4 Ways to Crack a Facebook Password and How to Protect Yourself From Them


Despite the security issues that have plagued Facebook for years, most people are still standing and new members continue to join. This has resulted in Facebook breaking record numbers with more than 1.94 billion active users, since March 2017 - and 1.28 billion daily active users.

We shared our lives on Facebook. We share our birthdays and anniversaries. We share our plans with our vacation destinations. We share the birth of our sons and the death of our fathers. We share our favorite moments with our most painful thoughts. We disclose every aspect of our lives. Clinical psychologists have written comprehensive literature describing the tremendous impact that Facebook has on our emotions and relationships.

But sometimes we forget who is watching.

We use Facebook as a connection tool, but there are those people who use that communication for malicious purposes. We point out what others can use against us. They know when we are away and how long we have been away. They know the answers to our security questions. People can steal our identity - and that is the actual information we deliberately provide about our public profile on Facebook.

The most frightening part is that as we get more and more technologically advanced, we are actually at risk of hacking. As if we haven’t done enough to help hackers in their search for our data by sharing it publicly, those who know can log into our email and Facebook accounts to steal all other aspects of our lives that we intended to keep for eye testing.

In fact, you don't even have to be a paid criminal to log into someone's Facebook account.

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It can be as simple as using Firesheep on your computer for a few minutes. In fact, Facebook actually allows people to log into someone else's Facebook account without knowing their password. All you have to do is choose three friends to send the code to. You type in three codes, and then voilà - log in to the account. It's that simple.

In this article I will show you these, and a few other ways that hackers (even ordinary people) can access someone's Facebook account. But don't worry, I'll show you how to prevent that from happening to you.

Method 1: Reset the password

An easy way to "hack" someone's Facebook is to reset a password. This can easily be done by people who are friends of the person they are trying to hack.

  • The first step would be to get your Facebook friend's email login. If you don't already know, try looking at their Facebook page in the Social section. Still stuck? Hackers use scripting tools like TheHarvester to dig up email addresses, so check out our guide here to find an email from an unfamiliar user.
  • Next, click on Forgot your password? then type in the victim's email. Their account should appear. Click This is my account.
  • It will ask if you would like to reset the password for the victim's emails. This doesn't help, so press Can't access this or No longer have access to this?
  • Now it will ask How Can We Reach You? Type an email you also have that is not linked to another Facebook account.
  • Now it will ask you a question. If you are a close friend of a victim, that is fine. If you don’t know much about them, make a guess for what you learned. Once you find it, you can change the password. Now you have to wait 24 hours to sign in to their account.
  • If you do not receive a query, you can click on Restore/Recover your account with the help of friends. This allows you to choose between three and five friends.

  • It will send them passwords, which you can ask for, and then type on the next page. You can create three or five fake Facebook accounts and add them to your friend (especially if they add anyone), or you can choose from three to five close friends who would like to give you a password.

How to protect yourself

  • Use an email address specifically for your Facebook and do not include that email address on your profile.
  • When choosing a security question and answer, make it difficult. Make it impossible for anyone to find you simply by logging in to your Facebook page. There are no animal names, no reminders - not even the names of a third-grade teacher. It's as simple as looking at the yearbook.
  • Learn about getting your account from friends. You can select three friends for whom you want the password to be sent. That way you can protect yourself from a friend and other friends who share with you who log in to your account.

Method 2: Use Keylogger

Software keylogger is a program that can record every keyboard operation performed by a user, usually without their knowledge. Software must be downloaded manually from the victim's computer. It will automatically start installing touch keys as soon as the computer is turned on and remains unavailable in the background. Software may be configured to send you a summary of all the buttons via email.

Hardware Keylogger

This works in the same way as a software keylogger, except that the USB drive with the software requires a connection to the victim's computer. The USB drive will keep the keyboard shortcut, so it's as easy as connecting it to your computer and extracting data.

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There are many options for hardware keyloggers. Wired keyloggers like Keyllama can be connected to the victim's computer to save buttons and run on any app - as long as you have physical access to retrieve the device later. If you want to swipe passwords remotely, you can invest in a Wi-Fi enabled keylogger that can send keystrokes via email or be available remotely via Wi-Fi.

How to protect yourself

  • Use a firewall. Keyloggers tend to send information over the Internet, so the firewall will monitor your computer's performance online and remove anything suspicious.
  • Enter the password manager. Keyloggers cannot steal what you don't type. Password manger completes important forms without having to type anything.
  • Update your software. When a company is aware of any abuse of its software, it works with renewal. Sit back and don't get caught easily.
  • Change passwords. If you don't feel safe, you can change your password twice a week. It may seem horrible, but it gives any information the giant stole something useless.

Method 3: Theft of sensitive information (Phishing)

This option is more complex than the others, but it is also a common way to hack a person's account. The most popular form of identity theft involves creating a fake login page. This page can be emailed to your victim and will look exactly like the Facebook login page. When the victim logs in, the details will be sent to you instead of to Facebook. This process is difficult because you will need to create a web hosting account and a fraudulent login page.

An easy way to do this would be to follow our guide on how to integrate a website to make a direct copy of the Facebook login page. After that you will need to prepare a submission form to copy / save / email the victim's login details. Users are now more aware of signing in to Facebook through other links, however, and email filters for phishing scams are getting better every day, which can only add to the already complicated process. However, it is possible, especially if you integrate the entire Facebook website.

How to protect yourself

  • Do not click on the links via email. If an email tells you to sign in to Facebook with a link, be careful. First check the URL (Here is a good guide to what to look for). If in doubt, go directly to the main website and sign in the way you normally do.
  • Phishing scams are not limited to email. It can be any link to any website / chat room / text message / etc. Even emerging ads can be harmful. Do not click on any of the links that link to your profile.
  • Use anti-virus and web security software, such as Norton or McAfee.

Method 4: Man in the Middle Attack

If you get too close to the target, you can trick them into connecting with the wrong Wi-Fi network to steal credentials about the Man In The Middle (MITM) attack. Tools like Wi-Fi Pumpkin make creating a Wi-Fi network as easy as attaching a $ 16 Wireless Network Adapter to the $ 35 Raspberry Pi and getting closer to your intended destination. When the victim connects to your fake network, you can check traffic or redirect them to fake login pages. You can also set it to insert only certain pages and leave some pages alone.

How to protect yourself

  • Do not connect to any open (unwritten) Wi-Fi networks.
  • In particular, do not connect to any external Wi-Fi networks. Why not see "Google Starbucks" when there are no Starbucks for miles? Because hackers know your phone or computer will automatically connect to you if you have used a network with the same name before.
  • If you have trouble connecting to your Wi-Fi, check your list of nearby networks to see if there are any copies of your network name nearby.
  • If your router asks you to enter a password to update the firmware to enable the Internet or to show you a page with serious spelling or grammar errors, you may be connected to a fake hotspot and someone nearby is trying to steal your information.

How to protect yourself

  • On Facebook, go to your account settings and check under security. Make sure Safe Browsing is enabled. Firesheep can't smell cookies via encrypted connections like HTTPS, so try to stay away from HTTP.
  • Full-time SSL. Use Firefox add-ons such as HTTPS-Everywhere or Force-TLS.
  • Log in to the website when you're done. Firesheep cannot stay signed in to your account when you sign in.
  • Only use trusted Wi-Fi networks. The channel can sit across from you at Starbucks and check with your email unknowingly.
  • Use a VPN. This protects you from any third-party theft from the same WiFi network, regardless of which website you are in as your entire network traffic will be encrypted to your VPN provider.

Self-Defense: Less is More

  • Social networking sites are a great way to connect with old friends and meet new people. Creating an event, sending a birthday greeting and telling your parents that you love them are all just a few clicks away.
  • Facebook is not something you need to distance yourself from, but you need to know your location and make wise decisions about what you put on your profile. The less information you provide on Facebook for everyone to see, the more you make it harder for hackers.
  • If your Facebook account is hacked regularly, see our guide to recovering your stolen Facebook account with more information to get details about restoring your account.

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