Having your Facebook account hacked is a nightmare. Imagine a stranger having access to all your private messages, contacting your friends, abusing your Facebook page,  and deleting your personal information.To avoid this, you should regularly update your password and keep your security settings tight. Not just on Facebook; on all of your online accounts!

Once it’s too late, however, you must act fast. The most important thing is – don’t panic! You can regain access to your account.

How Do You Know Your Facebook Account Was Hacked?

First of all, how do you know your Facebook account was hacked if nothing obvious changed…yet? If a hacker managed to get into your account, they will leave a trace.Has Your Facebook Been Hacked? Here’s How to Tell (and Fix It) Has Your Facebook Been Hacked? Here’s How to Tell (and Fix It)There are quite a few things that you can do to prevent an attack on your Facebook account, and a few things you can do to fix things if it does get hacked. 

Go into your Facebook account and click the arrowhead in the top right to expand a menu. From the menu, pick Settings and go to Security and Login or just use this direct link.

At the very top, you’ll see a list of devices from which you’ve most recently logged into your Facebook account and when they were active.

Click See More to expand that list and review older sessions. If you spot any suspicious activity in your logins, here’s what you need to do, in the following order

Change Your Password

In case the hacker hasn’t changed your password, you got lucky! This is the time to update your password before you log out suspicious sessions (you don’t want to alert the hacker). If it’s too late, head to another step.

Under Settings > Security and Login, scroll down to Login and click Change password. Enter your current password, set a strong new password (use a password manager), and click Save Changes.

After changing your password, scroll back up to Where You’re Logged In. Either Log Out of individual sessions by clicking the three vertical dots or click the Log Out Of All Sessions option in the bottom right after expanding the list. Do this only if you’re sure you can log back in.

We recommend logging out completely, provided your contact details and security settings are up to date. You don’t want to jeopardize your means of logging back in! If you’re unsure, manually log out all recent sessions that seem suspicious. From here, proceed to step 3 if you think that your account was abused.

Reset Your Password

If the hacker did change your password and you can no longer log int your Facebook account, act quickly!How to Recover Your Facebook Account When You Can No Longer Log In How to Recover Your Facebook Account When You Can No Longer Log In Did you forget your password and can no longer log in? Or was your account hacked? Here’s how you can recover your Facebook account Try to regain access. There is a Forgot your password? link underneath the Facebook login.

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It will let you retrieve your password in several different ways. First, you’ll have to Find Your Account. You can either enter the email address you used to register with Facebook or any other secondary email address you added, as well as your phone number.

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If Facebook can find your account, you can choose how to Reset Your Password. In my case, Facebook offers me to send a recovery code to any of the email addresses I added to my account. I highly recommend that you specify multiple backup email addresses. Remember that you must keep those accounts equally secure, at least by using a strong password and ideally by enabling two-factor authentication.

Use the No longer have access to these? link if that’s the case. Facebook will ask how they can reach you to verify your identity. This can take a while. If you believe that the person who has access to your account has been abusing it, proceed to step 2.

Report Compromised Account

If your account wasn’t simply hacked, but is sending out ads and spam to your friends, you must report it as compromised.

You can also use this in case you lost access to your account by means of a hacking attack. Facebook will help you recover access to your account.

Remove Suspicious Applications

Oftentimes, it’s not an evil person that randomly hacked your account. More likely than not you granted access to a malicious application which subsequently hijacked your account.How to Prevent & Remove Facebook Malware or Virus How to Prevent & Remove Facebook Malware or Virus Facebook malware is a threat, but you don’t have to worry about it if you follow this advice. Here’s how to avoid the nasty side of Facebook.

To remove suspicious applications, go to Settings > Apps and go through the list. Be sure to Show All, hover over applications you’d like to remove, click the X, and confirm by clicking Remove.

Alternatively, click the Edit icon and change the app’s permissions, which includes options like app visibility, access to your personal information, and actions it can do.

Do Damage Control

After doing everything you can to regain control over your hacked Facebook account and preventing further damage, inform your friends about what is going on.10 of the World’s Most Famous Hackers & What Happened to Them 10 of the World’s Most Famous Hackers & What Happened to ThemNot all hackers are bad. The good guys — “white-hat hackers” — use hacking to improve computer security. Meanwhile “black-hat hackers” are the ones who cause all the trouble, just like these guys.

This is a precautionary step, in case the hacker has been abusing your account. If you presently can’t access your account, contact your Facebook friends through other social networks, by email, or have a mutual friend inform them via Facebook.

Bonus: Improve Your Facebook Privacy and Security Settings

Once you’re back in control, we highly recommend that you review your Facebook settings.

  • Under Settings > General, update your contact details, add additional email addresses or mobile phone numbers you have access to.
  • Head to Settings > Security and Login to set up extra security measures, including alerts about unrecognized logins, two-factor authentication, and choose 3 to 5 trusted friends who can help you to recover your account should you get locked out.
  • Under Settings > Privacy, choose the privacy settings you’re comfortable with. We recommend letting only friends see your future posts and retroactively limiting visibility of past posts.