How to Prevent a Facebook Hack

We all seem to believe that Facebook is a harmless part of our social media lifestyle. After all, we just post articles and photos and think it only goes to people on our friends list. However, we sometimes forget that anything put up online can be used by others, dependant on how you have set those important privacy settings.

There are around 2 billion active users on Facebook, this not only includes celebrities and politicians, but also YOU. Millions of YOU – who have bank accounts and credit cards. Millions of YOU who could be fooled by a message from a “friend” who is asking for emergency funds.

It is just not possible to trust this social media platform totally. Fake news is just part of the issue, but for individuals the bigger problem is the huge potential for your account or a friend of yours having their account hacked. This means someone is posting as you and has control of your account.

The scale of Facebook makes it virtually impossible to assure TOTAL security

1. Worldwide, there are over 2.07 billion monthly active Facebook users for Q3 2017 (Facebook MAUs) which is a 16 percent increase year over year. (Source: Facebook 11/01/17)

2. There are 1.15 billion mobile daily active users (Mobile DAU) for December 2016, an increase of 23 percent year-over- year.  (Source:  Facebook as of 2/01/17)

3. 1.37 billion people on average log onto Facebook daily and are considered daily active users (Facebook DAU) for September 2017, which represents a 16 percent increase year over year (Source: Facebook as 11/01/17).

4. There are 1.74 billion mobile active users (Mobile Facebook MAU) for December 2016 which is an increase of 21% year-over- year (Source: Facebook as of 02/01/17).

Most of us treat it with little understanding of the security issues. We sign on from multiple accounts and use similar or the same passwords that we use for other social media or even our financial sites. We send pictures of where we are, therefore people will know you are not at home or work.

Just imagine what would happen if your Facebook was hacked!

Posts in your name will go out maybe with links to you your friends that may take control of their Facebook accounts. Not only is this a huge nuisance, but it also can lead to financial losses too.

So, it is important to take preventative measures, but also it is vital to know when you have been hacked. If you worry that your account has been hacked, there is a simple way to check. Go to the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on it. In the menu, select Settings.  A new menu will pop up. Choose Security and Login and then Where You’re Logged In – A list of all of the devices that you’ve logged into and their locations will pop up. If there is a login you don’t recognize, chances are you may have been hacked. If you see anything that isn’t you, click Not You? on the right side of the log.

Facebook will walk you through steps to secure your account.

Other signs you may have been hacked

Some other ways to tell if your account has been hacked are:

1. Your name, birthday, email or password has been changed

2. Someone sent out friend requests to people you don’t know

3. Messages have been sent from your account, but you didn’t write them

4. Posts are appearing on your timeline that you didn’t post

How to keep your Facebook account safe

After you secure your account, make it safer.  It is jam-packed with security features, you just need
to activate them. Open Facebook in your browser and go to Settings; Security and Login; Setting Up Extra Security.

From there:

1. Turn on login alerts so that you receive notifications when your account is logged into. This helps you catch a hacker early, before any major damage is done.

2. Enable two-factor authentication, then choose an extra layer of security from the list. Choose your trusted contacts and add a few close friends or family members that can help you unlock your account if it ever becomes hacked.

With these steps, your account is much more difficult for a hacker to get into and much easier to recover if it is ever compromised.

Pro tip: Set your password as a random set of numbers, letters and symbols to add a final layer of security.

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