Facebook is one of the predominant platforms to exchange ideas, messages and to meet new people. But, as per the statistics, out of 10 people you meet on Facebook, 2 people are fake and there are possibilities that they may be cyber-hackers.
If not monitored properly, your account will be at stake!
Let’s take a quick look on the history of Facebook
Facebook is an American technology conglomerate based in Menlo Park, California. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg along with his fellow roommates and students at Harvard College who were Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.
After the launch, Facebook received a grand welcome from people all over the globe. This media was presented to people when Orkut (another social media) began to lag its consistency. Due to the same reason, people celebrated this podium with more new exclusive features than Orkut.
But less did they know that danger was lurking behind.
What are the main Facebook crimes & major consequences?
People all over the world agree to the fact that Facebook brought about a revolution in the way people interacted to each other. But there is a dark side to the world’s favourite social media. Bugs and glitches in Facebook gave opportunities for the hackers to easily get into others privacy.
The most common Facebook crimes include:
Scams have always been a threat to the cyber world. Hackers draw the attention of people by presenting a link that would interest almost anyone, such as an innocent-looking notification as if you have won a scratch card or gift voucher. Once this link is clicked the cyber hack attains the full control of your account.
- Cyber bullying
Cyber bullying is a tendency that is commonly found among teenagers. It can result in serious criminal charges if it goes far enough. There are happenings where cyber bullying lead to the death of several teens- either a suicide or were killed by a peer. Federal law abides severe punishment for this act. In the case of adults this is known as cyber harassment orcyber talking.
Stalking is actually is very common funny word used a lot around Facebook as a joke for regularly looking into someone’s profile. However stalking is considered as a serious act of cyber talking. Cyber talking includes harassing a person with threats and any kind of messages that questions the safety of the user.
It does not take much time for a thief to find where you live, work or even where you are. All these answers are readily available in your Facebook account. Facebook check-in and Google maps helps the stalkers locate you easily. This may lead to theft.
Defamation is nothing but putting a false light on somebody or accusing a third person about something he is unaware of. Facebook makes communicating defamatory statements frighteningly easy and the exposure Facebook provides make it more likely to affect an individual or business.
You won’t believe this!
In 2018, Bhopal Govt. filed a criminal case against acyber-hack who hacked a girl’s Facebook account. He used this account to text one of her friend saying, he has her nudes and has posted it in public. Also there was a link attached to the text. Shockingly she opened the link, after which she got to know that her account was also hacked.
As per the Bhopal Govt. records there are 735 cyber complaints registered in 2018, 223 cases related to Facebook hacking and 512 cases of financial and fake job fraud.
Here! Prevent yourself from these cyber attacks
Always use 2-step verification for logging in to your account. Be sure that you provide a strong and unidentifiable password. Don’t put passwords that are connected to your life and can be guessed easily. When a stranger sends you a friend request, do a thorough check-up, verify it is a genuine one and then accept them. It is highly recommended not to accept the request of total strangers.
Never provide your confidential information in Facebook.
Never click on random links that attracts your attention in Facebook, email or any other social platform.
Government of India is undertaking strict disciplinary measures to prevent cyber-attacks. According to section 66D of the act, “Whoever by means of any communication device or computer cheats by impersonating someone else, shall be punished with imprisonment up to three years and shall be liable to pay a fine of one Lakh Rupees.”
Nobody can cheat us without our consent. Sometimes it’s our sheer negligence that may lead to terriblehappenings. So be aware and prevent yourself from cyber-attacks.