Have you ever logged on to Facebook only to find foreign contents on your wall? How embarrassing this can be if the contents turn out to be pornographic or needlessly graphic. Then you have friends notifying you that it seems your account has been compromised or hacked.
There are several different ways hackers use a breached Facebook account. Automatic log-ins through Facebook allow hackers access to many different site accounts once they’ve taken over your Facebook.
Spammers also hack Facebook accounts to gain access to your following. From your profile, a hacker can additionally gather a lot of personal information about you that can be used to steal your identity.
However, below are outlined ways to check if your account has been compromised:
- Go to the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on it.
- In the menu, select a new menu will pop up.
- Choose Security and Login and then Where You’re Logged In.
- A list of all of the devices that you’ve logged into and their locations will pop up. If there is a login you don’t recognize, chances are you may have been hacked. If you see anything that isn’t you, click Not You? on the right side of the log.
- Then click Secure Account. Facebook will then walk you through the steps of securing your account after running a diagnostic on your account. Click Get Started.
Some other ways to tell if your account has been hacked are:
- Your name, birthday, email or password has been changed
- Someone sent out friend requests to people you don’t know
- Messages have been sent from your account, but you didn’t write them
- Posts are appearing on your timeline that you didn’t post
However it is very expedient to know how to secure a Facebook Account and below are a few tips:
- After you secure your account, make it safer. Facebook is jam-packed with security features, you just need to activate them.
- Open Facebook in your browser and go to Settings > Security and Login > Setting Up Extra Security
- Turn on login alerts so that you receive notifications when your account is logged into. This helps you catch a hacker early, before any major damage is done.
- Enable two-factor authentication, then choose an extra layer of security from the list.
- Choose your trusted contacts and add a few close friends or family members that can help you unlock your account if it ever becomes hacked.
- With these steps, your Facebook account is much more difficult for a hacker to get into and much easier to recover if it is ever compromised.
Also to ensure your account is not easily compromised you need to set your password as a random set of numbers, letters and symbols to add a final layer of security. Here are some tips on creating the perfect password.