Recently you heard a news that left you stuck: a dangerous group of cybercriminals has “washed” the social accounts of hundreds of users. Since you use social networks almost daily – Facebook in the first place – you’re rightly worried about your security, and that’s why you asked yourself how to enter Facebook without a password. Well, you need to know that crackers (ie “bad” hackers who use their computer skills to harm users) use various techniques to forcibly access their “victims” accounts.
In the next paragraphs, in addition to briefly describing some of the main techniques used by cybercriminals to do this, I will also show you what practical measures you can take to make your Facebook account more secure and protect yourself against unauthorized access. For completeness of information, then, in the last part of the tutorial, I will also explain how to enter your Facebook account in case you do not remember the password.
So, are you still interested in knowing how it is possible to enter a Facebook account even if you do not know the password? Well, then let’s not lose ourselves in further talk and let’s go straight to the point. Make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to read the next paragraphs in detail and put into practice the “tips” that I will give you. Enjoy the reading!
Hacking techniques to enter Facebook without a password
Not having a thorough knowledge of the hacking world, you just can not understand how crackers get into a Facebook account without having a password. Knowing more about hacking techniques, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is for these individuals to be able to do this, especially if their victims, in some ways, “collaborate” with them.
One of the most used techniques by cybercriminals to access the Facebook accounts of their victims is the installation of keyloggers. If I had never heard of it, the keyloggers are software that intercept everything that the user types on the keyboard of their PC – including passwords – and send such information remotely, so that the bad guys can capture them in silence without the user is aware of it.
Reading my tutorial in which I explain the operation of Home KeyLogger, a “home” keylogging program that can also be used by those who are not familiar with the world of hacking, you can get an idea of how easy it can be to steal passwords using this kind of software.
If you access Facebook from your mobile device, you must pay attention to another possible danger: the app-spy. These applications, as well as keyloggers, intercept the text typed by the user on their smartphone (ie password, messages sent, etc.) and not only: without the user’s knowledge, they even access the camera and microphone of the device for “See” and “listen” to everything that the user does and says. Creepy, right?
To check if you have spy-applications installed on your device, read my guide on how to “flush out” and eliminate spy apps: you’ll find all the “signs” that could help you identify the spy apps and procedures for remove them. The operations to be performed are the following: check the list of applications installed on the smartphone, check the list of apps with administrator privileges, check battery consumption, test combinations to access the app-spy and use an antimalware. For all details see the guide that I have just linked.
Even the apps for parental control and those used as anti-theft could pose a threat to your privacy, since they could be used as’ app-spy by your girlfriend or your parents. I explained to you the operation of some of these applications (such as the famous Qustodio and Cerberus) in the tutorial where I talk about how to spy on an Android device.
If you access Facebook from an iPhone or an iPad, you will hardly find yourself face to face with a spy app, since iOS is more “closed” than Android and therefore tend to be less vulnerable to cybercrime attacks. The speech changes if, however, you have “unlocked” your device by jailbreak. In this case, you have a more “open” device, therefore easier to attack, and there is only one way to run for cover: remove the jaibreak!
Another pitfall from which I wish to warn you, concerns the so-called social engineering. How is this hacking technique developed which, alas, is increasingly reaping “victims”? Usually the attacker (or an accomplice) approaches the potential victim and, by making any excuse, convinces the latter to lend him his smartphone.
If the intended victim accepts the request of the attacker, this takes advantage to view confidential information, such as those present in the user’s Facebook account or, even worse, to install spy software on the device to control it remotely.
How do we defend ourselves from these hacking techniques? Simple: not lending your smartphone or your computer to people you do not trust very well or who do not know each other well.
To try to access a potential victim’s Facebook account, crackers use a well-proven hacking technique: phishing. In practice, they send an e-mail or text message containing a link to the user: by clicking on it, the user is sent back to a web page asking him to reset his Facebook password. Since the page in question appears to be “authentic”, the user could fall into the trap and reveal the login credentials to their social account.
To protect yourself against phishing, ignore any suspicious links you send to us by e-mail or text message. Also because Facebook does not “spontaneously” ask its users to reset their password by sending links via email or SMS. Understand?
How to protect your Facebook account
After examining some of the most effective hacking techniques, it’s time to make your Facebook account more secure by taking some precautionary measures that will help you. You will see that following the “tips” contained in the next lines, crackers will have more difficulty accessing your Facebook account without a password.
Choose a secure password
The first step to put your Facebook account in security is to use a secure password, which is therefore difficult to identify. The identikit of the “perfect” password is as follows.
- It must be at least 15-20 characters long.
- It must not contain references to one’s personal life (the name of one’s child, one’s date of birth, etc.).
- It must contain numbers, letters and symbols.
- It must not have already been used for other accounts.
- It must be changed often, at least once every two months.
Since you do not use only Facebook but also many other online services, you’re probably bound to remember lots of passwords. Why do not you make life a little easier using a password manager, so you can keep them in a safe “place”? In the tutorial where I explain how to manage passwords, you can find useful information about the operation of Password and LastPass, two very famous password managers. I am sure that this reading will be very useful to you.
Enable two-factor authentication
If you want to further raise the security level of your Facebook account, turn on two-factor authentication. In this way, even if someone were able to steal your password, you will not be able to access your Facebook account since, activating this function, you will also need to enter the second key (sent by Facebook via SMS) whenever you try to do access from a new device or a new browser.
If you have not yet activated this effective security system, do it now! Login to your Facebook account, click on the arrow located at the top right (in the blue bar of Facebook), click on the item Settings in the menu that appears and, in the page that opens, click on the word Protection and access located in the sidebar of left.
Next, click on the Edit button located next to the Configure two-factor authentication entry, click on the Configure link located next to the item Two-factor authentication is disabled and, in the box that appears in the middle of the screen, click on Active blue button. If all went well, you will see a message that will confirm the activation of two-factor authentication. Now your Facebook account is definitely safer!
Receive notifications for unauthorized access
An additional security system that you can activate to increase the security level of your account is the activation of notifications for unauthorized access. In practice, if someone were able to access your account (if you have set a secure password and activated two-factor authentication, it is a very remote possibility), you will be promptly notified and can remedy the situation before it is too late.
To activate notifications of unauthorized access, log into your Facebook account, click on the arrow symbol (top right) and select the item Settings from the drop-down menu that appears. Then, click on the Protection and Account item located in the left menu, click on the Edit button located next to the item Receive alerts on unrecognized access, put the checkbox on the Receive notifications and Send access alerts via SMS to the number [your mobile number] and save the changes you just made by clicking the blue Save Changes button.
From now on, if someone accesses your Facebook account without authorization, you will receive a notification and you can close all active sessions from the Where you logged in section (just click the Disconnect from all sessions button). Of course, if this situation should happen, contact Facebook to report what happened and set a new password to prevent other unauthorized access.
Do not connect to public Wi-Fi networks
Public Wi-Fi networks are notoriously more vulnerable to cyber attacks, since they could be used by cybercriminals to “sniff” data. When you’re away from home, then, log in to your Facebook account only if you have the data connection of your operator or if you can connect to a secure Wi-Fi network. OK?
How to recover your Facebook password
Have you asked how to enter Facebook without a password, as you have lost the access key to your account and you can not get in? Well, in this case you can resort to the “classic” password recovery procedure of the social network to solve the problem.
To reset your account password, connect to the Facebook homepage and click on the link. Do not remember how to access the account anymore? which is located a little further down the form you usually use to login. Next, type your e-mail (or your phone number) in the box that appears on the screen and click on the Search button. Within a few seconds, the Facebook team will send you a 6-digit code via e-mail or SMS (depending on what data you have just provided).
Then enter the 6-digit code in the text field Enter the code and click on the blue Continue button. Finally, complete the procedure by entering a new access key in the New password field, clicking on the Continue button, checking the box Disconnected from the other devices and pressing the Continue button. Have you seen how simple it was to recover the password of your Facebook account?