A member of the PistolStar team shares his personal story on the dangers of Facebook, and the benefits of enhanced security two-factor login:
If you haven’t been under a rock for the past few years, you are well aware of the ever popular Facebook web site where friends and foes of many races and generations get together to share information. Yes, I said friends and foes. All good things must have their evil side and Facebook is no exception. You may have a close friend and have trusted them with your Facebook credentials. Friends don’t always stay friends and sometimes they even turn nasty toward one another.
Take for example this true story of my daughter (Jill) and one of her classmates (Sara). At one point, they were close and of course, without our consent, my daughter shared her Facebook password with the young lady. There were a number of “drama” occurrences for one reason or another between the two High School Freshman, which eventually drove them apart. However, they still had mutual friends in common and my daughter’s ex-friend still wanted to be friends. Jill was smart enough at this point to change her Facebook password.
Now we introduce a young couple, Sandy and Tim, that are having relationship problems and of course Jill and Sara are involved. Jill is interested in Tim and Tim is interested back. Jill and Tim have private conversations with one another over Facebook.
Sara has been trying to get Jill to speak with her so they can make up, but Jill has smartened up and doesn’t want to have anything to do with Sara. Out of desperation Sara is able to guess Jill’s Facebook password, probably because the password wasn’t much different than the one she knew to begin with. Sara finds the private conversations and reveals them to Sandy.
Fortunately for Jill, Sandy does not have anything against her and she had called it off with Tim anyway. What could have been a very tough incident, peacefully calmed itself down, but the damage had been done. Jill’s Facebook account was hacked by a Freshman student.
Since that time, we have enabled Two Factor Authentication through Facebook. 2FA is a two-step authentication process where the user must know their username and password AND also have their own cell phone that a One Time Password is sent to. This is something you know and something you have. Should Sara guess the new password again, she will not be able to get in unless she has my daughter’s phone and the passcode for the phone.
This link explains nicely how to enable 2FA on Facebook: link
You might be wondering what happened to Sara. She more or less broke the law by accessing Jill’s personal communications. You will be happy to hear that Jill reported Sara to Facebook and Facebook sent back confirmation to Jill that Sara’s own Facebook account had been terminated.
(The facts are true, but all names in the story were changed to protect the innocent.)