Facebook account hacking is become a national obsession it seems. Rising number of cases and the rate at which they happen. We do wonder why does someone hack someones account. Followed by what do they do next. Lets explore.
Why does Facebook account get hacked?
There is a seemingly long list of people interested in hacking anyones account. Professional hackers want your account so that they can send spam links to all persons in your friend list. Hackers do it for money considerations mostly. Although some hacking attempts might be for personal reasons too.
Someone can hire a professional hacker to cause trouble to you or your business. Maybe an ex who already had access to your social media accounts. Someone, somehow has got hold of your password or guessed the password itself. Someone close to you. If you are sharing your phone with a lot of people, someone among them is a potential password stealer.
Do not give your phone to anyone no matter what the emergency.
What to do next after your account is hacked?
First reset or change your password immediately. Unless emergency, try changing password or resetting the password on a laptop or computer rather than a mobile phone. If you still have access to your account, change the password after accessing Settings and Security & Login.
The next immediate step you should do is Logging out of all sessions. Just above the password change option is the list of devices which have Facebook logged in. Under the list is the button for logging out.
If the hacker has logged in from some other device, this will be the point where he or she has to leave.
One additional step that can be taken is remove all permissions to devices to login without a code.
Remove all the devices for the time being. You can add them later.
If you do not have access to your Facebook account – Request for a reset
Access the link here.
Enter the mobile number which you used or the email address. You will next be given a list of email address and mobile numbers linked with that account.
Once you ask for the code, Facebook will ask you to choose a new password. Once the new password is set, logout from all sessions and remove all authorised devices too.
Report to Facebook about account hacked
If the above steps do not work, use this link to report hacking to Facebook.
This link will take you to login details where Facebook will guide you step by step.
The process of regaining your account is same in all cases. It all depends on the email address and mobile number registered with Facebook.
How to prevent Facebook account from being hacked?
A determined hacker will always get to your account. However you can make the process more difficult for the hacker by doing a few things.
- Using a strong and not easy to guess password.
- Ensure an email address and phone number is registered with Facebook. Do not share this email or phone number with general public.
- Enable two factor authentication.
- Set login alerts.
- Change password regularly.
- Set alert for each login so that Facebook informs you that someone has logged into your account.
Social Media is a cess pool of questionable human behaviour. - addaa