In 2018, hackers breached 50 million Facebook user accounts. Facebook’s frequently mishandles users’ data, so if you use it, there’s a good chance someone you don’t know about has your data.
Securing your account is extremely important. Find out how to make your life on Facebook less vulnerable.
You can check if someone else is logged into your Facebook like this:
1. Go to your Facebook profile and press the triangle dropdown menu button in the top right.
2. Go to “Settings->Security and Login->Where You’re Logged In.”
3. Check if you recognize all the devices. If you see one you don’t know, click on the three-dot icon and press Not “You?”
4. Click “Secure Account” and follow the steps provided by Facebook.
You can also log out of the session by pressing “Logout” or log out of all sessions at once by pressing “Log Out Of All Sessions” in the same window.
If you see any activity you don’t recognize on your account, it is another sign that you have a hacked Facebook account. For example, if you get an email that somebody tried to change your password or login to your account and you are sure it was not you, it is a sign of a possible breach.
It happened. You found your Facebook hacked. Now, you’ll want to know how to fix it.
Learn how to reset Facebook password, because that should be your very first step. You can do this by:
1. Going to Facebook’s settings panel.
2. Clicking on “Settings->Security and Login” and then “Login->Change Password.”
If the hacker changed your password, you can do the following:
1. Click on “Forgot account?” in Facebook’s login window below your password field and follow the steps indicated.
2. Enter your email associated with your Facebook account.
3. If you don’t have access to any of the methods suggested, click on “No longer have access to these?” and proceed to identify yourself.
You can also recover external accounts by going to “Settings->Security and Login->Advanced->Recover external accounts.”
Now that you’re in control of your password, follow the steps described in the first part of the article.
Also, inform Facebook immediately about the hack attempt. You can do so by clicking here, choosing the most suitable option for you and following the steps.
You can take these steps to make yourself less susceptible to hacker attacks:
1. Create a strong password. We have tons of tips on how to create a strong password, and we also have a password manager! You can also change your Facebook-associated apps’ passwords by going to “Settings->Security and Login->App passwords.” This will prevent a hacker from immediately accessing all your other Facebook-related accounts.
2. Choose friends to contact if you get locked out. You can choose 3 to 5 people to help to retrieve your account. Go to “Settings->Security and Login->Choose friends to contact if you get locked out.”
3. “Use two-factor authentication.” Facebook will ask for an additional security code if it notices an unusual connection. Go to “Settings->Security and Login->Use two-factor authentication.” Here you can choose a preferred authentication method.
4. Adjust your privacy settings. Make yourself less visible to outsiders by changing the settings from “Public/Everyone” to “Friends or Friends you choose.” It will minimize the info displayed about you and the possibility of unwanted attention. Hackers and scammers are creative, and can use publicly available information in creative ways to breach their targets’ security. Also, make sure you review posts you publish on your wall or the ones you are tagged in before they appear on your timeline. This will prevent unwanted info from appearing on your wall.
5. Enable security alerts. Facebook will inform you if someone connects to your account from a device you don’t regularly use. Go to “Settings->Security and Login->Get alerts about unrecognized logins” and choose the most appropriate options for you.
6. Take extra precautions while browsing Facebook:
7. Read more tips about how to protect your Facebook account for more tips and keep an eye on the news for info about Facebook security issues.
If you no longer want to risk your info leaking, you might consider deactivating or even deleting Facebook and Messenger accounts.
8. Use a VPN. A virtual private network hides your IP address and encrypts your traffic, mitigating the risk of being spied on by data snoopers. If you often connect to public networks, having a VPN enabled on your device can significantly improve your security.
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