I’ve noticed an increase in people complaining about porn being posted on Facebook fan pages and groups. The scary thing is that pornographic posts can be posted on a group in your name and you will not even know about it. How does this happen?
The most common hack is not really a hack at all. Often games and apps ask you to grant them access to your Facebook profile. This request looks like the image below:
Most of them time, granting access to a game or app is safe and you really do not need to stop playing Facebook games. What sometimes happens, someone “who’s account has been hacked” will share an interesting video or picture, when you click to view it, a screen will popup asking you to grant access to your Facebook profile to view the image or video. These requests are the ones you need to look out for. NEVER grant any app, video or picture, access to your Facebook profile in instances like this.
If you accept the request, the person on the other end of the stick “the hacker” will have full access to post anything they want under your name. Sometimes without you even knowing that it’s being done.
How to check if your profile has been hacked?
There are 2 ways that I could find, please feel free to share any other ways in the comment section below this post. It is better to do these checks on a computer. I never find it easy to do it through a phone or tablet.
The first way is to check your own Facebook wall for any suspicious posts that you never posted. Porn is a dead giveaway when it comes to hackers. New tactics that hackers are using is posting posts on your name in Facebook groups. This way the post will not show up in your own wall therefore, you will not know that the post is even there.
The second way to see if your profile is being used without your knowledge is to check the connections to your account. For example, I use facebook on my Laptop, iPad and my Samsung cell phone, so I should only have 3 (I have a few more but they are all legit) connections likely to my account. Below are the steps to check your connection:
- Click on the little arrow in the top right hand corner of your screen
- Select Settings
- Select Security
- Select “Where You’re Logged In”
- View all the connections to your profile and end any connection that are clearly not you. What is nice is that you can view what city it is being accessed from. So if the connection is from a foreign city, you know you have been hacked.
The next this you can check is the apps that have been authorised on your Facebook account.
- In your Facebook home page (Your main Facebook page once you have logged in) navigate to the Apps section. When you hover over “Apps” a “More” option will pop up.
- Click on more and then click on settings as shown in the images below.
- Go through your apps and if you come across anything that should not be there, hover over it and click on the X that will appear next to the app.
If you have any other hack checks to share, please share them in the comments section below.