It’s been a great day full of excitement. I finally relax and decide to peek at my Facebook site. “Ah”, I say to myself, “John Doe is wants to be my friend.”. But then in my tired haze I say, “But I thought he was already my friend?” I wonder if he has been hacked.?”
So, I go over to peek at his profile and notice that whereas, it has his picture, there are only a few posts up. “That’s not characteristic of John I say to myself, let me find his profile under my friends list.” Yep, I was right, there is the John Doe profile that is already my friend.There are a lot of posts. And on the last post is a note from him warning all his friends that he has been royally hacked.
He is apologizing to everyone and suggesting that we DO NOT ACCEPT HIM as a friend. I locate his phone number and call him the next day and he laments, “Why do people do this?” I don’t know I answer,feeling his frustration,” I just don’t know.”
What is a hack?
A hack is the use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. But is it always with the intent to harm? Are there well meaning hackers.
I read about some hackers who do it just to tell the network about flaws. Others for mean reasons. But I am sure that when it happens to you there is little concern with what is on their minds. Click this link to view a video on CNN about the mind of a hacker.
Click this link to read an interview with a former black hat hacker.
What should you do if your Facebook account is hacked?
What you don’t want to do is jump off Facebook vowing never to return because your site is hacked. Just like you would not move out of your home if it is robbed you should take the necessary measures to secure your account if you are hacked.
One of the best sources for finding out what to do is from Facebook itself. Click here to read what is Facebook says to do if you get hacked.