Even the most tech-savvy of users are finding their Facebook accounts being hacked over the past couple of months, and this is a situation that strikes panic in the majority of us. So what if your Facebook account gets hacked? How can you tackle the situation calmly? We’re giving you just the lowdown you need to get yourself out of the mess.
Usually, accounts are “hacked” because someone somehow gets a hold of your password. But once you get to know that your account has been hacked, immediately try logging in before your password ends up changing. If you can’t log in, request a password reset.
If that doesn’t work, it’s possible that someone has changed the email address on the account. But don’t worry, and don’t panic- there’s a way of dealing with that, too. Report this to Facebook immediately.
If you’re able to log in, go to your security settings, and see if you recognize everywhere you are logged in. If you don’t recognize a location or a device, press the three-dot menu, and select “not you?”. This will log you out and will help you further secure your account. In your general settings, check the e-mail addresses Facebook has listed for you. If there’s anything there that isn’t yours, remove it.
Change your password one more time, now that you know hackers (in theory) don’t have access to your account anymore. It should be a secure password (with letters, numbers, and special characters). Don’t re-use your password from somewhere else, and turn on the two-factor authentication.
Once this is done, be extra safe and change your email password.