Searches Involving Facebook Hacks Have Doubled in the Past Year

Getting your Facebook account hacked can be a real nightmare because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up compromising a lot of really personal and private information about your life. What’s more is that Facebook has not exactly been the most secure of companies and people are becoming increasingly concerned about the possibility that a hack could occur especially nowadays when hacks have become commonplace and no one seems to have a solution for this.

One way in which someone can analyze the concerns that people have in this regard is to look at Google searches, and the people over at Atlas VPN (based on Ahrefs data) decided to do just that in order to get to the bottom of what people’s concerns truly were. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the amount of times that people have entered the search query “Facebook account hacked” has almost doubled in the past year.

The truly concerning thing here is that the year isn’t even over yet. In the entirety of 2020 this search query was entered a little over 82,000 times. That number has gone up to 159,000 in 2021 which indicates an increase of approximately 93% so far. If you were to take a wider look at things, you would notice that in 2016 this search query was only entered about 55,000 times which means that people are three times more likely to enter a search query like this in the present day.

The thing to note here is that we are only looking at US statistics right now. Things become even more concerning when you look at things from a more international perspective. For example, the US averages about 17,000 search queries per month, but in India this number goes up to an incredible 165,000 queries related to Facebook hacks in a single month. This means that this is a particularly pervasive problem in India and people are frequently turning to the internet in order to get answers to questions that might be on their mind.

It’s not a given that people are entering these search queries specifically due to the reason that their account has been hacked. Sometimes people would want to enter a query like this simply to obtain general knowledge about a very useful subject. However, the increase in these searches means that it is becoming a bigger concern each year with all things having been considered and taken into account, and that does not bode well for Facebook from a security point of view.

Users are going to want to feel completely and utterly secure on any kind of social media platform, especially Facebook where they might end up posting extremely personal things that they would want to show to a select group of people. The social media platform should do a lot more to set people’s minds at ease otherwise it’s not too much of a stress to think that people might start looking elsewhere for their social networking needs. This is a new addition to a long list of worries that the once beloved social media company is starting to face.
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