and has taken our everyday monotonous life to a different level.
We are connected to the whole world now in a click and can even get information, fashion, celebrities and our far forgotten friends from every corner of the world.
We make our days fun filled with different photos and messages which we keep on searching and browsing through various sites and social media platforms.
However, have you even given it a thought that what happens
- When we click any link that appears on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram wall?
- What happens when we get agreed to play any game that comes in our way?
- Provide our information like age and gender and other personal preferences?
- Which might come in the form of a survey as well?
How Social Media Hacks Occurs
Well, people are there to keep an eye on every move you make, every link you click and every page you surf.
We share our information on social without thinking twice and make it readily available for hackers.
Yes, hackers, who are always watching us and this information, make it easier for them to hack our accounts.
For anybody who has been using the internet for the past few years, the word “hack” is not new to them.
A new hacking way is added to the list every 39 seconds. Most of the people can recognize a spam email and know how to ignore it to stop hacking, but social media hacking? That’s new, and we want to know about it.
Ways To Perform Social Media Hacks
Let’s have a look at what are the ways that a hacker can use to hack our social media accounts.
This would not only make us more conscious but would also help us in using our various social media platforms in a much better and responsible way.
If you spend some quality time online, you will come to know that there is no particular tool which the hackers use to hack your social media.
Though few websites are there, who claim to be the hacking tools those are also bluff. Hackers have their ways of doing things; some of them are:
- Database Leaks Check-up
- Social Engineering
- Session Hijacking
- Browser Extension Hacking
- Saved password
- Malicious application hack
- DNS Spoofing
Now what are they and how are they being used for this illegal work?
I will be adding a header “One of the Important Social Media Hacks :” before every important hacking tip.
One of the Important Social Media Hacks : Phishing
Phishing is the first and the most effective way of hacking; it is also called the n00b technique since it is the most effective one.
Usually, hackers hack the accounts through phishing of those victims who are not very well accustomed with the internet terminologies.
What happens in phishing?
Through phishing, the hacker replicates the real login page. Victims generally consider the same as the actual login page mistakenly and put their user ID and password to log in.
Through this fake login, your data get stored on the next page, and the hackers very quickly get your information.
Now the question comes, how to identify the phishing?
- Check the URL before logging in
- Do not use unknown and new devices to log in to your social media
- Do not fall for the emails or the text messages which requires you to login to your social media accounts
- Use updated and modern web browsers which can identify a phishing page
One of the Important Social Media Hacks : Key-logging
Key-logging is the easiest way to hack our social media accounts.
Key-logger is generally a virus that starts keeping a log on every key input in your computer.
The Key-logger can send these logs very quickly to the hacker through the internet.
Keylogging is very difficult to detect. Hence one needs to be super careful while using the internet since key loggers are sometimes not even recognized by the computer experts.
How to identify the Key-logging
- Use a good anti-virus for your computer/ laptop
- While using any new exterior device, run a thorough scan on the same
- Be careful while downloading anything from any website. Download only from trusted and legit websites
Database leak is another dangerous way of hacking your account. We all use database connections, and we use it as “connection pool” since database connections are not free.
The developers generally close a relationship after being used, so that it can go back to the pool to be reused by some other user.
However, if the link is applied and then is forgotten, no one closed it, it can turn into database leakage.
Every year many database connections are not closed at the right time, and that gives access to the hackers to your database and to your vulnerable personal information through which the hacker can access your email, personal information, send messages to your contacts, steal money, and they can also sell it to the black market of cybercrime.
How to detect a Database leakage
- After the use of the database, you can open the SQL and check if any connection is already dangling there
- Connection leakage can also be detected during testing
- It is also advisable to keep a strong password which is tough to hack
Social engineering is another form of hacking which is very common and very useful.
Though it is widespread, it requires much knowledge in doing the same and hacking through social engineering meaning that the hacker would try and get as much information available as possible about the victim.
That information can be your mobile number, your date of birth, mother’s maiden name, native place, nickname and other security question.
If all this information is with the hacker, they can quickly recover your password and get into your social media accounts.
How to protect your accounts from social engineering?
- Your passwords should always be strong and the most uncommon. Common passwords like the alphanumeric of your name and dob, or your boyfriend’s name, any parents’ birth-dates, should be avoided.
- Keep changing your passwords in a few months.
- Always keep the “login alerts” option activated for your social media accounts.
- Do not open any links which seem to come from a suspicious and unknown site.
Another form of hacking any social media account.
Whenever any user accesses their social media account through any browser, then a connection is made between the browser and the social media server and a session is also maintained by the server for user authentication.
This session gets saved the cookie settings of your computer, and the hackers use these cookies settings to get to your session details.
This situation generally happens whenever you log in to your social media accounts from an unsecured connection or what we call HTTP and not HTTPS and if on a widely used LAN or wi-fi connection.
How can you prevent social engineering?
- Always try to use a secure connection.
- Try to clear your cookie history daily, if not possible, 2-3 times a week.
- Avoid accessing social media accounts when on a widely used LAN or Wi-FI connection.
Browser Extension Hacking
This hacking can happen if the victim/ user and the hacker are on the same network, now if the victim is accessing any of his/her social media accounts, the hacker can get control of your mind, maybe not entirely but indirectly.
Generally, when we browse any unsecured websites or webpages, it asks us to download a browser extension.
While we download and install these browser extensions, it starts performing some tasks which are being controlled by the hacker.
Tasks like liking a particular Facebook page, posting on your wall, share it with your friends or joining a group, etc.
How to prevent browser extension hacking?
- Monitor your activities; once you check your social media page activities periodically, you might know there is something wrong.
- Do not trust any third-party website and do not download anything from them.
- Try an use a secure connection always.
Some of the other time, we all have shared our login details and debit/ credit card details in the web browser.
Not only the hacker, but anyone can access our social media accounts from our browser’s password manager.
A hacker thus gets the physical access to our computer, and they can insert a USB which is programmed to extract any saved passwords in any of our browsers to access our information.
How to avoid hacking through saved password?
- Always choose the option “never” when a browser asks to save your passwords.
- Do not share your device with other people.
- Block the device connectors.
One of the Important Social Media Hacks : Malicious application hack
Instagram is the exception in social media platform which never prompts for any usage or download of any third-party apps or links.
However, Facebook most of the time prompts for the same, and we need to remember that all these are third party and not Facebook.
Whenever you agree to log in to these third-party apps or links “using your Facebook login page,” be sure that this is a malicious application which is asking for your permission to do spam stuff in your computer without your knowledge.
This malicious attach not only access your photos, contacts, personal information; it can also send unwanted messages to your contacts and post things on your wall which is worthless and dangerous.
What can be done for prevention?
- Always double check before giving any permission on Facebook.
- Try and stay away from third-party apps as much as possible.
DNS Spoofing sounds similar to Phishing, however in DNS spoofing, if the hacker and victim are using the same network, then the hacker can replicate the real login page to gain easy access to victim’s social media accounts.
How to avoid DNS Spoofing?
- Manage your DNS servers securely.
- Always use a secure connection.
- Clear cache and cookies before using.
Botnets are hacking an account using a remote-controlled computer or robots.
These bots are made for this, and they are infected with malware which allows them to be controlled remotely.
Though it is expensive to put a set-up of botnets for hacking, thus it is very rarely used to hack login accounts. Some famous bots are Zeus and Spy eye.
How to prevent your account from Botnets?
- Your firewall should always be activated
- Keep your apps and software continuously updated
Apart from all these measures that have been discussed above, all the users can keep their social media accounts safe in a straightforward way.
It is always advisable to keep changing your password every 6-8 weeks; this step would prevent you a little more.
First of all always keep your password alpha-numeric with unique characters, upper and lower case letters and numbers, and when it is time to change the password, changing only the last two digits or the numbers will do.
In this way, it becomes easier to remember the passwords as well.
Although this is true that social media platforms have given us access to the world for communication and interaction, they have also given birth to new risks of privacy and security issues.
In this article, we have summarized how many social media platforms are there which is offering a fresh outlook to our lives, at the same time showing the taxonomy it brings along with some serious security issues and have also highlighted some of the critical anti-threat perspectives which, if followed, can give a new meaning to the usage of social media networking.
The more the new technologies would start getting more advanced for the general and social networking, the more threats would start cropping up giving way to more malicious attacks, phishing, Trojan horses, spywares, and viruses.
We hope that the information security officials, government officials, and other security professionals start getting more serious about this issue and start inventing new tools which can be in-built and can prevent any threats from the very beginning.
These tools should not only avoid the malicious attacks but also should be able to manipulate the data and information stored on the internet websites and social media platforms.
In my view understanding the various perspective of a hacker, we can develop a much increasingly secure and much increasingly sophisticated environment and provide a safer world for transactions and online shopping.
The bad things of them should be taken into good only to goody our country and its progress.