A Comprehensive Guide to Recover your Hacked Facebook Account
Here we have made an attempt to aware you of causes, solutions, and precautions for defeating FB hacking.
Symptoms of a Hacked Facebook Account
- Change in FB email or
- The Facebook password is changed
- The FB account is hacked and then locked
- The name or birth date is change
- The privacy policies are changed
- Some unknown people have become your FB friend without your knowledge
- Friend requests have been sent from your account
- If some random posts are posted from your account
- Some unknown messages have been sent from your account then the Facebook messenger is also hacked
- Facebook account hacked and locked.
Why Do People Hack Facebook Accounts?
Well, this could be a personal grudge or just hackers are waiting for a loophole to steal your data. But in the majority, the hacking is something not personal but pre-planned shenanigans to steal or misuse your data.
Personification can be the other reason for the hacking. So, the hacker may use your name or identity to perform unethical activities.
In a nutshell, whatever the reason is, hacking is painful for the user as it is one kind of cyber crime.
How to Recover a Hacked Facebook Account?
As soon as you realize that your Facebook account has got hacked, you have to act immediately to avoid damage as much as possible. There are some steps that need to be taken to discover and recover a hacked Facebook account, let’s have a look:
Some of the time, it may look like a hack, but in actual it is not. So the very first step is to confirm the hacking incident and not just start acting out of anxiety. Maybe you simply forgot to log out, or maybe someone in your family scrolled through your news feed. So that would not be considered a hack, and you can simply change the FB password or add a screen lock to your phone.
You can even go to ‘Settings’ and under ‘Security and Log in’, check the last devices that you logged in from and the time of your logins. This will give you a clear idea if you are in the safe zone or not.
Change Your Password (if you can log in)
If the hacker has not yet changed your password, you are lucky because rescuing your account is much easier in this case. Just change your Facebook password, do some changes in security settings and you are all good to go. So, to change the password on a hacked FB account, follow the steps given here below:
- Sign in to your Facebook account
- From the Settings menu, access the “Security and login” option.
- Now under “login”, click Change password
- Type the current password and then enter a new strong password
- Click Save Changes
- Now to make sure you log out from all other devices you are logged in to and for this access “Where you’re logged in”
- Or click Log out of all sessions
Change Email’s Password
This is as important as changing Facebook’s password, the reason being, hackers will never want you to reset your FB profile’s password and for that they will even try to hack your email. So even if the hacker has got your FB password, don’t let them weaken you and immediately secure your email’s password by changing it or whatever other means are available. The process of changing the email password may vary for each email service.
Reset Your Password (if you cannot log in)
If your password is no more effective, you need to reset your Facebook password. Make sure you do it as soon as you get to know about hacking. For this:
- Firstly, click on the ‘Forgot your password’ or ‘Forgotten account’ option.
- Now, find your account, provide the phone number or email address associated with your account and click ‘Search’.
- After this, you need to choose one option below:
“Use my Google account”
“Send code via email”
Send code via SMS
- Choose the suitable option. Verify your identity either by logging in to your Google account or providing the verification code.
- Next, create a new password and retype to confirm it.
Report Facebook Hacking
If you aren’t able to log in to FB, it means the hacker has changed your password and this is something serious. You can talk to one of your FB friends about your recent activity on Facebook; if your profile picture or name has changed, if your friends got deleted or if your friends have been receiving private messages, or the hackers have contacted any of your friends.
If hacking is the reason due to which you are not able to access your FB account, report this to Facebook and get the recovery done:
- Open the Hacked Facebook account page and click on My Account is Compromised.
- Provide the phone number or email address associated with your account and click Search.
- Enter the current password (the password you were using before hacking) and click Continue
- Select one option for “Firstly, can you tell us what’s happening?” and click ‘Continue’.
- Now click on “Get Started” and Facebook will help you secure your account.
- Now, you will see the changes that have been recently made to your account, press ‘Continue’ to proceed.
- Now create a new password and type it again to confirm, press ‘Continue’.
Inform Your Friends
You need to inform your personal contacts regarding the hack, so that they can help you recover by reporting the account. In addition, the hackers are likely to post crazy stuff on your timeline so alert your friends not to click anything as it can be spam. Also, refrain from sending private messages to avoid the breach of your personal information.
Hackers may pose as you and ask your friends and family for personal information such as bank PIN, passwords, cash or other sensitive details. So make sure to warn all your close friends and family about this hacking incident and tell them to secure their account too.
Remove Unknown Apps
Facebook lets you download different apps using your Facebook account. But it is important to remove the app that you do not use or you don’t recognize. Many of the apps access your personal information, so you must ensure not to allow access to your personal information. So, to remove the unwanted application, follow the steps given here:
- Click on the down from the top right corner of your screen
- Access Settings options
- Now access the Apps and Websites option
- Select the box next to the app that you want to delete and click Remove
- Again tap Remove in the confirmation option. You can also delete the data posted by the app for you.
If you don’t want to delete the app, but limit its access to your data, you can use the “View and edit” option. Here you can track the personal information that the particular app uses.
The “Apps and Websites” option also includes the list of expired apps, past apps and removed apps. Once the app is removed or expired, it will no longer be able to access your latest information, but the previously stored information remains in the database of the app. However, a data-removal request can be sent to apps that have your information stored.
Check Privacy Settings
You haven’t checked them for so long so it is the right time to review them and make the necessary changes. Through the privacy settings, you can check who sees your posts, who can tag you, and similar other things. Moderating comment permissions and tagging permissions will surely do some good to you.
Measures to Secure Your Account from Hacking
It is a good thing if your account hasn’t been compromised (yet), which is why you shouldn’t wait and sit around for something to happen. Start taking notes to at least suffer less if something like this happens to you. We have compiled a basic list of all the can-dos that every user should follow.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication
The higher you maintain the security of your Facebook, the better you can combat the hacking attempts. Some basic security measures are; keeping your recovery information updates and using a strong password, but for advanced security it is important to do a little extra such as enabling two-factor authentication.
The two-factor authentication is tough to hack, unlike your password. It adds an extra shell of security to your FB account. No access can be made to your account until you authenticate the access by providing the code you receive on your mobile device. So, even if someone has your password, he/she cannot get into your account as the second means of authentication is only provided to the real owner of the account.
- First login to your FB account and then go to the Settings menu by using the down arrow from the top-right corner.
- Now, click on Security and login from the left menu
- Click Edit for Use-Two factor authentication.
- Now select from Text message or an Authentication app
- For “text message” you will receive a code on your phone whereas if you choose an authentication app, launch the app and follow on-screen instructions.
- On receiving the Two-Factor Authentication Is On, click Finish
Removal of All Connected Websites and Applications
Make sure that you have removed your account from all sorts of third-party applications and platforms. It may seem like a lot of work when you are not able to log in to such accounts automatically but it is for the best if you want to be more safe and secure with your Facebook account.
Ensure that a couple of people exercise the admin rights to your page, in case you have one. If your account gets compromised and you are the sole sailor, it will be next to impossible for you to recover your account. Also, tell the second admin to turn on the two-factor authentication.
Setting Up of Additional Login Security for Your Facebook Account
It is pretty normal to feel a bit confused with the choices that are in store on Facebook but if one has to choose, we’d recommend opting for the two-step verification with the use of an authentication application such as Google authenticator.
This process uses the mobile device as part of the login process. As soon as you have entered your username and password, you will be asked to enter a six-digit passcode that is generated from the application every time you try to access your account. This makes having your mobile device with you a necessity whenever you want to access your account. The sad part is that only a few people actually consider this.
Keep Tabs on the Email Contacts of Your Account
Having an alternative email address is a must in the cases where Facebook has to send you notifications or other information about your account getting hacked. Also, make sure to have different passwords for both email accounts.
This seems like a lot of work and the links offered may not be of use in the near future since Facebook likes to make changes in the settings.
If not for any of these measures, one can also make good use of third-party applications to make their account safer for both Android and iOS devices.
Check if Any Payment Methods Have been Configured with Facebook
Users think of safety but at the same time link their Apple pay or other payment accounts with Facebook. Business accounts usually entertain this idea and one can simply check whether they have done the same or not by clicking here. If any payment methods have been configured, visit here to get rid of all the payment methods. Keep in mind that stopping all ad campaigns is a must before you move forward with this idea.
Words of Wisdom
Do not randomly click on any message only on the basis of assumption. If the link that pops up states that your account has been compromised, do not open it and do not follow up by calling on any given numbers. You can check directly from the website or with the app if you want to be on the safer side of things.
Try to be more aware of everything that is going around. Keep tabs on posts that you didn’t make, messages that were never sent by you, or purchases that weren’t made by you for that matter. This can better help you to know whether someone has access to your password or if your account has been hacked. Chances are that some mischievous teen might be on the other end of all these things.
Using social media sites like FB is fun and beneficial for personal and professional growth, but it can be bothersome if the security measures are neglected. So, if your FB account is also hacked, learn a lesson for the future and keep the greatest security on. Moreover, you are also recommended to report your hacked FB account at the Facebook help center.