What to Do if Your Facebook Account Gets Hacked
Facebook is perhaps the first mobile app accessed by users whenever they unlock their Smartphone. Not only on the mobile device, even on the web browser, it is quite common to see Facebook as the default webpage set by users for a quick access to the account. For many of us, Facebook has become much more than just a social networking website. It has become a way of getting in touch with the world for personal and professional purposes. Considering the importance of Facebook at present, you would never want anyone else to have access to your FB account, especially for security and privacy reasons, so what if you find your Facebook account to be inaccessible the next time you try to log into it?
In this topic, you will learn as to how you can recover your Facebook account when it has been hacked and you are unable to gain access to it. Below, we have provided the step-by-step instructions on how to regain control of your hacked FB account and eliminate a hacker from it.
Steps to Recover Hacked Facebook Account
1.) Go to the Facebook sign-in page and click on the Forgotten account? link located just below the Log in button. This will direct you to a next page where you will be asked to provide a username (email address or phone number) using which you used to access your FB account.
2.) Once you have entered the username, click on the Search button. You will be shown the profile picture and a couple of options for the username which you entered.
NOTE: Depending upon the information provided to Facebook earlier, you will see options as given below:
- Use my Google account
Log into Google (if you aren’t already) to quickly reset your password.
- Send code via email
- Send code via SMS
These options are given in order to prove your identity as the rightful owner of the hacked FB account. You will need to select the appropriate option from these. If you select the first option, Facebook will allow you to reset the password for your account after it verifies your identity positively. However, if you select a 2nd or 3rd option, Facebook will send a verification code to your email address or phone number (depending on the option selected by you). After selecting the option, click on the Continue button.
3.) Next, you will need to enter the code on the subsequent screen and click on the Continue button. Then, you will be prompted to create a new password on the next screen.
4.) Simply create and enter the New password for your hacked FB account in the provided fields and click on the Continue button.
5.) After that, you will be shown two options like these:
- Log out of other devices
We’ll help you check for recent changes next.
- Stay logged in
NOTE: Considering that your account has been hacked, it is strongly recommended to select the option – Log out of other devices and click on the Continue button. Selecting this option ensures that your Facebook account gets logged out of any other active sessions including the one being used by the hacker.
6.) After that, you will be directed to the next screen where you will be suggested to verify your account to delete any changes made to your account by a hacker. So, simply Click on the Get Started button.
7.) Wait until Facebook completes the inspection process. Once the process gets completed, you will get the detailed result for the changes made to your account.
8.) On the next screen, you can select the changes which you wish to undo. Simply click on the Delete button.
9.) Once the changes get undone, you will see a success notification – All finished on your screen.
10.) After that, click on the Go to News Feed button. You will then gain the full control of your Facebook account.
In order to keep your Facebook account safe and protected against hacking and other cyber threats in the future, make sure of the following.
- Avoid accessing your Facebook account on untrusted devices.
- If you ever have to access your account on untrusted devices due to unavoidable circumstances, make sure to log out of your account.
- Use a combination of alphabets, numbers and special characters in your password.
- Make sure to not to use the password for other online accounts as it can make your both accounts vulnerable to cyber threats if someone gets access to either of your account.
So, this is how you can recover your hacked Facebook account and keep it safe from cyber threats in the future.