Okechukwu Solomon June 25, 2018 Technology
I Don't know how you use to feel when you see an Error message Saying "Incorrect Username or Password". As for me I feel So Angry And Disappointed #GRRRRR!. So without much words, lets get to the business.
Steps to recover a Hacked Facebook Account
There are two scenarios: either the hacker will just keep track of your activity silently or he/she will kick you out of your account and change the account credentials to lock you out of your account. Here’s what you need to do in any scenario:
Change password and gain back access to your account
In case the hacker has changed your Facebook password and you are locked out, you can easily recover it using your email address connected to your Facebook account. On Facebook login page, click on the Forgotten Account? button.
In the next page, you need to help Facebook find your account . To do so, you can enter your email, phone number (if attached), username or you can even use your full name to find and recover your account.
Once you have found your account, Facebook will show you multiple options to reset your password and gain back access. Here, you can either get a link to reset password to your email address or get a code on your phone to change the password. Use any of these options to easily reset password and gain back access.
It’s all easy, but the problem arises when you don’t have access to your email address (like if it’s hacked as well) and you didn’t add a phone number or don’t have access to it for some reason.
In that case, click on the No longer have access to these? button at the bottom in the password reset page.
In the next page, Facebook will recommend you to reset password for your email address and also provide you links to the sources of popular email services that can help you reset the password. Just like Facebook, I will also recommend you to try and reset password of your email address and gain access to it, as it’s the easiest way to gain back access to your Facebook account. However, if you can’t access your email by any means, then click on the “I cannot access my email account” button at the bottom.
Facebook will then ask you to enter any email address that you have access to, so that Facebook can contact you through it to resolve the issue. Enter your email address and click on “Continue”
In the next page, you need to provide an official Government ID or two non-Government IDs with your name, photo and date of birth clearly visible (must match your Facebook information). You can provide passport, national ID card, birth certificate and other similar documents that could prove your identity. To upload the document, take a picture of it or scan it and upload it using “Choose File” button. Once uploaded, Facebook will verify and help you recover your account using the email address you just gave to Facebook to connect with you.
Go through the security check
Now that you have recovered your account and have access to your hacked account, you need to ensure that your account doesn’t get hacked again. There are many ways to secure your Facebook account, but I will recommend you to use Facebook’s compromised account feature that should make you go through all your security options again, so that your account is never at risk again. Don’t worry, it’s an automatic process and doesn’t involve you personally talking to Facebook support.
First, go to Facebook’s Report Compromised Account (www.facebook.com/hacked) page and click on “My Account is Compromised ” (make sure you are already logged in).
Then, Facebook will let you enter your current password or the old password to continue. Make sure you enter your current password and not an old one, the old one will just start the password recovery process that we went through above.
Once entered, click on “Get Started” and Facebook will make you go through 4 steps to secure your account. While doing so it will also log you out of all the devices and will not allow you to use Facebook without going through these processes. The processes are explained below:
1. Change Password: Just create a new password that is strong and contains letter, numbers and characters. You can
use a Password Manager to help remember it.
2. Get Rid of Recently Added Apps: A hacker may add an app that could be used for spamming or showing ads even when you have taken control of the account. If you see any apps here that you did not add, simply remove it.
3. Remove Recent Activity: This will show all your recent activity and let you remove the ones that were not done by you.
4. Setup Login Alerts: When this is set up, you will get a notification whenever someone accesses your account from a different browser or device. This is the perfect way to ensure that you always know what is happening with your account.
The above process should be enough to recover your hacked Facebook account totally while ensuring the hacker doesn’t strike again. However, Facebook security isn’t limited to just this, so read.
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