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Hrithik Roshan’s Facebook Account Hacked! 5 Tips to secure your Facebook Account
September 7, 2016

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The Facebook account of the Mohenjo Daro actor Hrithik Roshan was briefly hacked on Monday evening. Seemed like the hacker wanted to start the week with a bang!

Reportedly, after compromising Roshan’s official Facebook account, the hacker put up his own picture as the profile photo. And he continued his hacking spree by hosting a Facebook live session. This stunt, however, was short-lived as the Facebook page was taken care of not very long after this incident occurred.

This was followed by a calm response by the actor which read “An enterprising individual managed to hack my page earlier in the day. However, the matter has been taken care of and the page is mine once more. – Hrithik”.

Although brief, this hack could have had an undesirable outcome as we have seen in the cases of other celebrities.

This is how the actor’s hacked page looked like for some time.

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Image: Firstpost

So, how can you ensure that your Facebook account stays safe?
Here are 5 easy tips to consider:

#Tip 1. Follow a Good Password Hygiene
• Ensure that the password of your account is not being used elsewhere like Gmail, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. If this is the case, then change your password.

• Choose a password that is unique and difficult to guess. It should have uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers. If you have trouble remembering such a password, you may use this technique – take the first word of your favorite poem or a movie, add numbers (may be your favorite TV channel) and special characters to it. Say I go with ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ and I can create a password which goes like this – Mhall@147#.

#Tip 2. Say No-No to Unexpected Emails
Most celebrities have their online account hacked because they fall prey to phishing emails. These emails sound so urgent or important that you usually don’t think twice before responding to them. And this is where you must be careful. Never respond to emails, calls or SMSs that ask for your personal information (name, date of birth, login IDs, passwords, bank account number, etc.) no matter how urgent they sound or even if they look like to be from someone you know. Mark such emails as spam and delete them.

#Tip 3. Use 2-Factor Authentication
When you have the 2-factor authentication enabled in your account, you significantly reduce the risk of your account being hacked. This is because, when this feature is ON, you will have to provide a passcode (sent to your mobile phone) besides your password to login into your account. So, this double layer of authentication ensures your account’s safety even if your password gets hacked somehow.

#Tip 4. Install Mobile Apps Only from Official Sources
Third party app stores may look inviting but they are a cesspool of fake and malicious apps. Apps on these stores can steal your login ID and passwords while you are using your banking, Facebook or any other mobile app. Trust official stores such as Google Play Store, App Store, and Windows Store.

#Tip 5. Run an Antivirus Software
Having an antivirus software on your computer prevents you from landing on fake websites that can steal your personal information. It also protects you from infected downloads and websites with hidden malware.

For more security tips to secure your Facebook account, check here.

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Sources
http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/hrithik-roshans-facebook-account-hacked-by-an-enterprising-individual-2992218.html
http://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/enterprising-individual-hacks-hrithik-roshan-s-facebook-account/story-bgzqYCQ3teaPHBLZ7dOIqM.html

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  1. Thank you

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  2. i tried to update QH but all affort are failed

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  3. DEBASISH ROUTRAY PATTANAYAKSeptember 11, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Thank u very much to aware me about this type of hacks and further guidance by giving tips

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  4. swayam prakash pandaSeptember 11, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    thank for u r kind help

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  5. This is a great tip for password generation, maitainence etc; but Pls note that it takes lesser effort at facebook password guessing, since Facebook passwords are NOT case-sensitive i.e. it doesn’t matter whether you use caps or lower-case, it will read all combinations with particular alphabets as same.

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  6. abufazal84@gmail.comSeptember 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    so nice

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  7. Soubhagya ranjan pattnaikSeptember 12, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Thnkys

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  8. Nice

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  9. Alok singhinaSeptember 12, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    good

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  10. Quivk Heal Thank y0u

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  11. amritlalpanchal4@gmail.comSeptember 12, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    pls donot send email notificatin

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  12. Thank you

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  13. Thank you

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  14. vinod kumar prjapatSeptember 15, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    hi this is nice

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  15. vinod kumar prjapatSeptember 15, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    this is nice for a people who doing openly work in always computer.

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  16. Very nice information sir. You always give us fruitful message that helps us from such fraudulent things. Thanks again

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  17. SO NICE

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  18. Sankar Kumar DuttaSeptember 17, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Thank you so much Mr. Rajib Singha for your taking troubles in posting so many important tips on Ransomware, Hacked accounts, etc.

    My best wishes are always with you and the entire Quickheal Team.

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  19. ASHOK KUMAR NAGARSeptember 17, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Dear Sir, THANKS FOR THE TIPS GIVEN BY YOU. For last few days I am not able to open my G Mail in my desktop PC. Following error message is displayed : “This site can’t be reached
    mail.google.com’s server DNS address could not be found.
    DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN”
    Please advise me urgently on my other mail acoount what should I do to solve this problem. It is getting opened in mobile & also on other PC at other locations.

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  20. Suriya MoorthySeptember 17, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Problem in India
    Facebook had introduced two step verification, known as login approvals feature in all countries except India. The exact reason behind it is not known.
    (I could not find Login Approvals under Facebook Settings.)

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  21. Stephen S. PotterSeptember 18, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Thank you for your information. Now, from time to time, I get interrupted by a recording of somebody claiming to represent Facebook and further claiming that I have issues with the following: >Facebook Login
    >Credit Card Details
    >Email Account Login
    >Photos stored on this computer
    “You must contact us immediately so that our engineers can walk you through the removal process over the phone. Please call us within the next 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled.”
    I immediately restarted my computer and it started acting weird right after this game all started. I’m now going to have to take it to the Best Buy Geek Squad to have it examined and serviced.
    Call: 1-855-641-0799
    I was asked for my birthday and my gender and they even had the audacity to say “THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

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  22. SHIBA PRASAD PRAMANICKSeptember 20, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Thanks Mr. Singha for the alert post. I hope everybody will be benefited from it.

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  23. Hi/I thank you for the wonderful program and ask for your help to get rid of the threat that exists on my laptop as the flag program Kwik Hill thank you very much

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