As a Facebook user, protecting your Facebook account from hackers, scammers, prying eyes or unauthorized user is a most thing to do as long as you are still on Facebook. Here in this article, we will be talking about best tips on how to protect your Facebook account from hackers and by reading the article and following the tips, your Facebook account will be as secured as the White House unless you literally handover access to aforementioned committer.
Nowadays, hackers and scammers target Facebook accounts to use and carry out illegal practices and the motivating reason to do such is because Facebook is the biggest and most popular social network worldwide, with well over 2.7 billion active users monthly as of the second quarter of 2020. As at third quarter of 2012, the number of active Facebook users surpassed one billion, making it the first social network ever to do so.
Active users are those which have logged in to Facebook during the last 30 days. During the last reported quarter, the company stated that 3.14 billion people worldwide were using at least one of the company’s core products (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, or Messenger) each month. No wonder hackers and scammers see Facebook community as a place to carry out their evil plan for ill-gotten gains or the twisted satisfaction that some receive from wreaking havoc on a massive scale.
Secure Your Facebook Account From Scammers And Hackers
One might say it’s Facebook’s fault; well, it isn’t Facebook fault because the purpose of Facebook was to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
In order to prevent users account from getting hacked, they provide all the technical tools we need in order to keep our accounts safe and secured from hackers and scammers. While many users have taken advantage of the security measures put in place by Facebook to secure their account, most users are yet to do so.
How To Protect Your Facebook Account From Hackers
It is very easy to fall victim to miscreants on Facebook, and most users account have been hacked because the failed to secure it properly. From this article, you will learn step by step guide on how to protect your Facebook account from hackers on a technical level by following the simple instructions in this post.
1. Your Password:
Many users make the mistake of using 12345 as their Facebook password, or birth date, company name , phone number, name of best friend or that of family member. Now that is weak and careless because hackers and scammers start from such to attempt gaining unauthorized access to Facebook account. If you are one of those who uses such choice of password, its time to change your Facebook password.
To change your Facebook password, simply follow below guide to do so and ensure to use a password that cannot be easily guessed by any one.
a. Go to https://www.facebook.com if you are not logged in already and click on “forget password” which will lead you to a page you will input your email or phone number attached to your Facebook account for verification. After receiving verification code, input the code and proceed to change your weak password to a stronger one.
b. If you are already logged in, go to “settings & privacy” as seen from below image.
c. Now click on “settings” as indicated from below image.
d. The next thing to do after clicking “settings” is to click on “Security and Login” and then simply click on the “Change Password”
At the change password page, you will be asked to input your current password and the new password you will like to use. Simply input your current password and ensure to use a strong password for a new one to prevent hackers and scammers from guessing it right and then hack your account.
2. Be Smart:
The shrewed one sees danger and conceal himself but the inexperienced one goes right ahead and suffer the consequences. Never ever respond to a post on your wall, your news feed or in an instant message asking you to click a link to “verify your credentials”, “to make quick money” or to “provide your login details” or any other funny links.
Hackers and scammers uses such method to gain unauthorized access to people’s Facebook account and they depend on you to make that mistake so they can take over your account and use it to scam your friends, family members and others in your list.
Again, beware of clicking unfamiliar external links that show up in your news feed or on your wall, even if they appear to have been sent from a trusted friend. Once a hacker breaks into an account he/she can pose as that user, and it might be days or weeks before the fraudster is found out. If ever found, the damages done to your image and personality cannot be easily regained.
There is a hacking method called “Phishing”. As the name implies, phishing is the process of creating fake Facebook login page and hidden link and then attach the page with an eye catching article and images, mostly nude pictures and when you click on that link, it will say login to your Facebook to continue and when unsuspected user proceeds by inputting his/her logins details, the hacker on the other side receives the login details via the hidden email address attached to the phishing link. Once you fall victim to this method used by hackers, your account officially belongs to them.
3. Be aware of what your friends are sending out:
If you see a post from a “friend” that you feel is way out of character for them, chances are they didn’t really send it. If possible, contact that person in some way that doesn’t involve Facebook (call them, send them a regular email, etc.) and ask if it was indeed sent from them.
If not, recommend that they change their password immediately and take take the steps mentioned in this post to secure their account from hackers.
4. Avoid Apps & Games On Facebook:
As a popular platform with billions of active users, Facebook is a home to thousands of useful and legitimate apps and games that people use every day and night. Hackers and miscreants take advantage of this expansive catalog to trick users into enabling and using apps and games that are nothing more than fronts for scams.
5. Fake E-mails:
Always be suspicious of emails that appear to have been sent to you from Facebook. Remember we talked about phishing, never click a link from supposed Facebook that comes your way via an email. Instead, log in to your Facebook the usual way (by typing the URL into your browser manually or clicking a bookmark link), then look at your notifications to see if the event mentioned in the email really took place.
6. Use Facebook Two-Factor Authentication:
In order to further improve the security of users account on Facebook. The social network giant, Facebook previously implemented an extra layer of security known as two-factor authentication which further protects users account from hackers.
Two–factor authentication is an extra layer of security designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. That means even after inputing your correct login details, you will have to provide a 6-digit 2fA code that will be sent to the phone number on your Facebook account.
While many users have taken advantage of this security measures to tighten their Facebook account security, most users are yet to do so. If you are yet to activate or enable Two-Factor authentication on your account, follow below step by step guide to do so ASAP:
How To Activate Two-factor Authentication On Facebook
1. Login to your Facebook and go to “setting & Privacy” as seen from below image.
2. After clicking on settings & privacy, simply click on “Settings” as seen from below image.
3. Now select “Security and Login” as indicated from below image.
4. Now after entering security and login page, you will see Two-Factor Authentication. Simply click on “Use two-factor authentication” as it is from below image.
5. In Two-Factor-Authentication page, you will see “Select Security Method”. You either select “Authentication APP” method or Text Message (SMS) method. Which ever you choose, its good because with both you can get a 6-digit code when ever you login your Facebook.
6. After selecting “Text message (sms)” method in step 5, you will be asked to choose the phone number you attached to your Facebook account as seen from below image. Choose your phone number and click on continue to proceed… I concealed my number for privacy and security reasons….😂 😂
7. Now, after selecting your phone number in step 6, you will be asked to input your password for security reasons and also confirmation that the account belongs to you. After puting your password, click on continue. Facebook will automatically send a 6-digit 2fA activation code to your registered phone number. All you have to do is copy the code and paste it on the “enter the 6 digit code space” and proceed.
8. Granted you have followed above simple steps to enable two-factor-authentication security on your Facebook account. Your account is now fully secured and no one can hack it and take it away from you.
What Other thing Can I Do To Keep My Facebook Account Secured?
While aforementioned steps to prevent your Facebook account from getting hacked is very important and necessary, there are other fine tips or good practices to ensure your secured Facebook account stays the way it is.
7. Friend Request:
Be very careful about accepting friend requests from people you don’t know. While there are reasons for accepting friend requests from strangers on occasion (common interests, people from back home, etc.), those requests should always be given an extra amount of scrutiny before being accepted. Here are a few things to look out for:
a. How old is the account? If it was created within the last week or less, I recommend ignoring the friend request unless it came from someone you know personally AND you know they recently opened an account.
b. If there is any doubt, you can verify the account’s legitimacy by sending the person a private message and asking them a question that you know they (and not a random hacker) should be able to answer. If they cannot answer a question they obviously should know the answer to, it’s a pretty safe bet the account is fraudulent.
c. Look out for the photos in the gallery. Do they appear to be photos that would be taken in the normal course of life or were they possibly “jacked” from some other place on the Internet such as a stock image site or from another person’s account? Be especially wary if the photos tend to be revealing pics of a member of the opposite sex.
d. Look at the person’s timeline post, what does it say? how long has it been posted, how many likes and comments does the post have? One may feel it does not matter, it matters if you don’t want your Facebook account o be hacked.
e. The friend request, did it come from a person you are already friends with on Facebook? If so, the new friend request was likely sent from a cloned or fake account. To ensure its safe before you accept, confirm from that your friend via phone call or message the original account.
It is interesting to note that hackers and scammers target Facebook accounts that is active and has lots of friends, or the account owner has an actives Facebook page(s) or groups with thousands of likes and active group members. But that does not mean they don’t target the lesser accounts also.
There is actually a scam making the rounds right now in which scammers are cloning real user accounts if they cannot hack it and then using them to “friend” the real account’s existing friends and then using the fake accounts to scam those folks in some way. My friends have been a victim to this concept and they are many out there facing same.
At the onset of this article, i said your Facebook account will be as secured as the White House if you follow the tips from this article. While that is true, always ensure to log out your Facebook from a friend’s device or that PC you used that is not yours, it helps too.
I hope this few tips on how to prevent your Facebook account from hackers; helps you stay safe as you go about your business or pleasure on Facebook.