Almost everyone knows that security and hacking issues are rampant in social media. More and more people are taking steps to ensure the safety and security of their accounts. Nobody wants to fall victim to any Facebook password hacker. If you are one of those who do not have any idea what to do when your account gets hacked, here are some tips to follow.
Report to Facebook
If you are unable to log into your account, the best first step to take is to report it to Facebook. Visit https://www.facebook.com/hacked/. It will bring you to a page where you can report your hacked account even without accessing it. You only need to enter your registered email address or phone number in the appropriate box. Facebook will then guide you on how to regain access to your account. Facebook will also let you choose from several options on how you think your account got hacked.
- There are posts or messages that you did not write.
- Some or all your private content became public.
- You found a duplicate account with your exact name and photos.
Facebook will suggest security measures depending on your chosen option. There is nothing to worry about since Facebook will also walk you through them.
You need to change your password after reporting and recovering your hacked account. Facebook will prompt you to do so. Make sure to change all your other passwords as well. Your Facebook account may have shared passwords with other apps you used. Apps where you LOGGED IN VIA FACEBOOK are at greater risk. Using a password manager is helpful for most people in this case.
Tighten login access
Take advantage of the two-factor authentication offered by Facebook. You will receive a code via SMS whenever someone logs into your account. This code will verify whether it is you logging in. Facebook also has another option in case you cannot receive an SMS. You can set a pre-selected Facebook friend to receive the authentication code for you. It is simple and easy to enable two-factor authentication. Click the SETTING button and choose SECURITY AND LOGIN.
Running a security check-up is also a great idea if you suspect a hacker has logged into your account. It will log you off from all devices and computers. It will also notify you if anyone logs in from a device or computer your account does not recognize.