Your Facebook Account Was Hacked? 4 Things to Do Immediately
How can you tell if your Facebook account has been hacked? If you see unexpected activity in your account, you’ve been hacked. This could include posts you never authored, messages you never sent, and other such things. In some instances, you may be unable to access your account.
Hacked Facebook Account
Facebook is a popular service. You use social networking sites to communicate with your friends and family. What happens if your Facebook account is compromised? The outcomes can be disastrous. The person who hacked your account has the ability to update your profile to whatever he or she desires. He or she has the ability to upload photographs and post stuff that could harm your reputation. As a result, protecting your Facebook account is always a good idea.
This article explains what to do if your Facebook account has been hacked and your email and password have been changed, as well as what to do after reclaiming the compromised account.
Hacked Facebook Account Recovery
When you notice your account has been hacked, the first thing you should do is report it. A dialog window will appear asking you if you want to report a hacked account.
Facebook Account Has Been Hacked
This step allows you to reclaim control of your account. When you click on My Account Is Compromised, you are led to a screen where you must enter your Facebook username (for example, http://facebook.com/username) or the email ID you use to log into your Facebook account. Alternatively, you can input your name and the name of one of your Facebook friends.
After you submit your information, Facebook will search for your account and display you with accounts that match yours. Choose your account and enter your current or previous password. Remember that even if the hacker changes your password, you can still access your account by entering the previous password.
You will be prompted to create a new password once Facebook recognizes your account. Make a new password with at least eight characters that include numbers and special characters. Do not use one that you previously used on Facebook. You should not use past Facebook passwords because one of your authorized Facebook apps may still remember your previous Facebook passwords. If that program is the offender (the one who hacked your Facebook account), you may lose control of Facebook once more.
Following the creation of your new password, Facebook will encourage you to change your email password as well. If the password associated with your email ID (the one you use to log into Facebook) is the same as Facebook’s, you should update it as well. Otherwise, simply click Continue.
When you click Continue, you’ll see a congrats screen. On the following screen, you can enable extra security features such as receiving email and SMS notifications if someone signs into your Facebook account from an unrecognized device. For security reasons, I recommend that you enable notifications. After that, you can access your Facebook account.
Configure Login Approval
When you enable login approval, Facebook sends a code to your phone the first time someone attempts to access it from an unknown device. For example, if you get a new network and enter into a Facebook account (with a different IP address), you will receive a notification stating that a code has been delivered to your Facebook-registered phone. Before you can access your Facebook account, you must enter the code provided in the text message on your phone. This two-step authentication approach will make your Facebook account even more secure. Login Approvals can be enabled from the Account Settings Security tab.
Delete Your Facebook Account
Soon after logging into your Facebook account, you must undo any changes made by the hacker to your account. Go to your profile timeline and see whether anything has been placed on your timeline or on the timelines of your friends from your profile.
Check the messages folder as well to determine if the hacker sent any messages on your behalf. If the hacker did send messages to people, you should notify them about the account being compromised and apologize for any inconvenience the messages may have caused them.
Remove Authorized Apps
One of the most common ways a Facebook account is hacked is through the apps we permit to use our Facebook account. Navigate to Account Settings and select Apps. This will open a window where you can see all of the apps you’ve given permission to use data from your Facebook account.
If you come across an app that you don’t recognize, remove it from Facebook by clicking the X icon to the right. You should also clear up the app’s view by uninstalling any apps you no longer use.