What To Do If Your Facebook Gets Hacked
Jackie here. Facebook hacking is a problem that can affect celebrities, politicians, and every day users. If you fall victim to a hack, this guide will help you correct the problem. Remember, prevention is always better than correction; we’ll also show you some steps to protect and secure your account.
Why Would Someone Want to Hack My Facebook Account?
Facebook hacking occurs when someone gains access to your account and then fraudulently uses it, pretending to be you. Facebook accounts are highly valuable to hackers because they can be used to log in to other sites. Scammers also use Facebook to post malicious links in hopes that a friend will see your link, click, and fall victim themselves.
These malicious links are often used to spread scams and to distribute malware, which can lead to identity theft. Other scammers may send messages to friends and family asking for money.
What Should I Do if My Facebook Account Is Hacked?
Facebook has a process for reclaiming accounts should hacking occur. Go to the Hacked Accounts page and follow the steps to secure your account. You’ll need to answer some identifying questions and to change your password. If you share your password on multiple accounts, you should change your password for other accounts too.
Preventing Facebook Account Hacking
There are a few simple steps you can take to minimize your risk for Facebook account hacking:
- Use Unique Passwords- Your social media accounts need strong passwords and shouldn’t be shared with other accounts. Choose long, strong, unique passwords for your Facebook and other social media accounts.
- Protect Your Social Media Accounts like a Bank Account- Most people wouldn’t log in to their bank account and leave it accessible on a computer while they’re away, but many think nothing of doing this with their Facebook account. Protect it like you would a bank account by logging out and ensuring that others don’t have access.
- Don’t Accept Friend Requests from Strangers- Only accept friend requests from people you actually know.
Learn more about Facebook hacking from the Identity Theft Resource Center.