It’s never a good feeling when you realize your Facebook Account has been hacked. It is like being robbed on the web, leaving some feeling angry and others not upset at all. Just brushing it off and allowing the hacker to continue using the fake account. Why? because they either don’t know what to do or they don’t think it will hurt anything.
Here’s is what I want to say about either scenario. You need to report it immediately and then change the settings in your account to keep it from happening again.
This article is not to help you understand why the hackers do what they do. It is an article to help you identify what is happening with your account so that you can report it and prevent it from happing to you again.
Hacked or Duplicated?
What’s the difference between being hacked or duplicated? In most cases, we will likely experience our accounts being duplicated.
Where the hacker duplicates our accounts and starts sending out friend requests. You know when you have been friends with someone for 5 years and all of a sudden you get a friend request from them. Sure indicator their account has been duplicated.
An account that has been hacked means the hacker has gained access to your account and is using the actual account. In some cases they will lock you out of your own account; leaving you feeling helpless.
I have good news, Facebook has an answer for you! Here are some simple reporting steps and preventative measures to help you keep your account safe in the future.
If your account has been hacked or duplicated follow these steps:
- Facebook has a Road Block Tool that help you verify your identity and take control of your account if you have been hacked.
- Facebook gives multiple ways to report hacking attempts. You can go to firstname.lastname@example.org or the hacked accounts link. If you believe you have been a victim of a phishing attack fill out a phishing report.
- Fake or Duplicated
- The first thing you will want to is go to Facebook guided help section. They will walk you the steps to report a duplicate account.
- You will want to put up a post to all your friends notifying them that your account has been duplicated and not to accept any friend request from you.
Remember, if you are a Facebook user that has a credit card linked to your account it is critical that you know what to do and immediately take the measures necessary in securing your account. Report to your bank or credit card company that your card may be compromised.
Now that you have control over your account and made the necessary reports to Facebook let’s cover some preventative measures you can take to make your account more secure.
Change your password:
If you suspect your account has been compromised or hacked start by changing your password. You should get into the habit of changing it once a quarter. Change your current password by going to the Home button, then Account Settings, then General; next, click password and follow the prompts.
If you have been the recipient of a thorough hacker and have been locked out of your account you will need to use the “Forgot Password” link on the main login page and follow prompts.
Two Step Login Process:
Start using the two step login process also know as login approvals. This will create an extra barrier of security. This means that whenever your account is logged in from an unfamiliar device Facebook will send you a verification code that you will need use to access the account.
Check your Active Sessions:
How do you stop a hacker before he starts? By checking your active sessions. Simply go to your security settings (log in first) then click on “Where you’re logged in”. If there is anything suspicious click on “end all activity”. This is a good practice to do especially if you are logging on from multiple devices.
With Facebook boasting over a 1.94 billon active monthly users it is safe to say most everyone is using it. It is tempting just stop using technology but that’s like saying your not going to drive a car because it’s dangerous. If we use the tools Facebook provides it makes our online experience much safer.
I realize sometimes it is difficult to think though a solution to a problem when it seems pressing; like your social media account being compromised and that is why I stopped today to write this post.
I hope this article has helped you understand the difference between your account being duplicated or hacked and provided you with some simple steps to help you fix it and keep your account more secure in the future.
Until Next Time, TNT