Alvia Lewis Frey: Protect yourself from online hackers | Opinion | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

A few years ago, I received a Facebook friend request from a friend.

She is not only a friend in real time, but one who I knew was my cyber friend on Facebook.

After verifying that we were friends, I did not accept the new request.

My friend, of course, had been hacked, and, to make matters worse, it took weeks to navigate through and untangle the mess.

Since that incident, there have been numerous friend requests from friends who are already my Facebook friends.

My daughter was hacked this year. She spent a day trying to retrieve her original Facebook account, but to no avail.

Facebook was no help, as there is no customer service support to help retrieve hacked accounts.

All of this purloining of information from other people is a hornet’s nest of aggravation.

What kind of person purposely sets out to wreak such havoc?

Since my daughter was hacked, I once again honed up on tips to decrease the risk of being hacked.

Here they are:

Hide your phone number, email address, home address, where you went to school, where you work, where you attend church, previous employment, and any other personal information, like with whom you are in a relationship, from the public. Only you should be able to see this information.

While perusing your Facebook news feed, do not click on suspicious links or answer unsuspecting and seemingly innocent (and sometimes innocuous) questions like “Where did you attend grade school?” and “Where do you like to grocery shop?”

Do not save login information on your smart phone.

Use a combination of special characters and numbers to create your password. Make the password complicated, not simple, and change it often.

Do not share login information with a third party.

Do not accept friend requests from people you do not know, even if they are a friend of a friend.

Delete friends you may have accepted in the past but literally do not know.

Do not order items online from businesses that are not known to you.

In 2019, approximately 267 million Facebook accounts were found unprotected on the dark web.

As of April 2021, cyber security experts reported that personal information of about half a billion Facebook users, including names and phone numbers, had been posted to a web site used by hackers.

I do not want to be on a web site used by hackers or anywhere near the dark web.

Nor do you.

Be safe.


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