Facebook_resizedPeople are curious, angry, kind, jealous, loving, possessive, suspicious and caring, and a lot more besides. This range of human emotions are played out across Facebook and as such acts as a magnet for hackers -which is why we need Facebook protection.

 

We all know that Facebook is insanely popular; 1.3 billion users at the last count. It’s a great way of staying up to speed with family and friends and it appeals to the information junkie in all of us. It also feeds a naturally voyeuristic nature that we all have, not in the sexual sense, but simply because we’re curious in what other people are doing and saying. Facebook is also a great forum to talk about ourselves and meet our need for self expression. From a bird’s eye perspective we’re all hardwired for connection with others; it ensures emotional and psychological health and in an age characterised by speed of light communications Facebook is the perfect forum.

Jealousy, always in Top 3 reasons

But like in any area of human endeavour there’s also a dark side. There’s a significant underground industry out there that offers the means to hack into Facebook accounts. But why would you want to hack someone’s account?  The reasons are many ranging from anger, jealously, worry, obsession and suspiciousness to plain monkey mischievousness or simple deviousness.

People might want to hack a partner’s account because they want to find evidence of wrong-doing. But peel back the layers and someone probably just wants peace of mind and may have had enough of fights, stress and sleepless nights.

Perhaps someone is worried about another’s well being and thinks by getting into their Facebook account they’ll find some evidence of their concerns and then be able to act in  a positive and caring manner. Others may be deeply angry too and want to hack an account to wreak a bit of damage.

When an innocent crush turns into a full time obsession

Obsession is also another driver and probably one of the most worrying of Facebook problems. We all know the feeling; there’s someone camping out in your head all day and they’re still there in the morning when you wake up. It’s not uncommon to have a strong attraction to someone that is based on some kind of fantasy projection and certainly not based in reality.

As a general rule an obsession is simply a way of deflecting from what is really going on inside, perhaps some deep-rooted inner turmoil or a situation we’re having difficulty dealing with.  Most of us will at some point recognise that it’s not healthy and pull out of it. But some will also fuel the obsession and targeting the Facebook account of the obsessed will seem like a natural step.

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For hackers, these understandable human foibles present a golden opportunity to dig into and steal identity information. If you do an internet search on Facebook hacks you’ll come up with something like 188,000,000 hits. That’s a lot. Many of them offer password cracking because it’s a good hook. But the reality is that hacking a Facebook account isn’t as simple as that.

How is the Facebook hacking done?

What these websites do is try and pull people in to download their hacking tools or start an automatic password probe. Some of them deliver pop-up pages prior to the download, offering tempting offers like a free “£500 ASAD” voucher or £1,000 voucher for Nandos.  If you click on them you’ll end up with nothing except a piece of malware on your computer that is more than likely designed to extract your personal information such as bank account and credit/debit card details.

The sites often emulate the Facebook page style. However, even a cursory examination reveals that they aren’t what they’re meant to be. For example, the “£500 ASAD” voucher should actually be ASDA. And a £1,000 voucher for Nandos, a restaurant chain simply doesn’t make sense. Think about it, £1,000 for free meals? That’s 40 free meals at £25 for each meal. Who wants that?  And which chain will offer that?

Hacking a FB account equals Personal data theft?

Some sites are a bit more sophisticated but it’s worth keeping in mind hacking a Facebook account requires a technical background and a decent understanding about exploits. It certainly requires more effort than downloading a bogus password cracker. The wider point about this is that ‘Facebook hacks’ are just one route among many that hackers use to steal personal data.

Some hacking methods are subtle, others aren’t. Some are cunning, some are obvious.  But the one constant is that we all need Facebook protection against this malware tidal wave.  BullGuard Premium Protection provides these safeguards. It basically keeps an eye out on the internet for your data and should some stealthy malware lift your details from your computer, it lets you know if it’s offered for sale. And if someone hacks your Facebook account it protects you.

 

Posted by Steve Bell

 

avatarWritten by Steve Bell (82 Posts)

Steve has a background in IT and business journalism and in the past has written extensively for both the UK national and trade press including The Guardian, Independent-on-Sunday, The Times, The Register, MicroScope and Computer Weekly. He's also worked for most of the world's largest IT companies in a copy and content producing capacity. He has a particular focus on IT security and has been involved in writing about the industry at various levels ranging from magazine launches to producing newsletters. He also runs a small copy writing business called Art of Words. When not bashing away at a keyboard he can sometimes be found in a boxing gym making futile efforts to keep fit or marveling at the works of Sufi poets such as Jalaluddin Rumi and Hafiz of Shiraz.


3 thoughts on “Why do people hack Facebook Accounts

  1. avatarMarlene

    This can be a with relative ease way means crack a Facebook account.
    With all of the various providers and the plethora of services and products accessible, it.
    In short if Facebook users do not know what something is or it looks suspicious, they are being warned not to open it and report it immediately as spam.

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  2. avatarDanny

    Simultaneously, it is both easy and difficult, hack a Facebook password (pirater mot de passe Facebook).
    - Review each hotspot’s login or “terms of service” page to learn who you’re
    connecting to. It was poorly designed, had spelling and grammatical errors everywhere,
    and the fact that the visitor counter he’d installed was
    still in double digits was proof that it wasn’t doing too well.

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  3. avatarpirater un compte facebook

    Excellent post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this
    topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Thank you!

    Reply

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