Facebook hacked? 5 Steps to Recover Your Account
It’s not the end of the world, though it may briefly feel like it.
Report it to Facebook.
They will lead you through a series of steps to change your password. They will also help you ensure that recent changes to your account were made by you.
When it comes to your Facebook password, you want to follow the main rules of creating a password: long, complex, and unique.
- Your password should be at least 8 characters long. The longer it is, the longer it takes to crack.
- When I say complex password, I mean it should include a good mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, number, and symbols. Facebook even allows you to use spaces in your passwords. If you throw a number, symbol, or space into the middle of a password, this makes it much harder to hack.
- As for unique, every password you use should be unique. That being said, most people use the same five passwords over and over. You really, really want your Facebook password to be different from email passwords, and any passwords linked to banking information or credit card numbers. I cannot stress this enough. If your Facebook account is hacked, the first thing those cybercriminals will do is try that password on any other accounts under your name.
If you have a hard time coming up with new, complex passwords, try our Password Generator. It’s free and very easy to use. The Password Generator lets you choose how long the password is and which characters to use.
Tell your Friends.
Tell your Facebook and email contacts. While nobody wants to share that they have been hacked, you may not be the only one affected. Personal data, like email addresses and phone numbers, can be stolen and used for phishing, spam, or worse. Their movements may be monitored through check-ins, so criminals may know where they live and when they are not at home. Their photos can even be stolen and used to create fake profiles.
Give your Facebook account a once over.
I especially suggest checking your apps. You want to make sure that no new apps were installed. You also want to change your app passwords, as those could be compromised. Many apps require access to your public profile. New apps could have been planted to steal your information.
Run a full antivirus scan.
While this isn’t a step to help you recover the account, you certainly want to scan for infections once you have. It’s hard to know if your hacked Facebook account is infected with malware. If it is, scanning with a program like Digital Care AntiVirus could stop you from infecting your contacts. It’s always better to be safe, than sorry.
March 23, 2015 / By: Laura B. Goode