Never Type "Facebook.com"

Thank you Donna Estes Antebi for these three tips on how to avoid being hacked on Facebook.

1. An easy hard password.  Donna suggests creating a sentence that's memorable and use the first letter for each word to create a strong password. For example: "I wear size 6 Gap jeans (I wish)."  That would translate to a password of Iws6Gj.

2. Never type Facebook.com. If a user mistypes a URL, or if some kind of malware has been embedded in the browser, any URL can be maliciously redirected to a fraudulent website, including one that looks just like Facebook. Instead, use one of Facebook's IP address.  Listed below are four which have been specifically assigned to Facebook.

66.220.149.11
66.220.158.11
69.171.224.37
69.171.242.11

Place one of the IP addresses in the box on your browser (where the URL is supposed to go) and hit "Enter" or "Return." The browser will take you to the real Facebook page, because it's going to the IP directly. You'll notice that when you get to the Facebook home page, your URL will display "www.facebook.com".   There would be far less successful phishing expeditions if everyone typed an IP address, instead of the URL.

3. Get in the habit of typing:

https://www.domainname.com
instead of
http://www.domainname.com

That extra "s" forces your web browser to use SSL or Secure Socket Layer. This encrypts the data from your browser to the server you wish to access, reducing the chances of someone monitoring the data stream from your computer to the web.

To read the full article, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-estes-antebi/hacked-facebook-account-_b_1848998.html

Suzanne Prezio

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