1. Account Phishing
2. Social Engineering
Social engineering involves taking advantage of relationships or creating relationships with people to gain their trust. By gaining these values, it is possible to lure people into giving you sensitive data which can indirectly lead you to the victim’s password. Sensitive data includes security questions, birthdate, as these can be used to recover accounts.
To avoid this to happen, never share your sensitive information with anyone online whom you don’t know. Social engineers are really talented, so always be cautious while chatting with any stranger on Facebook or during answering any questions.
3. Account Recovery
This is often what follows social engineering – after necessary information has been extracted from conversations. Recovery is technically a way recovering lost accounts and forgotten passwords. But this is often used as a security hole since it can be easily lured for a different purpose such as hacking. The only way to remedy this is to secure a safe security question.
If you protect your sensitive information and don’t let others to access it, the risk of account recovery is almost eliminated. So take great care of your sensitive information to ensure that your account isn’t recovered by anyone else.