Has your Facebook 👤 account ever been #hacked?
Would you even know if it had been?
We all recognize the importance of keeping our social media attorney profiles private 🔓; however, in order to ensure the security of our personal information and accounts, we must first understand more about hackers.
Why hackers hack
There are three main reasons why people hack Facebook accounts:
1. Jealousy – Jealous 😠 ex-boyfriend, anyone?
2. Anger – Angry 😡 ex-boyfriend, anyone?
3. Thievery – People will hack into your Facebook account to access personal data such as your date of birth 👶, your place of birth, and even your mother’s 👩 maiden name, and use that information to access your credit 😱.
How to know if you’ve been hacked
The first way of knowing you’ve been hacked is usually from reports by your friends 👫. They’ll most likely let you know they’ve been receiving random Facebook messages 💬 with weird links 🔗 and photos 📷.
Once you’ve been alerted, you can take the following steps to verify whether or not an unauthorized person has logged into your account:
✅ Log in to your Facebook page and hit the “Home” 🏠 button
✅ Go to the down arrow on the right side of the page
✅ Click on “Settings” ⚙️, and on the left hit “Security and Login”, then look under the heading where it identifies the location 📍 from which you’re logged in.
If you are not in that location, then you know you’ve been hacked.
The second way of knowing you’ve been hacked is if your password doesn’t work despite the fact that you haven’t changed it.
In this case, you should attempt to reset your password by visiting the login screen on Facebook and clicking “Forgot your Password”.
Regardless of your success in logging back into your account, it’s imperative that you #report 🗣️ the potential hack to Facebook. You can do that by going here.
How to prevent 🚫 hacking
Assuming your Facebook account has not been hacked, you probably want to keep it that way.
Here are five important steps you should take in order to avoid getting hacked:
1. Change your password
Almost 90% of all Facebook hacks are the result of simple passwords that hackers can guess either by using personal information accessible online or special hacking programs.
Luckily, it’s easy to have a strong 💪 password that you won’t have to remember.
By using password managing websites such as lastpast.com, you can generate random, strong passwords and store them securely.
If you’re looking for a free password generator, I’d recommend passwordgenerators.net or freepasswordgenerator.com.
You can change your Facebook password by going back to “Settings”, “Security and Login”, and finding the heading that says “Login”. Click “Edit” and enter in your current password followed by your new one.
To be safe, I recommend changing your Facebook password every two months 📆, at the same time you change your bedsheets 🛏️.
2. Choose an emergency 🆘 contact
Only add Facebook friends you can trust, and then choose one of those friends as a contact in case you get locked out of your account.
With this service, your Facebook friends can send 📲 you a special recovery code and URL 🔗 for you to re-access your account.
To add friends for login purposes, return to your “Settings”, “Security and Login”, and “Choose Friends to Contact”. From there, click “Edit” and “Choose Trusted Contacts”.
Then, you can enter 3-5 of your trusted friends’ names! Just choose carefully; once these friends are selected you’ll be forever indebted to like their family 👨👩👧👦 photos on Facebook.
3. Two-factor ✌ authentication
Yeah, yeah – I know that two-factor authentication can sometimes be a pain. However, it’s very effective in stopping 🛑 Facebook hacks.
If you’re not familiar with two-factor authentication, it’s an extra layer of security 🛡️ for logging into Facebook on an unfamiliar web browser or device.
During two-factor authentication, Facebook will send a special code via #text 📱 or #email 📧 that you must then enter in order to login.
This form of security makes hacking especially difficult because the hacker must not only have your password on hand, but also your cell phone or email password.
To initiate two-factor authentication, return to “Security and Login”, scroll down to the “Use two-factor authentication” heading, and click on “Edit.”
I personally prefer cell phone authentication as opposed to downloading the app; but you can choose which works best for you.
Login alerts ⚠️
Once you’ve gotten all set with two-factor authentication, you can receive email or text every time there is a successful login to your Facebook account from an unfamiliar device or web browser. These are known as login alerts.
Login alerts are great because they also work for #Messenger, which is basically a new frontier for hacking. Hackers are very likely to get into someone’s Messenger account and send links or photos to their friends.
In order to set up login alerts, go to “Security and Login”, scroll down to “Setting up Extra Security”, and look down to find “Get alerts about unrecognized logins”. From there, click 🖱️ “Edit” and then choose whether you’d like to receive alerts for Facebook, Messenger, or both.
Delete 🗑️ unused #apps
Another sneaky way for hackers to access your account is through unused Facebook apps.
If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, Facebook apps are those third-party websites that require you to either create a username and password or login with your Facebook credentials.
This may be an easy way to get out of memorizing additional usernames and passwords, but hackers can get into your Facebook account through these apps – especially the ones that are expired or no longer used.
To delete these apps, visit the “Settings” page and scroll down to “Apps and Websites”, where all of your active apps will be listed.
If you click on “Expired”, you’ll access the apps you no longer use. By checking ☑️ off every one of these and clicking “Remove”, you can delete them. Super simple, right?!
Be sure to share this information with your family and friends in order to keep all of them safe from Facebook hackers.
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