Mar 29, 2017

Posted in Gadgets

How to tell if your Facebook account has been hacked

Strong passwords make a great difference when we consider the fact that part of our lives take place and develop on the virtual space. Facebook became in the past years the beholder of our deepest secrets, our contact with the outside world, the place where friendships begin, develop and maybe sometimes end. It has become our main tool of expressing ourselves, but what if you start noticing your Facebook starts to express things that don’t align with your philosophies and views? There might be a chance for your account to be the subject of a hacking move. As Avatier’s Password Security Infographic explains to us, there is a chance that even a close friend or relative is guilty of it. However, this is oftentimes an identity theft, and we all know that this is a severe felony. But how do you figure out that your account has been hacked? We have a couple of hints that might indicate this as it follows:

There is a simple way of checking the login history

From the Setting menu, one can learn from what devices their account has been used. In the right upper corer of the page, users will find the Settings menu, from which they must access the Security section. From there, choose the “Where You’re Logged In” menu. This will display all the devices that have been used to long into your account. This will allow you do identify if there are some unknown devices. If there are, most likely your account has been hacked.  Case in which, you have the possibility to disconnect the activity on those particular devices by hitting “End Activity” and resetting your password. Only make sure you use a strong one, since the previous one was simple enough to be figured out by others.

Signs that someone is using your account without your permission

There are a couple of hints that you are not the only one with activity on your account. For instance, if you notice friend requests sent to people you don’t know or don’t recall sending those friend requests. If messages have been sent from your account but you don’t remember sending them, there is a chance that someone is using the account without your permission, and the same in possible if your name, or birthday or other personal data has been changed. 

What to do if your account has been hacked?

Remember the fact that large corporations are using Facebook to reach closer to their clients and collaborators. In such cases, the identity theft might translate in great negative effects on the company’s reliability, image and trustworthiness. However, no matter an account is personal or for corporate purposes, if someone hacked it, go to the Facebook Help Page and ask there for assistance. And to prevent further identity thefts, and especially for corporations, it is advisable for Login Alerts to be set up, Two-Factor Authentication to be activated, in order to make sure the account remains safe.