Saturday, July 23, 2011
Your Facebook account can be hacked!
Just ask George Bronk, 24, from Citrus Heights, California. Before he was caught, Bronk hacked into the Facebook accounts of women in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and England.
In each case he searched their Facebook pages for clues that allowed him to take over their email accounts. After searching their folders for nude or semi-nude photographs or videos they had sent to their husbands or boyfriends, he then distributed the images to their contact lists.
Many of the victims insisted they had strong passwords but Bronk didn’t worry about the passwords. Instead, he changed them. How?
“It didn't matter how robust the password was if the recovery question is easy," he said. "Lost your password? What's your favorite color or what high school did you go to? Or what's your dog's name?” And that information he was able to glean from social media.
1. Choose fake names for your dog, or high school, or whatever, and never use those names anywhere else.
2. Do not send nude pictures of yourself to anyone. Do not post them anywhere, ever.