How to protect your Facebook account from hackers

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For many of us, Facebook it is part of everyday life. This is where we interact with friends and colleagues, follow our favorite celebrities, and keep up with the latest news. Many of us see Facebook as an extension of ourselves, so having your Facebook account hacked can be beyond humiliating.

An account Facebook hacked can damage your reputation, expose private information or even cost you money. If you suspect your Facebook account has been hacked, the first thing to do is change your password. We will teach you how to protect your facebook account from hackers.



How to protect your Facebook account from hackers

  • Create a strong and secure password. Your Facebook password should be hard to guess, but easy to remember. Avoid including your name, date of birth, pets, or common words in your password.
  • The longer the password, the more difficult it will be to crack per the others. One way to create a strong password is to think of a long sentence or a series of words that you can remember, but no one would guess.
  • Always include numbers, a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, and symbols in your passwords. Aim for at least 10 characters.
  • Try making an acronym from a memorable line or song lyrics. For example, "I'm going to take my horse to the old city street" could be iGTMhtthotR9. Who would guess?
  • Don't use your Facebook password on no other website or app. You must have a different password for each service you use. For example, let's say you use the same password for Facebook that you use for TikTok. If your TikTok is hacked, the hacker can also access your Facebook account.

Use a password manager

As you create stronger and more unique passwords, it will be difficult to remember them all. There are many good password managers available that will encrypt and securely store your passwords so that you only need to remember one master password. Some popular options are LastPass, Dashlane and 1password.


  • You may even have a password manager built into your operating system. For example, if you have a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you can use iCloud Keychain for free.
  • Se you use a browser that saves your passwords, like Google Chrome, you'll be asked to enter a master password to display them in plain text. For Chrome, you will need to enter your Google password. If it's Microsoft Edge and you're using Windows 10, you'll need to confirm the default sign-in PIN or password.
  • Change yours Password once every six months. This goes for all of your passwords, not just Facebook. Set a reminder on your calendar if it's hard to remember.
  • Don't share your Facebook password with anyone. In fact, don't share any of your passwords with anyone. No one from Facebook or any other service will ever ask you for your password.

Use of Facebook's security features

Set up login alerts. Login alerts send you an alert (notification from Facebook , email and/or SMS) when someone accesses your account from an unrecognized location. If you get a login alert and it wasn't you who logged in, click or tap the It wasn't me link to instantly recover your account. Here's how to set up login alerts:

On a computer:

  • Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security.
  • Click Edit next to "Receive warnings about unrecognized logins".
  • Choose how receive notifications and click Save Changes.

From phone or tablet:

  • Open the Facebook app and tap the menu (the three horizontal lines) or the big F in the bottom center.
  • Scroll down and tap Settings and privacy.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Security & Login.
  • Tap Get alerts about unrecognized logins.
  • Choose how you want to receive alerts.

Enable two-factor authentication:

Two-way authentication factors gives your account an extra layer of security by requiring a security code when you log in from an unfamiliar browser. You can choose to receive this code via an SMS text message or via an authenticator app like Google Authenticator. Once you've set up two-factor authentication, you'll be given options to recover your account in case you lose access to your second device (your phone).



On a computer:

  • Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security.
  • Click Edit next to "Use two-factor authentication".
  • Select Use SMS and follow prompts to receive codes via SMS (the most common) and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Select Use authenticator app to use an authenticator app like Duo or Google Authenticator and follow the onscreen instructions.

Using a phone or tablet:

  • Open the Facebook app and tap the menu (the three horizontal lines) or the big F in the bottom center.
  • Go to Settings and Privacy > Settings.
  • Tap Security and access.
  • Tap Use two-factor authentication.
  • Touch Use SMS and follow prompts to receive codes via SMS (the most common) and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Touch Use authenticator app to use an authenticator app like Duo or Google Authenticator and follow the onscreen instructions.

Choose trusted contacts in case you lose access to your account

Trusted Contacts are friends who can help you get back to your Facebook account should you ever lose access. You should only choose people you truly trust to be a reliable contact. If you get into a fight with one of your trusted contacts, make sure you delete them as soon as possible, as they could try to hack into your account. To set up trusted contacts:

Using a computer:

  • Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security.
  • Click Edit next to "Choose 3-5 friends to contact if you get blocked."
  • Select Choose friends and follow the onscreen instructions.

Using a phone or tablet:

  • Open the Facebook app and tap the menu (the three horizontal lines) or the big F in bottom center.
  • Go to Settings and privacy > Settings > Security and access.
  • Tap Choose 3-5 friends to contact if they block you and follow the onscreen instructions.

See where you're logged in (and remotely log out)

The "Where are you online" section tells you which devices are currently connected to your Facebook account. If you think someone else is using your account, or you're signed in somewhere else (like at work or on a friend's computer), you can use it to remotely log out.



using a computer

  • Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security. This shows you a list of locations you're currently logged into near the top of the page.
  • Click See More to expand the list (if available).
  • To exit, click on the three vertical dots and select Exit. Or, if the session is not yours (if you think you have been hacked), select Not you? instead, and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Click on Exit all sessions to log out of all places where they are logged in.

Using a phone or tablet:

  • Open the Facebook app and tap the menu (the three horizontal lines) or the big F in the bottom center.
  • Go to Settings and privacy > Settings > Security and access.
  • Find the list of currently registered locations.
  • Tap See all if needed.
  • To exit a location, tap the three vertical dots and select Exit. Or, if you think you have been hacked, select Not you? and follow the screen

Check the list of recent emails from Facebook

If you accidentally deleted an email that Facebook sent you, or if your e-mail account has been hacked and you fear that the hacker has broken into your Facebook account, you can view a list of recent messages sent from Facebook.

using a computer

  • Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security.
  • Click View next to "View recent emails from Facebook." Security emails are on the front page; tap MORE EMAILS to see the different types of Facebook emails.
  • Click I didn't do this or Protect your account if needed.

Using a phone or tablet

  • Open the Whatsapp from Facebook and tap the menu (the three horizontal lines) or the big F in the bottom center.
  • Go to Settings and privacy > Settings > Security and access.
  • Tap View recent emails from Facebook.
  • Tap I didn't do this or Protect your account if needed.

Limit who can see your posts

If you've never specifically chosen an audience for your Facebook posts, consider sharing yours information publicly. When publishing a post to Facebook, you can click or tap the small dropdown menu above (mobile) or below (desktop) the write area to select an audience (Audience, Friends, etc). If you want to go back and limit your previous posts, here's how:

Using a computer:

  • Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=privacy.
  • Click Edit next to "Who can see your future posts?" to control your default post privacy.
  • Click on Limits past posts to change all public posts (or friends of friends) to friends only.
  • Click Check some important settings at the top of the page to run a privacy check and change other settings.

Using a phone or tablet:

  • Go to Settings and privacy > Settings > Privacy settings.
  • Tap Who can see your future posts? to control your default post privacy.
  • Toccata Limits who can see past posts to change all public posts (or friends of friends) to friends only.
  • Tap Check some important settings at the top of the page to run a privacy check and change other settings.
  • To see what yours looks like Profile to other people (computer or mobile), go to your profile, click or tap the three horizontal dots (…) at the top of the page, then select See as.

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