"Why did you add me to a group?" Calm down, their Facebook accounts was hacked!

Facebook hacking and adding tyo groups
Do you get frustrated when your Facebook friends add you to a group without your consent? What is more frustrating than asking why they added you to the group, only for them to say they didn't add you. And you start to wonder and even get pissed. The truth of the matter is that these people who add you don't know about it, and in fact, they won't be able to trace if such things happened on their Facebook account. Their accounts was hacked.

In the past few weeks, I have been making a research in the social media marketing underworld, and I am happy that I got something. Other bloggers could hate me for this, but I am happy to share the secret with my unsuspecting Facebook friends. I initially thought the way those unethical bloggers or hackers do this was through spamming but I discovered it was more than that.

How do the hackers do it?
This process is called phishing. The end result of phishing is to get your Facebook account login details. How do you release your logins without you even knowing?

There are many strategies, but the most common ones are those apps invitation you receive or those friends asking you to help them like pics in a competition. When you accept this invites and click on the links, it redirects you to their landing site pages which was designed just like a (similar to) Facebook login page. You would be prompted to input your email and password to login, so you could like the pics, play the games or whatever. The amazing thing is that you would think you're still on Facebook, but what you did was release your email and password to hackers.

They gather thousands of login details with this strategy and login on each one by one. Once they get access into your Facebook account, all they do is automatically add all your friends to their groups with a script (java code). If you Google "script to add all Facebook friends to a group," you'd see hundreds of sites with download links of these scripts. They use it on Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers, by pasting the code in the root of the browser. In other words, you have been hacked.

This unethical process of gathering Facebook account's login details is widely used by bloggers who suffer from get-rich-quick-syndrome. They are eager to drive a lot of traffic to their websites so their adverts profit can increase. Imagine 1,000 Facebook accounts login details, and each account have more than 3,000 friends. After the process, a Facebook group could boast of 3,000,000 members. This could translate to more than 3,000 blog visits daily maximizing their profit. A blogger can make as much as $300 daily from thousands of views and clicks on their adverts programs. Can we blame them? 

Every blogger want to become Linda Ikeji the rich blogger, but are unwilling to wait the many years she endured before she became big. Some bloggers start a blog today, and monetize the blog the next day.
So, that is why many people will argue that they didn't add you to any group. Truly, they know nothing of it and it is untraceable.
how to avoid your facebook getting hacked

What to do to avoid your Facebook account getting hacked?
• When you are added to a group without your consent and you don't like it, instead of abusing the person Facebook notified you, kindly leave the group and click the option that stops the group users from re-adding you. Remember, their account was also hacked.

• If you do not want to be hacked, do not accept fishy or untrusted apps invites (like horoscopes, your character in Game of Thrones e.t.c) and also never accept to like pics in a competition that will redirect you to another page, except if you have confirmed from that friend.

• Always logout when you use other people's devices to log into your social media or email accounts. And be wary of those browsers that prompts you to save your login details (email and password).
Stay safe. In case of any shady activity on your social media accounts, quickly change your password and enable the use of security questions.


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