We continue to add our personal data on Facebook. People voluntarily share their favorite books, brands and drinks, all in search of a social validation that will almost inevitably end in unhappiness.
Given the amount of data we add to Facebook, it is more important than ever to make sure you keep your Facebook safe. However, even the most security-conscious users can have their account hacked. A strong password is not enough; You could lose your phone or stop accidentally logging into a public computer.
Fortunately, Facebook offers some security measures to keep you safe from hackers. Here’s how to find out if someone has hacked your Facebook account.
Check if there are unrecognized Facebook logins
Facebook keeps track of all the devices you use to access your account. Typically, they will be your smartphone, tablet, laptop and, if you have a generous employer, your office computer. If you ever receive a login request from an unusual device or browser, you can have Facebook send you a notification.
To configure the feature, log in to your Facebook account, click on the small arrow in the upper right corner of the screen and select Settings from the menu. Then, in the left panel of the screen, click Security and login. It is the second item in the list.
You should now scroll down to Additional Security Settings> Get alerts about unrecognized logins. Click Edit to see your options.
You can request a notification by smartphone, a notification by email or both. Mark the check boxes next to your options. When ready, click Save Changes.
(Note: This function does not block the login attempt; it only informs you that the login has occurred.)
See login locations
Even if you have not set up notifications for unrecognized or unusual logins, it is possible to see evidence that someone has hacked your Facebook account. You can check a list of your active Facebook sessions and see the complete history of your recent activity.
To check the location where your account was accessed, click again on the small arrow in the upper right corner of the Facebook home screen and select Settings from the drop-down menu. In the left pane, select Security and Login. Then scroll down to Where you are connected.
You will see all the active and recent Facebook sessions. Sessions that are currently active will have an Active indicator now next to the name of the device / browser.
For each session, you can see the device type, location and date. If you see a session that you don't recognize, click on the three vertical dots next to the session name and select No You> Secure account. Facebook will guide you through the various options it offers to make your account more secure.
To close all active sessions, you can select Exit all sessions at the bottom of the list. If you take this step, it is a good idea to immediately change your password and enable two-factor authentication. It will prevent hackers who know your password from regaining access to your account.
(Note: This list is based on your IP address, so many are not quite accurate. I have not been in Tijuana for several months, but as you can see in the Facebook screenshot, I think I am there right now.)
Tell-Tale notes that his Facebook has been hacked
Remember, being hacked does not necessarily mean that someone has access to your credentials. As mentioned at the beginning, you may have accidentally left your account started on a public computer.
If someone has access to your account, you may be able to see some indications that you are being hacked:
Have your personal data been altered (name, birthday, location, employer, etc.)?
Are you now friends with people you don't recognize?
Have messages been sent from your account without your knowledge?
Have you seen unusual entries in your timeline?
Third-party antihacking tools
In addition to Facebook's own internal anti-hacking tools, you can also visit some third-party sites that will allow you to check if your Facebook account has been hacked or not.
One of the best is Have I Been Pwned. The website allows you to enter an email address or username that is used to scan the site's hack database. If a hacker has occurred, you will be told which accounts were violated and where the violation originated. It's an easy way to check a list of pirated Facebook accounts.
You can also register your data and receive a notification in case new hacks occur in the future.
Remember, if you are a victim of a hacker, you must immediately change your password on the affected account. It is also a good idea to configure two-factor authentication.
Notify Facebook immediately
If one of the tools we have discussed in this article makes you think that someone has compromised your Facebook account, one of the things you should do when your Facebook has been hacked is to notify Facebook immediately.
Fortunately, Facebook now offers a dedicated tool to report a pirated account. You have to navigate to facebook.com/hacked and tell Facebook why you think your account is in danger. The four options are:
I have seen an entry, a message or an event in my account that I have not created.
Someone else entered my account without my permission.
I found an account that uses my name or photos.
People can see things in my account that I thought were private.
Only the first two take you through the Facebook internal account security questionnaire. The others take you to information pages about privacy and plagiarism.
Do you stay out of your Facebook sessions?
In summary, Facebook offers two native tools that help you determine if you have been hacked:
Login alerts not recognized.
A list of all recent Facebook sessions.
If you combine these tools with a third-party site and some basic common sense, you will be able to know immediately if someone has hacked your account.
And if you can no longer access your Facebook account, be sure to check out this guide that explains how to recover your Facebook account when you can no longer log in.
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