Has Your Facebook Account Been Hacked? Here is How to Recover & Protect it

  • A silhouette image of people using the Facebook application.
    A silhouette image of people using the Facebook application.
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  • The social media space has become increasingly prone to attacks from hackers who have devised nifty measures to deceive online users. 

    Recently, Facebook has become the breeding ground for hackers who want to test their dubious skills to outwit unsuspecting users of the social media network. A new scam involves tagging multiple users to entice them to click on the malicious links. 

    Once clicked, the users' accounts is at risk of being hacked as the malicious link collects all important information about it including passwords. Various media personalities and influential personalities have highlighted how they have fallen prey to the scam, noting that the links often appear as news articles or video feeds.

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    File Image of Facebook Logo
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    On the other hand, some users are enticed to click on a link in order to watch obscene videos, which leads to sites that obtain personal information through what is known as phishing. 

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Senior Software Engineer and Computer Security Analyst, Thomas Omweri, noted that Facebook users often click out of curiosity without taking precaution. 

    He added that this leads to the majority of people falling victim to phishing websites. 

    "A hacker really knows that the mind of a website user is not sophisticated. So, they dupe so many users by enticing them with a few clicks. Before the user is cognizant of the matter, the hackers have retrieved the personal data," he noted. 

    He added that third-party apps have taken advantage of the users' nonchalant behaviour by requesting log-in details in order to access certain features. 

    "We have many apps seeking to be integrated into the social platforms, but they often request permission and login details before giving results. In most cases, users accept such terms without reviewing their actions," Omweri added.

    The rise in cases of hacking has caused a global uproar after multiple incidents were reported. In April 2022, a spokesperson from Facebook advised users not to click on malicious links and refrain from providing any personal details online. 

    “We encourage people not to open any suspicious links or messages, and to use our reporting tools if they see any suspicious activity or content that violates our Community Standards,” he advised.

    Remedy

    For users who suspect that their accounts were hacked, Facebook has deployed a step-by-step procedure to recover and secure them. 

    Review your timeline in order to take note of any suspicious activity. This may include; the change of the email address or password, change of profile details such as name or birthday, friend requests from unknown accounts, sent messages that you did not write and posts or ads that you didn't create. 

    Visit Facebook(dot)com(forward slash)hacked in order to secure your account.

    Facebook will ask you to change your password and review recent login activity.

    Log out of all sessions.

    Report the suspicious activities to the service provider, in this case to Facebook.

    Further, secure your account by enabling two-factor authentication and using strong passwords. 

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    An undated photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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