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What to do if your Facebook Account is Hacked? Follow These Steps!

People are using Facebook for tons of different purposes. It has become so addictive that some users have only subscribed to the internet to stay updated with whatever is going on on Facebook! Many suffer from FOMO, and therefore they hate to miss out on anything. To be honest, I’m guilty of using my Facebook due to different types of cyber attacks.

With such popularity, Facebook has become prone to unpleasant incidents. Some of which are cyberbullying, trolling, hacked accounts, and so on. Out of all these, hacking incidents are, particularly on the rise. Find out what to do if ever your Facebook account gets hacked.

How can I recover my old Facebook account – 4 Scenarios

Not only it is possible to recover your hacked account, but it is also fairly easy. You just have to follow a few important steps. However, once you realize someone else is handling your account, be quick about recovering it. Also, once you get your account back, make sure you take better security measures.

  1. Hacker Changes Your Password
  2. Linked Email not Accessible
  3. Email & Password Changed
  4. Security Updates

Let’s figure out various reasons and procedures regarding your Facebook account recovery.

1. When the Hacker Changes Your Password

It is perhaps the most common type of hacking. The hacker changes the password of the account and the actual user is unable to access it. The good news is that recovering such accounts is relatively easier. Skim through the following steps:

  • Since the linked email address is still the same, you can go to the option of “forgot password” on the login page.
  • Another page will open where you will have to enter your email address, username, or phone number.
  • You can choose to enter any of the aforementioned options.
  •  Once you enter the required info, Facebook will fetch the relevant profile.
  • Once you recognize your specific account, enter your mobile number or email address.
  • When you click “Continue”, you will receive a recovery code on the chosen recovery option.
  • Enter the code and reset your password. You have your account back!

2. When You Can’t Access Your Linked Email

Some hackers go a little far and do their homework. Along with the Facebook profile, they also hack your linked email. If this happens, follow the following steps:

  • Go to the “forgot password” option and follow the same procedure as mentioned before.
  • When the dialogue box appears to reset your password, click the option that says “no longer have access to these.”
  • Then you will get some extended recovery options. These options will depend on how old is your Facebook account.
  • Older accounts have the “Security question” option that can help in account recovery.
  • Newer accounts have the “trusted contacts” option.
  • Simply enter your associated email address and click the option “reveal my trusted contacts.”
  • Enter the name of any one of them. Facebook will send a link to your trusted friend.
  • Since only they can access them, tell them to click it and get you the provided security code.
  • You can now recover your account by entering that code.

3. Email and Password Both are Changed

In this case, the chances of recovery are a little low. However, there are procedures to follow in the said situation. You can either recover your profile via your old email address or mobile number.

  • Go to the “forgot password” option. When the recovery options appear, go for the option that says “mobile number.”
  • By entering your mobile number, you will receive a text message from Facebook. It will have the security code.
  • Enter the code to the dialogue box.
  • You can easily set a new password for your account.
  • You can also do it with a notification to change the email address.
  • Once that’s done, you will get an email on your previous email with a notification about that change.
  • When the email is hacked, choose the option, “if you did not do this, please secure your account”.
  • Facebook will offer a variety of recovery options according to security and account.
  • Provide your government ID if required, and after verification, your account will be reactivated.
  • Using your date of birth can also help you recover your account.

4. Facebook Security Updates

Facebook published new security updates recently. If none of the aforementioned methods works for you, you can use this. You can reset your password via the device that you mostly use Facebook on. It wouldn’t require much verification.

  • Use the device you mostly use to log-in and out of Facebook and for your updates and activities.
  • If you have been using Facebook on the same iPhone for two years, use it to reset your password or recover it.
  • If Facebook successfully recognizes your device, you can reset your password without having to verify yourself.

A service known as Identity Verification was also launched by Facebook. You can send the ID issued by the government to confirm your identity. Once you have sent your ID, you will receive a response from Facebook in 1-3 days. They will help you to recover your account.

Check out the steps:

  • Go to this link.
  • You need to fill the sections in this form and attach your ID.
  • Send it to Facebook and wait for their response about your account recovery.

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