Gone are the days when hijac.king a Facebook account was a little tough, now, it is easier than ever — unfortunately! Now there is a completely new way of hijacking facebook accounts. Any one can very easily hijack any Facebook account using Android smartphone. This has been made possible by an app called FaceNiff, and thanks to it Android users have the power to hijack any Facebook account.
Facebook is presently the biggest social networking giant on the planet. It has around 600 million active members worldwide. For most people their Facebook is the world to them, it is their everything, so imagine having your account hijacked, and that too by someone who can do it with ease by their Android smartphone!
Now the big question, how is this actually possible? Well, the number one reason is the users’ own carelessness. Many people do not even know that Facebook allows you to set HTTPS as the default protocol while surfing the network and most of them have not enabled this feature. So FaceNiff takes advantage of the carelessness of the users themselves and can easily hijack any running session of Facebook on any public wireless network without the HTTPS protocol. It is as simple as that.
Whats the worst that could happen? Well, the answer to this question is simple. Imagine that you’re working in a coffee shop or any other similar public place and are connected to any public wireless network. Someone notices that you are not using HTTPS for surfing the network and sets off FaceNiff on their smartphone. Within the blink of an eye, that person would have totally hijacked your account! And you can imagine what things he would do with your account, yes, those things which you wouldn’t even dream of doing. He can simply wreak havoc with your life! So our sincere advice to you will be that you use the HTTPS protocol not only for Facebook, but for all the services that allow you to do it, to just be on the safe side against any such attacks of that sort.
To get a clearer idea of the concept of hijacking Facebook accounts using FaceNiff a demonstration has been given below: