With over 2.7 billion users worldwide, Facebook without a doubt is one of the most widely spread and reached social media websites out there. Being a place where you could find and connect with friends, families as well as new acquaintances, this is a place where all that is possible based on the information and data you provide it with.
That being said, such personal information you provide online obviously may look quite lucrative for malware users online.
Either it is that or simply it is someone close to you who would want that information or access to your account to pull a prank or keep an eye on you, like your spouse or girl/boy-friend.
Be it any of the above reasons, getting hacked is obviously not going to be a good experience for anyone out there.
So, if you have any reasons to believe and doubt that your account is either unsafe or at risk of being hacked, then this article should definitely prove to be of some relief.
In the following article, I will list out some of the most Obvious Signs of Facebook accounts getting Hacked, as well as talk about ways on How to prevent Facebook accounts getting Hacked.
Top 6 signs That Tells your Facebook account Is hacked
Sign #1: Can’t log-in
The most obvious sign which indicates your account getting hacked or accessed from somewhere else, is when you are unable to access your account the usual way.
For example, if you have been accessing your Facebook account from your smartphone device all this time and somehow one day cannot access your account the usual way.
Then there is a high chance someone else might have managed to access your account from some other device or simply hacked into your account.
This can also happen when Facebook might come up with a new update or patch. But, in most cases it is either one of the above reasons.
To be sure if that is the case and your account has actually been accessed from somewhere else, you can follow either one of the two methods as shown below.
However, it is to note that trying out the below mentioned methods are only possible, if and only if you have managed to gain access to your account without completely being barred access to your account.
Sign #2: Check for Access Location
In order to check from where or which device your Facebook account has been logged in or accessed with, you can follow the steps as shown below:
- The very first thing you will need to do is obviously log into your Facebook account manually by feeding in your password and user ID.
- Once you have managed to gain access. Next, head to the Settings and Privacy option and click on it. For mobile users using the Facebook app, the Settings and Privacy option is most probably a gear icon located on the Menu option.
- Next, under Settings option, go to and click on the Security and Login option.
- Then, scroll down to the Where You’re Logged in part to view from where and what device your account has been accessed both in the past as well as present.
- If you see a suspicious device or location on the device from where access has been gained, simply click on it and select the Log out option. This way Facebook will automatically log you out from the suspicious device.
- Once that is done, it is highly recommended and advised that you right away change your profile password to a new and more secure one.
Sign #3: Check your Account’s Activity Log
The other method with the help of which you can find out whether anything suspicious is going on with your account or not is by checking your Activity logs.
This way if there is someone else using your account apart from you, then you can see all the activities done by that other person over at the Activity logs.
- Firstly, go to your Account’s Settings option as we did earlier in the case of Access Location.
- Once you are inside the Settings option menu. Next, head to and click on the Your Facebook Information as shown in the screenshot below.
- Then, on the Right-hand side panel, go to and click on the View option besides the Activity Log option as can be seen from the screenshot above.
- Next, from the list of options available to you, select and check for whatever recent activities were carried out with your account.
If the log information does not match with what you had expected, then there is a good chance that your account has already been compromised. And if so, then it is strongly advised that you log out from any such unknown device as you did previously and change your password to a brand new one.
Sign #4: Malware Problem on your PC
Malware attacks have been a problem since ages. If somehow you have been compromised to a Malware attack or a file such as a Key Logger or a RAT script. There is a high chance that your Facebook Log-in information has been compromised all this while.
And hence, it is very important to keep in mind that you should always keep your Anti-virus softwares updated and have a regular scanning of your device on which you most often log into your Facebook account.
Moreover, it is advised that you stick to a single device at a time when logging into your social media accounts.
This is because some other device of a friend or family which you might be using just for a while to access your account might already be compromised and this in turn will keep your data vulnerable as well.
Sign #5: Changes in Profile Information
If you see that your personal information which you had provided earlier got changed somehow. Then there too you have a high possibility of your account being hacked or already compromised.
In such cases, it is best to just change your password to a new one and also set up a more robust security system as have been explained later on in the following article at the very end.
Sign #6: Random posts on your wall
Having random posts getting posted on your Facebook wall is a very common and typical sign of your account being hacked. So, when you see suspicious posts getting uploaded on their own, then you can be sure that your account has already been compromised.
Sign #7: Following unknown people or pages
Well, this can most often go unnoticed, specially when the pages or people followed by the hacker are not very suspicious and rather very common.
Just like me, I am pretty sure there are hardly a few people out there who actually keep a record of who or what pages they are following.
However, if it is something which is completely random and suspicious at the same time. And you are absolutely sure that it or the person is something or someone, you could never have followed.
Then there is a high chance that your account has been hacked. Or if not hacked, then at least being used by someone else who has access to your account.
Sign #8: Suspicious Messages from Friends or from You
When a hacker wants to gain access to your account, he or she obviously won’t do it directly. Because then, it would just seem quite obvious.
They will either try to lure you into their trap through an account which is familiar to you or someone close to you. In most cases, it is always the account of your friends or family, whose account they have already managed to gain access to.
These messages mostly consist of suspicious links to other websites as well as downloadable apps, which if clicked on will download itself onto your system and then send crucial data from your system to that of the hacker.
How to prevent your Facebook account from getting hacked
Well, once you are sure and convinced that your Facebook account has been compromised. The next thing you would want to know is how to fix it. Right?
The following section covers just that. From ways on how to fix the issue of vulnerability to making your facebook account highly secured, I have tried to cover it all.
But, before we go to the part where we discuss the methods on how to secure your account. It is advised that you try to get into the head of a hacker yourself and look at things from your perspective to be able to prevent such a situation from ever happening in the future.
Like they say, “It takes a thief to catch a thief”. Similarly, once you know and understand how a hacker thinks and sets out his or her trap, it would be easier for you to dodge them and prevent such things from happening in the future.
The following article on, “How to Hack someone’s Facebook Without Knowing the Password and Email?”, talks well about the various methods involved in how to hack as well as how someone can get hacked. Learning about them will give you a good idea on what to prevent and what to look out for to be safe and keep your account secured.
As for the methods with the help of which you can boost up your account’s security. They are as follows:
- For all the methods, the very first thing you will need to do is head to the Settings option as you had done earlier in the case of Checking your Access location and Activity logs.
Method #1: Setting up Two-Factor Authentication
- Once you are logged into your account and inside the Settings option menu, the next thing you will need to do is go to and click on the Security and Login option.
- Under the Security and Login option, go to the Two-Factor Authentication option and click on the Edit button under Use Two-Factor authentication section as shown below.
- Then, from the list of various authentication methods, you can choose either one or all of the listed methods as can be seen from the screenshot below.
method #2: Setting up alerts for Unrecognized logins
Another way with the help of which you can keep track of any kind of unauthorized or suspicious login attempts made to your account is by setting up alerts to notify you whenever such an attempt is made.
For this simply follow the steps as shown below:
- Under the Security and Login option menu itself, you will need to scroll down and click on the Edit button for the “Get alerts about unrecognized logins” option as can be seen from the screenshot below.
- Then, simply check mark the Get Notifications option and feed in the email ID where you would want the notifications sent.
- Once that is done, click on the Save Changes option and you should be able to get notified whenever such an attempt is made anytime in the future.
Method #3: Setting up Choosing friends to contact on getting locked out
Although this method does not really seem like a typical Security Set-up. It is, however, a very important procedure needed to retrieve your account, if somehow you have been locked out of your Facebook account and have no other way to access it.
- Similar to all the cases as seen above, here too you will need to first head to the Security and Login option menu under Settings.
- Under Security and Login menu, scroll down and click on the Edit button for Choose 3 to 5 friends option under Setting up Extra Security tab.
- Next, click on the Choose Friends option and then feed in the profile names of the friends who could send you the code or URL from Facebook if you were ever locked out.
- Once you have entered the IDs of your trusted friends, click on the Save button to save your changes.
Hence, in this way by following all the ways and techniques as shown above. You can finally set up a more secure Facebook account and at the same time prevent such things from happening as well.
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