Given the amount of data we add to Facebook, it’s more important than ever to make sure you keep your account secure. However, even the most security conscious users can have their accounts hacked.
Fortunately, Facebook offers some guarantees to keep you safe from hackers. Here’s how to find out if someone has hacked your Facebook account.
Check for unrecognized Facebook logins
Facebook keeps track of all the devices you use to log into your account. Typically, this will be your smartphone, tablet, laptop and, if you have a generous employer, your office computer. If you receive a login request from an unusual device or browser, you can ask Facebook to send you a notification.
To set up the feature, log into your Facebook account, click on the small arrow in the top right corner of the screen and select Settings> Settings & Privacy from the menu. Next, in the panel on the left side of the screen, click on Security and Login . It is the second item on the list.
Now you need to scroll down to Additional security setup> Get alerts on unrecognized logons . Click Edit to view the options.
You can request a smartphone notification, an email notification, or both. Mark the checkboxes next to your choices. When you’re ready, click Save Changes .
It is important to note that this function does not block the login attempt; it just informs you that the login has happened.
Look at the access locations
Even if you haven’t set up notifications for unrecognized or unusual logins, it’s still possible to see evidence of someone hacking into your Facebook account. You can check a list of your active Facebook sessions and see a complete history of your recent activity.
To check the location where your account has been logged in, you need to once again click on the small arrow in the top right corner of the Facebook home screen and choose Settings> Settings & Privacy from the drop-down menu. In the left panel, select Security & Login . Then, scroll down to Where are you signed in .
You will see all active and recent Facebook sessions. Sessions currently live will have an Active Now indicator next to the device / browser name.
For each session, you can see the device type, location and date. If you see a session you don’t recognize, click on the three vertical dots next to the session name and select Not You> Secure Account . Facebook will guide you through the various options it offers to make your account more secure.
Note that this list is based on your IP address, so the location may not be entirely accurate. But keep an eye out for any strange locations or devices that cannot be explained by your VPN.
To close all active sessions, you can select Exit All Sessions at the bottom of the list. If you perform this step, it’s a good idea to immediately change your password and enable two-factor authentication . It will prevent hackers who know your password from regaining access to your account.
Logging out of all sessions can also be a regular action you take from time to time to protect your account and log it out of devices you no longer use.
Telltale signs that your Facebook has been hacked
Remember, being hacked doesn’t necessarily mean someone has access to your credentials. After all, you may have accidentally left your account logged in on a public computer.
If someone has accessed your account, you may be able to see some telltale signs that you have been hacked:
- Has your personal data (name, birthday, place, employer, etc.) been changed?
- Are you now friends with people you don’t recognize?
- Have any messages been sent from your account without your knowledge?
- Have you seen any unusual posts on your timeline?
If you see these signs, you should take steps to protect your account.
If you can no longer log into your Facebook account due to a hacker changing your password, be sure to check out this guide which explains how to recover your Facebook account when you can no longer log in .
Third party anti-hacking tools
In addition to Facebook’s internal anti-hacking tools, you can also turn to some third-party sites that will allow you to check whether your Facebook account has been hacked or not.
One of the best is Have I Been Pwned . The website allows you to enter an email address or username which is then used to scan the site’s hack database. If a hack has occurred, you will be notified which accounts were breached and where the breach originated. It’s an easy way to check a list of hacked Facebook accounts.
You can also log your details and be notified if new hacks occur in the future.
Remember, if you are the victim of a hack, you should immediately change your password on the affected account. It’s also a good idea to set up two-factor authentication.
Notify Facebook immediately
If any of the tools we’ve discussed in this article makes you think someone has compromised your Facebook account, one of the things you need to do when your Facebook has been hacked is to notify them immediately.
Fortunately, Facebook now offers a dedicated tool to report a compromised account. You need to navigate to facebook.com/hacked and tell Facebook why you think your account has been compromised. The four choices are:
- I saw a post, message or event in my account that I didn’t create.
- Someone else entered my account without my permission.
- I found an account that uses my name or photos.
- People can see things on my account that I thought were private.
Only the first two walk you through the internal Facebook account security questionnaire. Others take you to information pages on privacy and plagiarism.
Do you keep up with your Facebook sessions?
To sum it up, Facebook offers two native tools that help you determine if you’ve been hacked:
- Warnings for unacknowledged logins.
- A list of all your recent Facebook sessions.
If you combine these tools with a third-party site and some basic common sense, you’ll be able to instantly know if someone has hacked your Facebook account.