Private profiles on Facebook may arouse the curiosity of those who do not have access to account, since all content posted is restricted to the user's friends. To circumvent the privacy lock, curious and stalkers they resort to tactics such as creating fake profiles, adding mutual friends, stealing passwords and even installing spy apps on the victim's device. In the following list, understand how your account can be spied on and learn how to protect yourself from potential breaches.
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The most common method for viewing private profiles from fake accounts. Anyone who is very interested in turning your life around can create a fake profile solely and exclusively to access your personal information. To persuade you to accept the friend request, the fake friend may impersonate a person of similar age, include interests and fanpages in common or even say it comes from the same city, school or company.
The trick is often more effective with people who have many Facebook contacts. Who has fewer friends on the social network, in turn, can better identify possible false requests. To prevent onlookers from gaining access to your profile, open Facebook settings and in the Privacy section restrict who can send you friend requests. It is also worth hiding the list of friends from strangers.
2. Spyware Applications
Spywares are able to monitor online activity on Facebook Photo: Pond5
After Facebook made it difficult to access private profiles, some stalkers decided to resort to more extreme tactics, such as installing spyware on the user's mobile phone or computer. These special programs, which can monitor online activities and pass them on to third parties, are especially dangerous as they can extract confidential information and use it for a variety of purposes.
Unlike adware, spyware acts silently on the device and is therefore harder to detect. The malicious agent is usually contracted after the victim clicks malicious links, but may also come hidden by downloading free online programs or files. To protect yourself from the threat, it is important to keep your antivirus updated and to pay more attention to incoming links.
Password theft is among the tactics used to access private profiles Photo: Pond5
Another method to access a private Facebook profile is password theft. Practice often requires knowledge in programs such as password stealers (password stealers, in Portuguese), but can also be performed from a very simple technique: guessing. Users with short passwords, no numbers and special characters, are easier targets.
Those who use the same code on multiple sites are also at risk. This is because if any of the services suffer a data breach, most user accounts will be vulnerable. On the Have I Been Pwned website you can check if your email address or password has already been exposed on the internet. To reinforce the security of your Facebook profile, try to create stronger codes and use password managers.
4. Add friends of friends
Curious add friends of their friends to view their account Photo: Play / Creative Commons
Not all people restrict the privacy of posts to friends only. Some users opt for the setting that allows friends of friends to view the profile content. Knowing this, onlookers who don't want to have much trouble poking around with your account send friend requests to contacts you have in common. Although not guaranteed, the method is likely to work. If you want to avoid unwanted profile access, just keep your posts restricted to your friends list.
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