Facebook: The home of forgotten passwords

As you may know that Facebook is a social network website in which people can contact other people (Such as friends) and interact with them. On Facebook people can add apps which add many new things to the person’s Facebook profile such as interactive games, quizzes and many other random things which stops people from doing work or whatever they were doing beforehand.

When somebody adds an app it gives access to that app access to the details that you likely have inserted into Facebook. That app can record all your details into a database and the creator of that app can then do whatever the person wants to do with it (Didn’t say “legally”).

Everything below this is educational usage only.

Now, the thing I wanted to say is that Facebook is very useful when it comes to getting passwords. The passwords are useful for just about everything, domain control panels, forum passwords and even blog passwords. Now, I won’t go into an exact example as it is illegal but if you do a Whois on a domain, you will see their name, address and their e-mail address – all that information is useful for the next part.

Now, the person may have Facebook (If it is a blogger or a forum owner, normally). Now if you do a search on Facebook with that person’s name, you will see a whole list of people with that name and now if you match the list with the address you got in the Whois details, you may see the person you are after. Now, if you add the person and the other person doesn’t add you to limited contact then you have now got a lot of details about that person.

Now, if you see at their Facebook profile, it typically has their birthday and often any relationship such as children and a few other stuff. Now, in that Whois lookup you will see where the person got their domain and if you go there, and click forgotten password then it normally asks a question to reset their account’s password and normally it is something that the person listed on Facebook.

If all went well, you have access to that person’s domain. Now, you can protect yourself by either having a different question that the answer can’t be found by searching your name, checking on Facebook or whatever, or making sure anyone you don’t know, is put into limited contact.

Protect yourself AND still have fun lazying off on Facebook but be safe on there!

Need to reference?

Ellis, M. (2008). Facebook: The home of forgotten passwords. [online] Snat's Narratives & Tales. Available at: https://snat.co.uk/rants/facebook-the-home-of-forgotten-passwords-and-details.html [Accessed 01 Dec 2023].

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