One of the most popular social networking sites in the world is Facebook. With more than a billion users worldwide, the platform inevitably attracts scammers, hackers, and other criminals. Hackers can access a Facebook account in a number of ways. They might gain access to your sensitive personal information or use a phishing scheme. We’ve got you covered if you’re unfortunate enough to have your Facebook account compromised. In this article, we’ll explain how to report and get your Facebook account back, as well as provide you some crucial advice on how to keep your account safe.
How to Know If Your Facebook Account is Hacked or Compromised?
There are various indicators that your Facebook account has been hacked or otherwise compromised. You must first determine whether unauthorized access has been granted to your Facebook account. To accomplish it, take the following actions:
- Go to your Facebook profile and click on the hamburger menu at the top-right.
- Go to Settings and head to Security and Login. You will see an option to view the devices which are logged in to your Facebook account.
- If you see any device which looks suspicious, click on the ‘Not You? Log Out’ option.
That being said, there can also be other factors which suggest that your Facebook account is hacked or compromised. These might include:
- Your email address or password has been changed.
- Your name or birthday has been changed.
- Your account is sending friend requests to people you don’t know.
- There are posts on your profile which you didn’t create.
How to Report and Recover Your Facebook (FB) Account
Facebook allows you to report and recover your account if it is hacked or misused. Here’s what you need to do:
- Go to facebook.com/hacked.
- Choose an option from the list of reasons provided. Once done, click on Continue.
- The page will take you to secure your account settings. Click on Get Started. The tool will analyse all the apps, password, email address, and more.
- Once this is completed, it will provide an option to change the password and review your email address.
- Click on Continue and follow the on-screen instructions to recover your Facebook account.
However, you will still need to recover it if the email address connected to your Facebook account is changed. Facebook sends a message with a unique link to your previous email address when your email address changes. To undo the email address change and safeguard your account, click that link.
How to Report a Facebook Account That is Impersonating You?
You may occasionally come across a Facebook profile that uses your name and photo to pose as you. What you should do if you or a buddy notice such an account is as follows:
- Go to the profile of the account that is impersonating you.
- If you cannot find it, search for it using the name or ask your friends to send the link of the profile.
- Click on the profile and then on the three dots on the cover photo.
- Tap on the Report button and follow the on-screen instructions to report the account impersonating you.