The Biggest Facebook Mistakes That People Make (and How to Avoid Them)
Most people are on Facebook these days. If you are on the popular social media site, then you have probably been (or know someone that has been) fraped. As funny as that might be on some occasions (and easy to tell if you have friends anything like mine!) at times this can have devastating results. In this article we take a peek at the most common Facebook mistakes that people make, so buckle your seat belts and let’s go for a ride.
Leaving Facebook Logged in
The dreaded frape is one of the most common mistakes that people make. If you leave your Facebook open and leave your laptop on the kitchen table in your shared house, you could come back to quite an obscene post. In addition, a frapist can access your photos and personal information, and update your status, location, and friendship list.
A vindictive colleague at work could walk up to your console and write something highly inappropriate about your boss, which could get you fired. Although ‘I didn’t do it’ may well be the truth, it might seem like a very poor excuse to your boss if he or she find out that you have been bad-mouthing them on the social media site.
It is also possible for a disgruntled ex-lover who you are still friends with, or someone who is interested in your partner, to wreak havoc by changing your relationship status. This could lead to all kinds of relationship complications!
Fraping on Mobile Devices
Perhaps the biggest danger of being fraped is on mobile devices. Leaving your phone on its own for a few seconds while you nip to the toilet may seem unimportant. However, if your phone isn’t locked or doesn’t have a password set up, then a vindictive friend could do some damage by accessing your account.
Even if you do have a password, if you use the Android pattern system, the pattern may be decipherable if you hold the phone up to the light and look at the finger markings. As crazy as this may seem, it has been known to happen.
The answer is simple: don’t leave Facebook logged in. Instead get into the habit of logging out, especially if you log in on someone else’s machine. Furthermore, make sure you have your mobile device set to lock quickly and use the most secure password method available.
A lost phone once meant that intimate pictures of my friend’s girlfriend ended up on his Facebook. Luckily, his girlfriend didn’t dump him!
On another occasion, a friend of mine lost his phone when he was out drinking. Incredibly, later on, he found his phone on the tracks at his local train station. Someone had been through it, factory reset it, and logged into his own Facebook. The phone was in poor condition but still usable, so my friend absolutely destroyed the thief’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. This is a perfect example of what can be done thanks to a lack of password, using someone else’s device and not logging out. Holy moly!
Logging into Facebook on Unsecured Public WiFi
This Facebook mistake is a common one and is very easy to make. When you are on a public WiFi hotspot, anybody else on that network can ‘sniff’ your traffic. This includes your Facebook password. In addition, even if you are already logged in, a hacker sat in the same coffee shop can simply ‘piggyback’ onto your session.
For all intents and purposes, this means that they are you. They can look through your Facebook account, comment on pictures, and unfriend or add anyone they want. They could even change your password and the email account registered to your Facebook account (if they sniffed your password).
The Impressive VPN Solution
The best option for this problem is to subscribe to a VPN. VPNs are the number one security tool for the internet. EVERYONE should have one. A VPN service encrypts all your data as it leaves and arrives at your device. This means that you can use public WiFi hotspots without any fear of hackers.
That leaves you free to shop with a credit card, type in your email or Facebook passwords and do online banking, safe in the knowledge that you are secure. Furthermore, VPNs let you ‘spoof’ your location to overseas to unblock geo-restricted content. This means an end to ‘this isn’t available where you live’ notices. For an average of $75 a year (for a reliable and secure VPN), we think you would be crazy not to get one.
Leaving Comments While Drunk
While this may seem like a trivial matter. I guess it really depends on how drunk you get! One or two drinks may well turn you into the next Bill Hicks or Will Ferrell, and have all your friends telling you how great you are for weeks. A few too many, however, and you could end up leaving all sorts of rude comments on people’s photos. For this reason, we recommend staying off Facebook when drunk.
As a side note, often people decide to get all safety-conscious when they are drunk. However, changing all your passwords so that you can’t remember them (including the email that Facebook is registered to), will result in you having a nasty hangover and a nasty headache from being locked out of your accounts.
Clicking on Adverts Inside Facebook Games
If you are a Facebook games addict, you should take extreme care when playing. Although you may see adverts for ultra-enticing games, those ads can often lead to adware and malware infection. For this reason, be sure to use Google Play Store, iTunes, or another legitimate source for downloading games. This will stop you from running into problems.
Falling for the ‘London scam‘
This scam involves being fooled into handing over cash to one of your friends because they are “stuck in London with no money.” You may be sat there thinking surely this would never happen. However, on one occasion a woman from Missouri ended up being robbed of $4,000. The rip-off takes place when evil tricksters commandeer one of your friend’s Facebook accounts. They then message as many of that person’s friends as possible asking for some money, hoping that one will bite.
On the occasion that the Missouri señorita got fooled, the fraudster claimed that her friend (and friend’s husband) were being detained in a jail in London and needed money for bail.
Clicking on Malware-infected Links
This Facebook mistake happens either on the news feed or in automatically sent messages received from a Facebook contact who has already been duped. Often, it will be an outlandish (yet tempting) sounding link. Think ‘Watch Cameron Diaz’s dress fall off at the Oscars’ or ‘Tom Hardy naked on set.’ Sex and money sell, and the hackers know it. Beware of links that seem too good to be true before getting all hot under the mouse finger.
Having the Same Password for Facebook as Other Accounts
In 2016, a number of high profile celebrities (including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg) had their social media accounts hacked. Sadly, this is highly common nowadays. When hackers penetrate millions of Yahoo accounts (as they did in 2013), they often sell the login details on to even more cybercriminals on the dark web.
Thus if you have the same password for other accounts, hackers could get into those as well. With that in mind, ensure that your passwords are difficult and different for each different account.
No Weak Passwords, Please!
Passwords should not be personal to you. They should consist of long, random strings of characters, symbols and numbers. One excellent tip is to put an Asian language symbol in the password. Hacking tools cycling through passwords to hack your account automatically may not include these.
Friending People Who Are ‘Hot’
We all like hot people. Hackers know this and love to set up fake Facebook accounts that appear to belong to hot women and men. These accounts can be used to hack both your account and your computer.
There are videos on YouTube that educate hackers on how to discover your IP address (your home’s internet address) using just one Facebook message reply. If a hot person that you don’t know adds you and messages to say ‘hey,’ they are probably after something rather different to a date.
Not Updating Facebook’s Default Privacy Settings
Last on our list of common Facebook mistakes that people make is the act of doing nothing. Facebook has many excellent ways to ‘shore up’ your account. You can make your Facebook account practically invisible and allow it to only share with very close friends (if you wish). Unless you want to tell the world everything about your life, it’s time to tighten up your privacy settings.
Doing so could stop friends of friends (who are secretly burglars) from robbing your home while you are away thanks to your ‘Going to Greece on vacation for two weeks tomorrow’ post. You have been warned.