Chances are your partner is hacking your Facebook account, say researchers

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We are all concerned about our online security, but a new study has revealed that it is those closest to us who perhaps are the greatest threat.

The study conducted by the University of British Columbia found one in four of our Facebook accounts had been hacked by our partners who were checking out our private messages. The reasons given ranged from curiosity to not surprisingly jealousy.

1,308 American adults were quizzed as part of the survey and 24% admitted to looking at a loved ones Facebook without their permission. Usually the spying sessions took place on the victims own device – just adding injury to insult.

“It’s clearly a widespread practice,” said Wali Ahmed Usmani, a computer science masters study at the University of British Columbia and lead author on the study.

“Facebook private messages, pictures or videos are easy targets when the account owners are already logged on and has left their computer or mobile open for viewing.”

The study didn’t investigate how much of a threat stalking is, but it did reveal that some sections of your Facebook account are likely to be targeted more than others.

“Romantically involved individuals targeted private messages only, while family and friends snooped on the profile, photos and public and private social interactions,” the study found.

The study went on to reveal that hacks connected to jealously often developed into ones connected to animosity.

“This ranged from deleting the victim’s data, diminishing the victim’s social standing by impersonating them, and performing other disreputable actions with the victim’s account that were visible to others,” the researchers explained.

“In these cases, the perpetrators had a spectrum of relationships with their victims, ranging from the very close (ex-romantic partners), to far apart (co-workers).

The best way to avoid these types of attack is to not leave your device lying around and change your password regularly.

Via: CBC News

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