Hackers are thinking of new ways to get into your accounts and steal your information.They have done it many times before and they are not stopping anytime soon. In the past couple of months they hacked Yahoo and WhatsApp users and were able to stole tons of information. This time they are targeting the social media giant, Facebook. How are they doing it? Easy! Read along.
The concept is pretty much the same every time; using a fake URL to deceive users is the easiest and effective way to get access to someones account. Here is an example:
Looks legit, doesn’t it? Take a closer look at the URL. Do you see all that junk after “.com”?
Hxxp://m.facebook.com—————-validate—-step1.getabitest [dot] com / sign_in.html (I changed some of the characters for your safety)
That is where all the trick is. The interface looks almost identical to what we are used to in Facebook but if you put your information in this window, you just become one of the victims. Your information, rather than going to Facebook database it will be in the hands of the attackers.
Let them NOT hack you!
To avoid being a victim of this new Facebook phishing method:
- Always check the complete URL.
- If you think the URL is a little fishy type it yourself (you normally don’t need more than “www.facebook.com”)
- Better yet use the Facebook app.