How To Protect Your Facebook Account From Identity Theft
By Paul Liu
Saturday, March 16th, 2013
By now, everyone knows the story about Manti Te’o and his fake girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. The fact that Manti or Diane O’Meara (the girl who’s identity was stolen for Lennay Kekua) didn’t know about the existence of Lennay in the real world shows how easy it is to create a fake profile on a social site and fool the world. This incident also highlights the dangers linked with posting personal information and pictures on social sites; the fact that the original owner of the photograph was not aware about her photo being used to create a fake profile highlights serious privacy issues that are associated with the social sites. When you post your personal details and pictures on Facebook, you should always keep in mind that there are people online who could steal that information and use it in malicious ways without your knowledge or permission.
Facebook is now the de facto way to communicate, socialize and date online. Millions of people from all over the world use it on a daily basis to communicate with their friends and loved ones as well as to share viral news, stories and videos. Unfortunately due to the high number of users and the sheer volume of personal details available on Facebook, it is also a prime target for hackers and cyber criminals.
There are several ways through which your Facebook account details could get hacked or stolen. If you access your Facebook account primarily through a Wi-Fi network set up at your home or at your friend’s place or through public Wi-Fi networks available at libraries, universities, cafes, malls and restaurants then there is a big chance that your account details could be stolen and misused. That’s because the Wi-Fi networks are not considered very secure and whenever you log into your Facebook account through an unsecured network, your account details can be accessed by hackers and tech savvy people. These cyber criminals can not only use your personal details to create fake profiles on social sites but could also use them for illegal activities that could land you in trouble.
Needless to say, you need to be extra careful about protecting your personal details on social sites like Facebook and Twitter. If you want the best anonymity and privacy solution to safeguard your privacy on the internet then you should consider subscribing to a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN creates an impregnable layer of security around your online activities that could never be compromised even at vulnerable public Wi-Fi spots. When you use a VPN, your personal details and online activities are completely shielded from hackers, snoopers and even from your ISP and Government. Using a VPN also allows you to unblock Facebook and other social sites from universities, libraries, organizations and even countries like China where they are often blocked.
There are many excellent VPN providers like HideMyAss, StrongVPN, ProXPN, IPVanish, PureVPN etc. that protect your online privacy and deliver complete safety and security on the internet. The custom VPN solutions offered by these providers can be used from iPads, iPhones, most Android based smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and computers. Considering the amount of personal information that is at stake, it is best to use a VPN to protect your Facebook and other social accounts from cyber criminals and identity thieves.