We hear about Facebook accounts getting hacked on a daily basis. With hackers dedicated to pounce on the slightest mistake made by a user, cases of Facebook accounts being compromised have become quite unavoidable. There are also instances of a friend or family member getting unauthorized access and misusing the information available. If your security and privacy on Facebook is being violated, you need to take proactive steps to secure information that is crucial to you.
Broadly, two situations can arise if your account has been hacked.
Let’s delve into these.
If you’re unable to access your account then your account has been compromised and the password has been changed. Your immediate action should be to visit the Facebook Help Center (www.facebook.com/help/) and locate the My account is compromised page. You can access it by:
After you are directed to that page, click the My Account is compromised button. You will be requested to enter your email address/phone number or your Facebook username or your name and a friend’s name.
If some purchases were made via your hacked account, you can also submit a report regarding the same to the Facebook Credits Support Center via the same page. Instructions to secure your account will be forwarded to the email address provided by you.
In extreme situations you will receive a call from the Facebook security team. Alternatively you can request your friend to use the same instructions to report and they will be directed to the Phishing section of the Help Center.
Your account is hacked if:
The steps to secure your account are quite simple and will go a long way to protect your valuable information.
Step 1: Change your password
To change your password, select Account Settings (to the top right corner of your Facebook page). Choose the Edit option next to your password.
Step 2: Check your alternate email ID settings
If you have allowed an alternate email ID to receive notifications regarding your Facebook account, check if this email address has not been changed. If it has been changed/hacked, the offender will receive notifications about your activity. If you don’t have an alternate address listed, create one immediately.
Step 3: Change your security question and answer
The importance of an effective security question is critical. Your security question and its answer should be something improbable, the answer to which should only be known to you. You need to change your security question immediately as the offender may have viewed or changed your answer.
Step 4: Delete spam messages that you find on your time line
Check your wall and message box for signs of spam messages. If you find any, delete them and report them as spam to Facebook. Leaving them unattended on your Facebook profile is inviting danger.
Step 5: Remove unwanted apps
Remove any unauthorized or spammy apps. Go through all the applications installed by you by accessing Account Settings and clicking the Apps option in the small window to the left. Click Remove Application for unwanted, spoofy or unknown applications.
Step 6: Inform your friends
Notify your friends that your account was hacked and apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Step 7: Change passwords of related services
If you use the same password for other accounts (web mail accounts or bank accounts) you must change them. It is also advisable to change passwords that are similar to the compromised ones.
These steps will help you secure your hacked Facebook account. This will also ensure that your privacy and security remains in your hands and no one misuses them in the future.
very informative post
Thank you Quick Heal Team…Your information is very useful for me & Other Facebook user..HAVE A GOOD DAY…
thanks for giving the information.
Useful! Thank you~
Good post, with good pic’s. Being FB is a sod to use at the best of times, had no idea it was this easy to resolve, Cheers
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I’ve found that if your password is too short (up to 5 or 6 digits) then your account can be hacked by using some application that can automatically match the password by comparing automatically generated passwords. Use strong password which contains characters with numbers as well as special characters(~ , . * ^ % $ # @ ! etc.). It won’t be that much easy to hack your account. Thank you.
Nice info and very crucial Steps…!!
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Thanks Quikheal team for giving , in simple way , most IMPORTENT & helpful Information.
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Good job guys…..!!
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Thanks for the detailed info. I feel that it is still not working if the account of your friend is hacked, and you add them as your friend on FB. The problem continues. I used to get some unacceptable pix stating that ‘99% of the people could not see it more than 2 seconds’ and when I clicked it to see..some vulgar and unwanted pix started floating to my friends of FB and I was put to very sorry situation. What is the solution to this?
NICE INFORMATION. THANKS QUICK HEAL.
my problm is other ….
some one hacked my account nd after using my acc. he/she deactivate it…. nd i made it by phone no nd now i lost my that no. 🙁 what to do plzzzzzzzzzzzz plz help me
If you are unable to log in to your Facebook account without your phone number, then we would suggest you to create a new account using your email address. Do choose a strong password this time so that is is hackproof. For some really easy tips on how to choose a strong password, you can read this blog post.
Facebook account is hacked but your account password remains unchanged
and what hacker did was taken down all my pages which i am the manager of. i am keep reporting FB this problem since 14th of Jan.Is there anyway i can get my pages? Is there any Email ID i can send mail to ?
MY Facebook account is hacked,my account not long in
Have you been able to get access of your Facebook account back? How can we help?
plz help me
Can you please elaborate what issue you are facing?
i had created a page https://www.facebook.com/endlesslove.deadman i made main admin (owner) one of my net friend (whom i really forget) but he removed me from admin and occupied my page…….. it is nesseary to mention here this page was created by me with my fb id……….. is there any possiblity that i can recover my page? kindly email me if there is a chance.
Please contact the Facebook Support Team for the answer to this query. They will be the best party to help you out with this.
sir my account hacked…..my user name and passwrd both r changed by other n hacked……i only see my profile by my frnd accocunt plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help meeee plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZz.
he changed my user id n i know he replce a new gmail id ..it is email@example.com
when i login this hacker id i show ….sir plzzzzzzz helpppppp me
Kindly visit this link – https://www.facebook.com/help/131719720300233.
This is the official Facebook page for hacked accounts and they will help you to get back control over your account.
All the best!
my i’d is hacked by someone any they posting some nudes pic for my fb account .how can i removed it
and how can i found the hacker .
This Facebook Help section might be able to help you solve this issue >> https://www.facebook.com/help/131719720300233/