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How To Know if Your Facebook is Hacked and How To Fix it

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Having your Facebook hacked can be an annoying experience. I’ve personally experienced this after a couple of friends contacted me claiming that am sending them messages they think aren’t coming from me.

On September 25, 2018, Facebook discovered that attackers had exploited a vulnerability caused by the complex interaction of three bugs in there system to obtain access tokens.

There tokens are used a digital key to request certain information through Facebook. Long story short, Facebook acted quickly to secure the site and began an investigation to determine if anyone’s Facebook information was accessed and how many users were impacted and finally got it sorted.

In this article, am going to how you how to know if your Facebook account is hacked and how you can around to have it fix.

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1. How To Know If Your Facebook is Hacked

Hacked Facebook accounts have a number signs you can consider or relate to if its happening to you at the moment. Here are just a few ways on how to know if someone hacked your Facebook account.

i. If you can’t login into your account
ii. If your password was changed by someone else
iii. When you account is sending spammy texts to your contacts
iv. Suspicious friending and un-friending in wired manner
v. Receiving a chuck of friend request in a short while
vi. Auto liking pages you have no idea about

To Read: How To Know if My SnapChat is Hacked and How To Fix it

2. How to Find out Who Hacked your Facebook

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Besides using untrusted 3rd party apps and individuals who claim they can lookup for whoever hacked into your Facebook account, there is literally no official way you can do this. There have been couple of accounts that where opened and ran against governments politically but they (governments) failed to trace the people behind those accounts.

The only way to find out who hacked your Facebook account is actually to contact Facebook and let them know about the possible hack and if necessary ask them to provide the hack logs, attacker devices and IP location.

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3. What do to if Your Facebook Account is Hacked

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Once you realise that your account is being accessed by an intruder due to suspicious actions that i shared with you in section 1 of this article, here is what you can do

  1. Change your Facebook account password
  2. Change the password to the email you used when joining Facebook
  3. Set up the two factor authentication
  4. Disconnect all un official 3rd party apps you granted access to your Facebook account
  5. Check all your activity logs and block all suspicious activities
  6. Disable all suspicious devices you have no idea about accessing your account.
  7. Review all the unauthorised logins and devices
  8. Activate alerts on unauthorised logins
  9. Encrypt all notification emails from Facebook
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To Read: Telegram Hacked? Here is how to know and how to get it back

4. How to Fix a Hacked Facebook account

1. Use An Authentication App for Two-Factor Authentication?

You can only add a third-party authentication app or other two-factor authentication method if you already have access to your Facebook account. If you can’t access your Facebook account, you can try recovering it.
When you turn on two-factor authentication, you’re asked to choose either text message (SMS) codes or a third-party authentication app as your primary security method.
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A third-party authentication app (such as Google Authenticator or LastPass) can be used to generate login codes that help us confirm it’s you when you log in from a new device for the first time.
To use a third-party authentication app for login codes:
  1. Install a third-party authentication app on your device. It’s best to install the app on the device you normally use to access Facebook.
  2. Go to your Security and Login Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Use two-factor authentication.
  4. Click Get Started. You may be asked to re-enter your password at this point.
  5. Click Authentication App when you’re asked to choose your security method.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

 

2. Use App passwords

App passwords are one-time passwords you can use to log into your apps while keeping your personal Facebook password secure.
If you have two-factor authentication turned on, you won’t have to wait to receive a code when you use an app password. Instead, you can skip the authentication step and log in immediately.
To get an app password:
  1. Go to your Security and Login Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit.
  3. Go to App Passwords and click Generate.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Facebook will save a list of the apps you generate app passwords for, but they won’t save the passwords. If you log out of any of your apps, you should generate a new password.

To Read: How To Know if My Instagram is Hacked and How To Fix it

Inclosing

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The security of your Facebook account all lies in your hands. Know that you should never use unsecure applications on your phone or using a rooted device to access apps like Facebook or WhatsApp.

Also, limiting access to your device turns out to be helpful as you don’t know the intentions of whoever is having access to your mobile. Just know someone may simply install a spy app to monitor your activity and even steal login details on other actions you perform.

So using a basic password protection app, limits access to your device and halting access to your Facebook account by 3rd party apps greatly help you protecting your online presence and security.

Credit: Facebook Help

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Kwehangana Hamza

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I am a digital content designer and publisher working with a top digital agency in Kampala, Uganda. I started blogging out of my passion for learning & sharing.

Through this blog, I share tech and digital tips i’ve uncovered and hoping they be of great value to you.

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