Millions of people use Facebook on a daily basis, and they consider it to be essential in their lives for communicating with family and friends and expressing themselves. If your Facebook account is hacked, it can be just as devastating as if your personal email is hacked. If you find yourself to be a victim, here’s what you should do as soon as you find out your Facebook account was hacked.
Attempt to Reclaim Your Account
If your Facebook account is hacked and you can no longer access it, attempt to reclaim it by visiting Facebook’s Help Center and following instructions there. If you can still access your account, you also have the ability to report to Facebook that you believe your account was hacked or compromised in some way. You should do this no matter what.
Change Your Passwords
If you can access your Facebook account, immediately change your password. You should also change the password to the email account that is associated with your Facebook account, and perhaps all email accounts, just to be safe. If you use the same or similar password for anything else, especially banking, change those passwords immediately as well. It’s easier than you’d think for hackers to find and access all types of accounts after they know just one password and email address. Don’t take any chances, and never use that password for anything again.
Remove Suspicious Applications
The most common way for your Facebook account to get hacked is through applications that you allow. Visit the App Center on Facebook, and check out My Apps. Remove any apps that seem suspicious, and remove any apps you no longer use. You might be surprised at just how many apps are listed. Severing the tie between your account and suspicious apps can help protect your account from getting hacked again in the future. After you remove any apps, change your Facebook password again, just in case your new one has already been phished.
Check Your Computer
Malware and viruses on your computer can also compromise your security and allow your Facebook account to get hacked. Make sure you have up-to-date anti-virus software, and run a full system scan of your computer. This should identify and remove any viruses that may have been used to access your computer and personal information. If you accessed your Facebook account from any other computers, it’s a good idea, if possible, to also alert the owner of the computer so they can check it, too, just in case you “caught” your virus from there.
Tell Your Friends and Family
When someone has unauthorized access to your Facebook account, they can do anything and represent themselves as you. Let your family and friends know that your account was hacked. This will also protect them from becoming victims of the same hacker. A hacker, for example, could use your account to try and get personal data from your friends or install malware on their computers. Warn your friends and family not to trust any odd requests coming from your account.
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