Your account has been hacked! No, that ain’t cool.
Getting your Facebook account hacked is one of the most damning things that can happen. This is especially when you experience it in this current stage of online social connectivity. Hackers can go as far as tagging your friends in nudes, deleting your posts and making your profile look like a total stranger to even you yourself. Sometimes, they even change the passwords.
But what if they haven’t gone that far?
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Hackers may (especially at the beginning stages of the hack) not touch any information of yours. So detecting a hack at its early stages may be a bit difficult unless you follow this process:
- Go into your Facebook account and click the arrowhead(if you’re on PC) or the three horizontal bars (if you’re using the mobile app) in the top right to expand a menu.
- Select “settings” from the menu that appears and select “security and login”
- At the very top, you’ll see a list of devices from which you’ve most recently logged into your Facebook account and when they were active.
You can click on “see more” to expand and view more history. As you go through, if you see any suspicious activity that suggests you have your Facebook account hacked, relax, all is not lost.
What to do when you have your Facebook account hacked
If there has been any activity of an uninvited party in the handling of your Facebook account, just take these steps to rectify that. Most of them are similar to the steps to take to actually prevent hackers from getting to you in the first place.
1. Change your password
This is one of the first things to do (the Golden rule). Chnging the password ensures that the one who broke the one who stole his way into your account cannot do that with the old key (password) anymore.
To change your password, all you have to do is go to Account Settings > General > Password. You can take a more secure approach by setting a two-factor authentication.
2. Be more careful this time
Clicking on “just any link”? No, don’t do that!
There are some computer users who have ruined their machines because they clicked on some links. Avoid spam links, which may even appear in your Message Request folder. It may look a bit awkward but if you love your account, just do what has been written!
There are also some Facebook prototypes out there. Avoid them. They steal your user data and use it against you.
3. Damage control
Now that you’ve restored your account, you need to repair any damage done to your online brand. If you are someone who has been able to gather some level of credibility among your friends and followers on Facebook, this will be an important stage for you.
You cannot afford having all your friends think you were the one who tagged them in some nasty videos and sent unsolicited messages.
All you have to do is putting together and publishing a post informing your Facebook friends that your account has been hacked. At least, that ensures that your brand stays intact.
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