Social media platforms is one of the most popular means of communication in this 21st century.
Facebook is not left out as it stands out as the most used social media network among all numerous others which includes twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, etc.
In all this social media platforms, the security of personal data is the priority of any user,.
Its always very painful to loose your Facebook account, your friends list,chats,groups and most importantly your business Page to hackers and having to start all over again to create new account. Worry no more as this post will enlighten you on how to protect your Facebook account from hackers, just read to the end.
Hackers and other cyber criminals can use your Facebook profile for doing illegal businesses once they gets access to it through some programming skills and tricks, they can use your Facebook profile to impersonate themselves since they won’t like to expose their own real identity while doing illegal businesses.
Cyber scammers popularly known as yahoo boys usually does this.
Hacking simply means a forceful and illegal access and control over peoples information in a computer system or Unauthorized attempts to bypass the security mechanisms of an information system or network.
At times you may notice some activities on your Facebook account which you didn’t perfom. Therefore it is very necessary to protect your Facebook account from hackers.
Before we proceed ,let’s take a look at some signs that your Facebook account has been hacked or in danger.
SIGNS THAT YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT IS AT RISK OF BEING HACKED.
Strange activities on your facebook account which INCLUDES:
1. Unauthorized messages to your friends :.
If you have ever noticed unusual or any kind of message sent to your Facebook friends without your consent ,then its likely that your Facebook account is under attack, you need to be observant and at alert over all messages on your Facebook account.
2. Acceptance notifications of friends you never sent a request :.
Sometimes you may suddenly see a notification telling you that someone accepted your friend request and you will be like “when did I sent him a friend request?” , even though we hardly notices this as its very hard to keep track of all those you sent friend requests. You may also see friends in your list whom you never accepted.
If you ever noticed this, its likely that your account is being used by someone else without your consent.
3. Suspicious comments you never made:.
If you have ever noticed your comments on posts and you never made those comments yourself, its likely that your Facebook account is under attack, this may be hardly noticeable, therefore you have to be very observant and monitor all activities on your Facebook account.
These and many more strange activities on your Facebook account are signs that your account can be fully hacked at anytime, so you have to be very careful with your Facebook account if you really value your information.
Temporarily you can change your Facebook password if you notice any of these activities to protect your account.
You are logged out from your facebook account :.
Sometimes you may try to login to your account and you will notice that you’ve been logged out. This is divided in two forms
- Password changed:.
If you try to login to your Facebook account and it automatically logs you out and displays incorrect password message,and you didn’t change your password, this is a sure sign that someone is trying to hack your Facebook account.
If this happens you can easily recover your account by using the forgot password button if the hacker hasn’t changed the phone number on your Facebook account.
- Facebook suddenly tells you to verify your account:.
This naturally happens if you try to spam Facebook by posting a link multiple times in Facebook groups, pages or timelines almost at the same time , as it is against their policy.
But there are cases where you didn’t do anything on your account and they will tell you to verify your account’s information, if this happens to you ,its a sure sign that someone has hacked your Facebook account, this can happen many times if you were able to recover your account the first time.
As we all know that prevention is better than cure ,let’s now discuss on how to protect your Facebook account from hackers.
WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT FROM HACKERS
Setup extra security on your Facebook account :.
This is the major step to fully secure your Facebook account but unfortunately most people are not aware of this settings, even me that wrote this post, it took me time to discover this after several hackings on my Facebook account, in fact I lost two Facebook accounts to hackers before I finally discovers this, and since then my Facebook account has never experienced any form of hack again.
To turn ON extra security, go to settings>>>Account settings>>>Security and login.
Then turn on Two factor identification:.
When you turns on two factor identification, Facebook will always ask for a confirmation code which will be sent to your phone number anytime you try to login on any unrecognized device.
This means that nobody including you can login into your Facebook account on another phone without having your simcard to receive the identification code.
So ,this makes its impossible for anyone to hack your Facebook account easily .
Turn on “get alerts on unrecognized logins” :.
This is also important ,Facebook will notify you in your messenger of any unrecognized login attempts from other devices, in this way you will be aware of all logins to your Facebook account.
With these settings ON, your facebook account is secured.
Avoid using your Facebook account to register on unknown sites.
At times when we want to register on some sites ,they may give us the options of registering with our Facebook account information instead of having to fill a new signup form.
This may be a quick easy way to signup but this is not always a good idea as all your Facebook details including your password will be sent to the site managers which they can use to hack your Facebook account if it is a fraudulent site, but if the site is a highly trusted site you can use your Facebook account information to signup with them.
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But we can not always know a true trusted site, so the best way to secure your account is to avoid using your Facebook account details to sign up on any site, use other signup options like Email or simply fill the signup form.
Check your Facebook account’s user agents and locations :
Always make sure you logs out from any phone or computer you might have logged into especially in a cyber cafe before leaving.
If you leave your Facebook account logged into people’s phones whether your friends or not, this may pose a great treat to your account’s security.
In case if you forgot to logout from any device you might have logged into, you can do that in settings,
To log out of all devices you have logged into, Go to settings>>> security and login>>>under “where you’ve logged in”, click log out of all sessions below it and also reset password as your password will still be saved in those devices if you had activated remember password.
You can always check the devices that logged into your Facebook account from here, the location may vary for a particular device but it will still be the same device name. For example , am using a Gionee phone, when i checked, it showed that I logged in different places but its still the same phone name.
If it shows a different phone name which you never used to login into your account before,it means that someone is using or trying to login to login or hack your Facebook account,
If you notice this, quickly log out of all sessions and change your password to a harder one, write your password in your jotter in case you forgets.