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Cyber security experts warn about hackers posing as Facebook friends

VESTAL (WBNG) — Cyber Security experts say social media is becoming one of the easiest ways hackers can get your information.

By messaging you through your own friends and family who you’re connected with on sites like Facebook, they’re able to gain your trust and potentially hack your account too.

“It has become a primary target for hackers to steal personal information,” said Binghamton University Computer Science Professor Guanhua Yan.

Yan said on social media, hackers use the profiles of people we’re connected with to try to steal our information because they know we trust those people and will be more likely to open a message, link or picture sent by someone we know.

For example, you may receive a message from a friend on Facebook that seems out of the ordinary. Chances are it’s because that persons account information was stolen and now the hacker is trying to steal yours too. And if you open the message, “Probably your machine will also be infected,” said Yan.

That’s why he recommends you don’t click on links, photos or messages if you suspect a friend’s account may have been hacked.

If you think your account has been compromised, you should change you password and make it stronger.

You can also protect yourself by not joining networks in places with public WiFi like airports or coffee shops,
and avoid clicking on fishy emails or messages.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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