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Tighten your secret answer or get locked down: Is your Facebook hack proof?

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Social Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter has turned out into ones real identity. It is a reflection of our own identity in the society. Society tend to assess ones personality according to their social networking activities such as updates, photos and interests. Like in real life, It is important to protect our online identity. As far as I am aware, most of the users are not concerned about their online security and privacy.

A secret Answer : Strong passwords doesn’t really matter.

When it comes to security, Strong password is a joke. It doesn’t matter how many combinations you have used or how many special characters or numbers you have added. However, It is a good practice to use all possible combinations of Captial Letters, Numbers and Special Characters. The reason why I am saying this is, we always ignore a simple question all websites ask for – “A Secret Answer”. When your “Secret Answer” is weak, your strong password is a joke for hackers.

Tighten your Secret Answers : Why Secret Answer is Important?

While signing up for the first time; all prominent websites ask for  Secret Question and a Secret Answer. However, my findings points that “Secret Question” isn’t the right phrase because it is visible to Public. Most of the users enter simple and quick answers when they are just one step away from finish. Usually, Websites use this information to recover your password, Incase if you loose your password. But, hackers use this to hack into your profiles. I strongly recommend you to tighten your Facebook Secret answers. But sadly, I couldn’t find option in Facebook to change my secret question or answer unless you claim a hacking attempt. I recommend to keep your secret answer as secured as you can with all possible combination of numbers, captial letters and special characters.

Verify your Facebook security here.

Locking down your colleagues or friends account can’t be much more easier.

If you know little more personal information about your colleague or friend. You can give a try on it.

Step 1 : Click on forgotten Password.

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Step 2 : Identity your account : Enter your victims Id or Email Address

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Step 3: Click on No Longer access to these.

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Step 5: Enter your email Address.

Cover your face : If you dont want to let the victim know who you are.

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Step 6 : Guess the Secret Answer.

This is the trickiest part. You have to guess the answer. If the secret answer is not a strongly typed word and you know a little more information about the victim. It wouldnt be hard to guess. It would be a piece of cake. For eg:

  • What is your grandfathers occupation?
  • Which is your mothers home town/city?
  • What is the Last name of your first grade’s teacher?
  • What is your first pet’s name?

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Note : Author will not be responsible for any sort of outcomes. Facebook will Lock down the profile for next 24 hours.

I strongly recommend to update your Facebook security here.

Facebook address this issue as follows:

https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=174775012577892

Facebook Lock down.

Once you managed to enter the right secret answer. Facebook locks you down for next 24 hours, letting user to confirm the legitimacy of request. This shows a weak “Secret answer” let anyone lock your fb page for 24 hours. If the user haven’t checked their mail for 24 hours, account is all yours.

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Update: March 23, 2012
 
Facebook will not let you update your new password straight away when you reset your password clicking “forgotten password” link. You might need to wait for another 24 hours. Your account will get locked down for 24 hours. Warning messages will be send to all your mails registered with Facebook. It warns that your account is locked for 24 hours and ask to click another link, if user identifies this as a hacking attempt or spam.”

 

How to change Facebook Security Question and Answer?

If you want to change your security question or answer. Just follow the above steps and once you get the email from Facebook. Click on the second link “Didn’t request this change” . Make Facebook believe that someone else has answered your secret answer correctly. Facebook will identify the issue as a hacking attempt and will let you run through series of security checks. They may ask you to login from another computer you recently logged in. Clear your security checks. Once you’ve proved your identity. Facebook will redirect to a page where you can change you security question and answers.

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How to sign up Spotify account outside America and Europe?

Spotify: The next generation of Music.

If you are a true music lover, you can’t ignore the fact that we love carrying our giant music collection around. It is always hard to manage and transfer music when we flip from one device to another device. How about playing your favorite playlists on all devices without syncing your tracks on all devices? I am sure you are aware about the disk space needed to store all our favorite tracks in all your devices. Spotify has came up with a solution for you. Spotify is a music streaming service. Spotify has almost every track on planet earth. It streams music into your device for free. Spotify launched almost an year ago and has been sensational in Europe and America. However, Spotify is not available is some areas including middle east and Asia.

Getting Access: How about getting access to almost every track in the world for free if you are not in America or Europe?

Wouldn’t be this really cool if you get access to Spotify. Personally, I love music as anyone does. I’ve been using Spotify for 6 months now. I loved every part of it. Spofity client’s user interface is “licking-good“. Besides, Spotify lets you search your favorite Tracks, Artist or even Playlist. Spotify gets the right music. I dug up my favorite tracks of 80’s which I believed I lost on a hard disk failure. Thanks to Spotify. I don’t have to worry about my hard disk failures anymore.

Sharing is good: Why keep your favorite tracks with yourself. Share it with your pals on Facebook, Twitter and Spotify.

Spotify’s underlying core of marketing is Facebook and Twitter. Facebook lets Spotify to share your favorite music tracks with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Once you signed up with your facebook/twitter account, It displays your Facebook/Twitter friends who are using Spotify. It also shows their playlists and the music they are currently Listening. You can post your favorite tracks on your Facebook timeline as well. Why just music. Sharing your playlist with your friends is fun and is just one click away. It pops up on your friends computer in a fraction of second. Share common interests. Share Music. Sharing is good

How can I get spotify in my country.

If you are in  Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. You can go ahead to Spotify website and download the application right away. If you dont belong to any of these countries you need to tunnel to any of these countries to get a Spotify Account.

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Tunnelling: How can I get Spotify?

Step 1 : Logout from your Facebook

Since ,we use Facebook for signing up with Spotify. Make sure you logged out from Facebook before continuing to next step.

Step 2: Tunnel to United States or United Kingdom.

Tunnel Bear is an application which helps to tunnel to Either US or UK.

See my article here, for Information regarding how to use Tunnel Bear on a mac.

Once you are successfully tunneled to US or UK.  Go to Step 3

  • Windows Users

Download SuperhideIP , or anyother applications which lets you to tunnel to US/UK.

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Change/Fake your IP address to US or UK by clicking on Hide IP.

Select the location – Click Choose IP Country.

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Once you’ve selected the country Click on Hide IP. Which would give you similar screen as below.

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IP address has been changed to United States.

Step 3: Login back to your Facebook.

Now Facebook may let you run through security check, since your Location has changed to US all of a sudden. Go ahead until you reach your facebook Home page successfully.

Step 4 : go to http://www.spotify.com

Now you would be able to reach Spotify US/UK. If you are not on US/UK page. You haven’t tunneled Yet.

 To find your current location of your ip address click here.

Make sure you are tunneled to US/UK.

Now, Click on SignUp button.

Step 5: Select your country

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Select your country to United States if you are tunneled to US. Otherwise select United Kingdom.

Step 4 : Sign Up with your Facebook account.

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Since you are already signed on to Facebook. It will pull your facebook details and ask you to register with Spotify.

Allow Facebook to access your details using Spotify.

Step 5 : Choose your product.

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Select “Open” for the free account. It is fine except it plays 30  second advertisements frequently like once between 2-3 songs. Go for Unlimited for no advertisements. Select Premium if you want offline playback in all devices. If you have a Spotify Premium code enter the code and you are ready to go.

Step 6: Validate and Finish

It validates your Facebook Credentials. Click finish when you are done.

Step 7 : Download Spotify client.

Step 8: Login to Spotify with your Facebook.

Login to spotify with your Facebook ID and Password

There you go,

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Welcome to the world of unlimited Music.

AN IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Since spotify offers only 2 weeks of use overseas. I recommend to tunnel whenever you use spotify. So that your profile will remain active.

May be, all you need is – tunnel while you log into Spotify. Release once you are logged in Successfully. May be that would be the only time spotify requests your location. I strongly suggest to tunnel whenever you use Spotify to be on the safe side.

Shout from Author.

If you have any difficulties in accessing Spotify following this method, please drop a comment specifying your location and difficulties. I will go through the process carefully and let you know. Thank You

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