Oh No! My Facebook Account Was Hacked! What’s Next?
Awkward friend requests? Strange messages in your outbox? Activity on your timeline that you don’t remember? Well, those are the telltale signs that your Facebook account was hacked. Not only is this embarrassing, it can actually have serious consequences on your personal and professional life.
Most people don’t realize how much personal information they are putting out into the public realm. Using social media sites such as Facebook becomes a breeding ground for hackers and other opportunists looking to wreak havoc on the web. If your Facebook account was hacked, you may not know where to turn or what to do to get the situation under control.
Let’s go over the steps you can take to protect your identity online if you experience a hacked Facebook account.
Immediate Steps to Recover Your Account if Your Facebook Account Was Hacked
- Get the situation under control: If your Facebook account was hacked and you don’t have access to it, you can contact Facebook support or try to secure your account via Facebook’s online tool.
- Change your password: Once you regain access to your account, immediately change your password. Be sure to use a password that you have never used before, and do everything in your power to make it as “unhackable” as possible. Include numbers, upper and lower case characters, and symbols to make your password unique and harder to guess.
- Add layers of security: To prevent this from happening again, you should make sure to change and update your passwords regularly. This will make it exponentially more difficult for hackers to compromise your Facebook account and will provide some fraud protection. You can also use the two-step verification tool. This ensures that even if someone has your password, they won’t be able to get into your account without the secondary code that is sent to your phone via SMS.
- Put LogDog on guard: If you want true identity theft protection you should consider using LogDog for iOS and Android. Our app adds a brick wall between you and hackers, so your Facebook account stays in your hands.
Keep in mind that these steps don’t just apply to Facebook account. They also keep your credit cards, bank accounts, SSN and other private information safe. When you have the time, you should review all of your accounts and perform a “security check” to make sure they are uncompromised.
So, there you have it: The steps to getting your social media life back under control after its been taken hostage by an online criminal. If you want to prevent this from happening in the first place, consider our LogDog Detective Tool. It will check your accounts for any suspicious activity and if something fishy comes up, we’ll let you know right away!
Trust us, you don’t want to be in a situation where you’ve had your Facebook hacked. You don’t want to face the embarrassment of having a hacker post on your behalf for all your friends, family and co-workers to see.