In the past few weeks myself and many people I know have had issues with their Facebook accounts. My sister seemed to start the first of trend of hacked accounts last week. I was a victim also. Many times when a hacker is successful on one person’s account, they will move on to that person’s friends. As of right now, my sister still does not have control over her account and it has really been a big hassle. One reason why it was not that much of a hassle for me is, I caught it early with my mobile notifications. I am amazed as to how many people do not have this feature enabled on Facebook. It is very easy and could possibly save you from losing your account to a hackers.
First, In the upper right hand corner of your Facebook account, go to your account settings.
Once you are there, you will need to click on security on the left hand side. then go to Login Notifications and click on edit.
You then want to enable the notifications and press save changes. You will then get an email and/or a text message to the accounts registered on your Facebook account when your account has been logged into from a computer or device Facebook does not recognize.
You also want to enable Login Approvals. This way, if someone does try to hack into your account, you will be instantly notified. Setting it up to receive text messages is the best. Having this security feature enabled and paying immediate attention to those text messages was the reason why I was able to regain control over my account so quickly. In a very short period of time, the hackers had attempted to gain control over my Facebook account and succeeded in hacking into my email associated with my Facebook account. t
Enabling these notifications is very simple. From that same security screen go to Login Approvals and click Edit. Then check the box that says “ Require me to enter a security code each time an unrecognized computer or device tries to access my account.”
Make sure you have your current mobile phone number listed there. After enabling this feature, you will receive a code to your mobile phone from Facebook to use to login with instead of your password when logging in to your account from an unknown device. If you know you did not try to login from another location and are receiving these messages, you know someone is so it is important to pay attention to these messages.
Doing these few simple steps will make your Facebook account a lot more secure from hackers. Have you had your account compromised? Questions? Feel free to comment.