How You’ll Know Your Facebook Has Been Hacked

You can imagine my surprise when I tried to access my Facebook account two days ago and was prompted with a screen saying that my account had been locked out because there had been too many unauthorized attempts to access my account. My Facebook account had been hacked. What can you do when faced with this same tragedy? Luckily, Facebook has several security measures in place to help you restore your account and get back to sending messages to your friends again in no time.

All is not lost if you log-in to your account and get the same screen I got. I was more worried about other accounts I have that use the same user name and same password. The first screen basically states that Facebook needs to verify that you are the correct user for the account. So you have to click a button to proceed to the next screen. The next screen you will see will show you the internet address and the location of where someone was trying to access your account. In my case, I was shown a little pin on a Google map in Auckland, New Zealand. Facebook asked if this would have been me trying to log-in to my account from this location. Well, since I have never been to New Zealand it could not possibly have been me. So, I clicked the button that said something along the lines of this is not me.

Next, I was given the option of how I would like to identify myself as the proper owner of the account. I could either select an option of sending a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail account on file and then return to enter the activation code, or identify a series of pictures of my friends. The first option was pretty much never even an option. If my account had been hacked, how could I know if the person had already reset the e-mail account and the activation code would go to the knuckle head in New Zealand? I chose to try option two and identify pictures of my friends. It should be noted that you will be shown your friends pictures from their accounts and not pictures of them in your account. If you don’t think that you can recognize your friends from a photo line up then you need to select the first option of the activation code.

I was led through a series of nine different friends and I was able to identify all of them. Facebook granted me access to my account and I was immediately prompted to change my password. After changing my password, I was given instructions by Facebook to change the password on any other accounts that I may have that use the same username and password. That was the whole process. So be careful and I would suggest changing your password once a month to be safe.


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