Hopefully, the day will never come when you find your Facebook account has been hacked or taken over. It is an awful feeling, & I feel for you, for the world of hurt that you will experience in time and perhaps money to lớn return your trương mục to your rightful control.

Let me take you through the recovery process. Afterward, I’ll provide some proactive security pointers you can follow to lớn prevent this awful moment from happening, or at least reduce the chances that it will.

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Three ways you can thảm bại control of your Facebook account

There are actually three different possible scenargame ios.

Scenario 1. You let a family member or friover “borrow” your Facebook tài khoản on your computer or phone. They proceed lớn consume nội dung, post messages as you, or befriover random people. This happened to a frikết thúc of mine, who had a grandchild staying at her trang chính for a week. The girl left town & left a mess behind on my friend’s Facebook account. “She didn’t post anything to my tài khoản, but I had odd friend requests that I had to lớn clean up. I decided khổng lồ just quit using my tài khoản.” This is more of a nuisance than a haông chồng, but still annoying.

Remedy: First, use Facebook’s security page lớn kiểm tra và see where else your tài khoản is already logged in.

This list should also remind you of all of the devices that you have sầu used Facebook on in the past. I took this screenshot after I found (& then removed) an older Windows máy tính that I hadn’t used in years on the list. You’ll also see an entry for my iPhone that is located somewhere in Indiamãng cầu. I haven’t visited that state in years, so sometimes the geo-location algorithms are a bit wonky. Even if your account isn’t hacked, it is helpful khổng lồ routinely kiểm tra this screen to make sure you haven’t enabled a login by mistake.

If you don’t recognize (or don’t use) any of the devices on this list, cliông chồng on the three vertical dots on the right and force those machines to log out of your account. Next, change your password to something chất lượng. Also, rethành viên in the future lớn sign out of Facebook (và Messenger) before you loan your device to lớn anyone.

Scenario 2. Someone uses your photo và name và sets up a new account. Then they proceed to lớn try to lớn recruit your FB friends khổng lồ their trương mục.

Remedy: There isn’t much you can vì about it, other than tell people you are still you & khổng lồ ignore the imposter. This should be a warning when you receive sầu a friover request from someone you think you have sầu already befriended, or someone you haven’t communicated with in years. A word to the wise: send them an gmail or text asking if the request is genuine.

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Scenario 3. The doomsday scenario. Someone guesses your tài khoản password & proceeds to lock you out of your account. This situation is the most dire, và fixing this will depover on what else you have sầu linked khổng lồ your Facebook account và how determined you are khổng lồ get it back.

This happened to Elizabeth, a book author. She ended up working with two different friends who were IT professionals and a lawyer over the course of four months. She had two complicating factors that made recovering her tài khoản difficult.

First, she used Facebook ads to promote her books, so she had connected her login to lớn her credit cards. This resulted in the hacker charging her thẻ with their own ads to try khổng lồ lure other victims to lớn compromise themselves.

The second complication was that she was using her pen name and a random birthday date for her trương mục. During the recovery process, Facebook asks that you scan your ID khổng lồ verify who you are. When she told me this, I became concerned for myself. For years I prided myself on using January 1 as my Facebook “birthday.” Now she was telling me that I was setting myself up for trouble if someone hacked my trương mục.

She eventually got her password reset, but almost immediately the hacker rephối và took over her account again. “I tried to get someone at Facebook to help me, but I couldn’t get anyone on the phone,” she told me. Before the pandemic, the company had a special phone hotline for industry insiders, “but this was discontinued,” she said. She had more success blocking the credit thẻ charges by phoning her bank. “I was trying to lớn be a step ahead of the hacker, & losing sleep. My whole life was put on hold as I tried khổng lồ giảm giá with the situation. I got no work done for months. I ended up changing my passwords on more than 30 different accounts.”

Possible remedies: if you find yourself in this last situation, you have sầu three basic choices:

1.Now would be a good time to leave sầu Facebook. The trouble is, you have someone who is pretending lớn be you, và could leverage your identity into lớn criminal & uncomfortable situations. Not khổng lồ mention that they could try to leverage bank accounts that are linked lớn your account or open up credit cards in your name. (More on that in a moment.)

2.Try khổng lồ reinstate your account on your own, using Facebook’s own obscure và oftentimes contradictory steps. That is the way most people I know have tried. However, you will find out very quickly that there is no easy way khổng lồ do this. You have to lớn communicate with Facebook tư vấn through someone else’s tài khoản, which seems somewhat contradictory, so hopefully your spouse or friend is willing lớn lover a hand. (Don’t be tempted khổng lồ set up a second account, because that could result in both of your accounts eventually being canceled.) Then you have sầu to lớn choose one of several options (finding an unauthorized post, an tài khoản that uses your own name and/or photos) và enter the rabbit hole to recover your tài khoản.

If you use Facebook as a means lớn log inlớn other mạng internet services, you will have to disconnect these link — otherwise a hacker can then compromise these other accounts. If, like Elizabeth, you have sầu connected your credit thẻ or other financial accounts, you will have khổng lồ contact these institutions & get these charges rescinded. Start by trying to use Facebook from other devices you have sầu previously used: perhaps the hacker hasn’t automatically logged you out.

3.Use a third-tiệc ngọt recovery service, such as Hacked.com. This will cost you $249, but the company will be persistent & if they can’t help you, they will refund your fee. You also get a year’s digital protection plan included that normally sells separately for $99. If you have a complex situation like Elizabeth (connected finances, non-matching birthday), I recommover using this path.

But make sure you aren’t employing some random hacker who might be taking your money and doing nothing else. I spoke khổng lồ Hacked.com founder Jonas Borchgrevink, who outlined the various sequences of steps that his staffers try in a recent Washington Post article. And he confirmed that if you are using a different name from what is shown on your ID, it is almost impossible lớn recover your tài khoản.

Proactive sầu security measures

If you haven’t been hacked (yet) & are getting somewhat uncomfortable reading this, here are some steps khổng lồ take lớn secure your Facebook account, or to lớn at least reduce your pain points if it does happen. Start by doing at least one of them today, & make sure you take care of all of the items as soon as possible.

1. Set up additional login security on your Facebook account. Facebook offers you a phối of confusing choices, but the one that I recommend is lớn use a two-factor authenticator tiện ích such as Google Authenticator. (You can start at this Facebook page.)

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