Gone are the days when potential hackers would have to rummage through other people’s notebooks, diaries, and phone applications to catch a glimpse of their passwords and put these to use to hack their online accounts. With Facebook being a storehouse of personal information, ranging from a person’s date of birth to one’s personal photographs to shared bank details in chat boxes, hacking Facebook accounts has become a profession and that too, a skilled one. With numerous teenagers aiming to learn the tricks from the experienced players in the market, “How to hack a Facebook account?” is a million dollar question in today’s world.
The answers to this question are many, but here are some ways to hack Facebook accounts like a true professional, with or without coding skills –
Hacking on a Mobile Phone
The ‘noob’ or the beginner can make use of this technique to get his first-hand experience in Facebook account hacking, as a pro. Making other people access their Facebook accounts through your cell phone, you can hack into their account by snooping on their log-in details, all with the help of mobile software. You can also persuade them to download such software on their phones and extract the required information thereafter. Some of these applications are Spy Phone Gold, Mobile Spy etc.
Stealing Cookies from the user’s computer
Whenever your target logs in to Facebook through a computer, be it his personal laptop or in a cyber café, cookies shall enable you to retrieve the target’s account credentials. In Layman’s terms, cookies are website data which are stored locally and hackers just have to gain access to the data stored in the browser used by the target. This can be done through browser extensions, an example of which is Firesheep for Mozilla Firefox.
Personal laptops and public computers can be installed with Key-logger – software which records every keystroke typed by a user. Hackers can use this to hack Facebook accounts by retrieving the keys pressed while putting in the password. Installing a key-logger on a computer requires no additional skill and can be used on a mass scale in computers which are accessible to the public, like the ones in cafes, libraries, hotels etc.
A term which sounds like “fishing” has more in common with the word as it involves bait and a prey. Most commonly in the form of links which lead to anonymous websites which again are look-alikes of the log-in pages of the social media websites we use regularly. This method requires a little technical knowledge, especially about how to create a web page. The links to these websites need to be converted to a shortened URL and then be shared on Facebook. Gullible users shall click on these links if they show some kind of prizes or goodies being offered for free. Once they click on the link, they’ll again be asked to enter their credentials. They shall believe it is to log-in to another account, but in reality, it shall be the hacker who will collect the information from here. Steps to phishing include –
- Select a website, whose log-in page you would like to make a phisher of. Open the website.
- Right click on the page. You’ll find the source. Open notepad and copy all the contents of the source into the notepad file.
- Next, you need to edit two things, the first method and then action.
- Method Post is used for security purposes which encrypt the plain text, so we need to change it to GET.
- Action field contains the link to next page, where it should go when you click on login or press enter. You need to change it to “your choice of name”.php.
- Now save the above page and open Notepad again.
- Enter the batch script for the Phisher here.
- Enter the Location which contains the next page URL, where you aim at sending the user. Meanwhile, password.html will contain the passwords.
- Now save this file as “your choice of name1”.php as told in step number 4.
- Now create an empty file and name it as password.html, where the passwords get stored.
The hacker can now upload all the three files on any server and check for results himself. The passwords can then be retrieved from the password.html file along with other details.
Same Network Hacks
If you and your target are accessing the internet over the same network, things can be a tad easier for you. Making use of DNS Spoofing, the hacker can replace the original Facebook page with a duplicate page and make the targeted victim log into the spoofed page, thereby gaining access to his account. Another way to exploit the use of same networks is when both of you are on the same Local Area Network. Using a switch-based network, the hacker can place himself between the target and the server. This way, the hacker shall act as the default gateway and capture all traffic that goes between the target and the server.
Social Engineering is another method where the hacker makes use of his contacts, engages other people in phony calls asking about their Tax details and finally leads them to the “Personal information for rewards” trap. Hit and trial method and the Brute-Force method – a process in which computer software rotates digits and letters in various places, trying all possible combinations of the 26 letters and 10 digits to come up with the correct password – are considered “ancient” options, today. These methods take a lot of time and often give erroneous results. Simple measures such as complex and long alpha-numeric passwords are enough to deal with these techniques.
So, those are five of the best answers to a beginner asking – How to hack a Facebook account like a pro?