There are several different ways hackers use a breached Facebook account. Automatic logins through Facebook allow hackers access to many different site accounts once they’ve taken over your Facebook. Spammers also hack Facebook accounts to gain access to your following. From your profile, a hacker can additionally gather a lot of personal information about you that can be used to steal your identity.
If you worry that your account has been hacked, there is a simple way to check. Go to the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on it. In the menu, select Settings. A new menu will pop up. Choose Security and then Where You’re Logged In.
A list of all of the devices that you’ve logged into and their locations will pop up. If there is a login you don’t recognize, chances are you may have been hacked. If you see anything that isn’t you, click End Activity on the right side of the log to end the session. The hacker will be logged out, temporarily.
Some other ways to tell if your account has been hacked are:
Once you click on End Activity, change your password right away. Next, get Facebook’s help. Facebook has a system to help you if you’ve been hacked.
Go to the Facebook help page, click on I think my account was hacked or someone is using it without my permission, and then click on secure it. Facebook will take you to a page where you log in and then go about the steps to securing your account.
Facebook is jam-packed with security features, you just need to activate them. Go to the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page, click it and select Settings. From there:
With these steps, your Facebook account is much more difficult for a hacker to get into and much easier to recover if it is ever compromised. Now, just set your password as a random set of numbers, letters and symbols to add a final layer of security.