Most people know that Facebook is a nightmare when it comes to privacy, but what many don’t realize is that it can also be a huge online security threat. That’s why we’re going to break down what to do if your Facebook account is hacked.
Facebook is a complex service when you look under the hood, so sometimes, what may seem like a hack might just be a quirky security function, setting, or app you weren’t aware of. What are the signs of a real Facebook hack?
Time is of the essence. Facebook has a special page that will know what to do if your Facebook is hacked. First, however, it will ask you how you know you’ve been compromised. As I mentioned before, some potential symptoms of a hack may simply be caused by lax security settings.
Choose whichever option is relevant for your case. Even if it’s not an actual hack, this tool will guide you through resolving your issue and tightening your security settings. If it is a hack, the tool will immediately move to change your password and lock out unauthorized access to your account.
Click here to access the Facebook account hack emergency tool. Phew! Your account should be secure – for the time being. Now, it’s time to undo any damage that the breach might have done. If you know that fraudulent messages were sent to your friends from your account, be sure to notify ALL of your friends that your account was hacked and that any requests you may have sent them were probably false. If you believe that the threat may have come from a suspicious Facebook app or game – delete it!
Fortunately, Facebook has a number of settings that make it easier to keep your account secure. If you used the emergency tool mentioned above, you may have already covered some of these, but they’re worth going over separately. Let’s start with the easiest part – your Facebook security settings. Start by clicking on the tiny arrow on the upper right corner of your Facebook page and selecting “Settings & privacy” from the drop-down menu.
Find the Security and Login tab – it’s the second from the top on the left.
You’re in! This page has a TON of useful features, so let’s take it from the top:
This panel shows you where in the world there are devices that are logged in to your Facebook account. Ideally, this list should be limited to the devices you know you use Facebook on – your desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, and/or tablet. If you see a device on the list that you don’t recognize, don’t panic – it might be a temporary session somewhere that you forgot about. If there is a device on the last that you know couldn’t have been you, immediately run the Facebook hack emergency tool and then clear all of the sessions on this panel if they still remain. Clearing this list regularly is a good idea. If you log in at a friend’s house or somewhere else, this will make sure that nobody can accidentally wander into your account.
There are three features on this panel and they’re all great at keeping your account secure:
It’s important to keep track of which devices have access to your Facebook and to avoid malware, but there’s an even easier way to help keep your account secure – create a strong password! We’ve got some great tips on avoiding weak passwords and creating strong ones.
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