How to recover stolen Facebook account: Since this morning you are no longer able to access your account Facebook? Trying to login, do you receive an error message that warns you that the data entered are incorrect? Did a friend of yours just call you to ask for an explanation about the not very nice phrases you would have written in his diary? Get over it, your account was stolen!
Does this mean that you will have to say goodbye to your profile (and your privacy) forever and create a new one from scratch? Absolutely not! can recover the stolen Facebook account reporting the incident to the social network and starting the account recovery procedure. As if that weren’t enough, you can even take some security measures – like enabling two-factor authentication and notifications about unrecognized logins – to prevent someone from sneaking into your account again in the future.
Are you looking forward to getting your stolen Facebook account back and securing it? Well, then let’s not waste any more precious time and get right into the heart of this tutorial. Make yourself comfortable, take 5-10 minutes to read the information contained in the next paragraphs and implement the various “tips” that I will give you. I wish you happy reading and I wish you a big good luck for everything!
Recover a stolen Facebook account
If your Facebook account has been stolen, you must report the incident to the social network and start the account recovery procedure in order to regain control of it. For recover your stolen Facebook account, then visit the official page for reporting compromised accounts and follow the procedure you find below.
After clicking on the link I gave you a moment ago, you should see a box containing a message in which you are told to start the account recovery procedure if you believe that this has been compromised by another person or by a virus . To start the procedure in question, click on the blue button My account has been compromised and, in the text field Current or previous password, type the last login password you remember.
Next, indicate why you believe you have been the victim of a hacker attack by ticking one of the five options listed (I saw a post, message, or event on my account that I didn’t create; Someone else logged into my account without my permission; I found an account that uses my name or photos; People can see items in my account that I thought were private or I don’t see the right option on this list) and click the button Keep it going.
Once you have indicated why you believe your account was the victim of a cyber attack, click the button First steps and wait for the social network to analyze the recent activity that has been performed with your account. Then the actual account recovery procedure will be started which consists of 3 steps: the first consists in changing the password, the second in checking any apps that have recently been connected to the account, the third in verifying the activity recent accomplished on the profile.
To start the procedure, click on the button Keep it going and, in the form that is shown on the screen, reset the access key to your account by typing the Current Password it’s a New password that you have never used before in the homonymous fields (the new password must also be entered a second time in the text field Enter the new password again) and then clicking on the button Forward.
In the second step, you will be shown any “suspicious” applications linked to your Facebook account. If you didn’t add them, check their name and click the button DeleteOtherwise, if you do not find any apps that have not been connected by you, do not check any boxes and click on the button Skip.
In the third step, however, you will be shown the recent activity that has been done with your account. If you find some “likes” that you did not put yourself or if there are other types of “suspicious” activities, select them by putting the check mark next to them and then click on the button Delete. If, on the other hand, you do not find any “suspicious” activity, do not select anything and click on the button Skip.
At the end of the procedure, you will see the message “Operation complete!“. You have finally managed to recover your account and delete, as far as possible, the activities carried out by the identity thief with your account; you can then access the Facebook news feed by clicking on the blue button Access the News section.
How to avoid getting your Facebook account stolen
After having the unpleasant experience of having your account stolen, how about taking some security measures to secure it? Well then read on because in the next few paragraphs I will show you how using a secure password, enabling two-factor authentication and notifications for unauthorized access can raise the security level of your Facebook account.
Use a password that is strong enough
Use a password that is strong enough is the first step you need to take to secure your account. For this reason, when choosing the new password for your Facebook account, take into account the following suggestions.
- Use a long password – must consist of at least 15-20 characters to avoid being somehow “guessed” by some cybercriminal.
- Alternate numbers, letters and symbols – in this way the password will be difficult to guess and attackers will not be able to perpetrate attacks based on dictionaries.
- Do not enter personal data – the password must not contain any elements relating to you or your family. Therefore, avoid using your child’s name or the date of your wedding anniversary as a password: you risk giving an “assist” to anyone who would like to take over your account.
- Change your password often – changing the password at least once every two months is essential to reduce the chances of it being intercepted.
- Use different passwords for each account – by doing so, if someone manages to capture the password of your Facebook account, all other accounts will not be compromised.
- Keep your password in a password manager – there are no safer “places” than passwords. If you want to learn more about the use of some password managers, such as 1Password And LastPass, read the tutorial in which I talk about how to manage passwords.
Enable two-factor authentication
L’enabling two-factor authentication is another important way to protect your Facebook account from unauthorized access. Thanks to it, in fact, only you will be able to access your account since you will be asked to enter a second key, which you can generate with the Facebook app installed on your device or you can receive via SMS.
To enable two-factor authentication, connect to the Facebook login page, click on arrow located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. On the page that opens, select the item from the left sidebar Security and access and click on the button Edit placed next to the wording Use two-factor authentication.
Now, click on the link Configure which is next to the item Two-factor authentication is disabled, click on the button Activate in the box that appears on the screen and follow the guided procedure to complete the process. Easier than that ?!
From now on, whenever you log into your Facebook account from a new device or a new browser, you will need to generate or obtain a second key to use to log in. Your account is now much safer!
Enable notifications of unrecognized logins
Also activate the notifications for unrecognized logins can help you secure your account. Thanks to these notifications, in fact, you will know if someone has actually connected to your Facebook account and you can possibly “throw them out” before they do any damage.
If you want to activate notifications relating to unauthorized access, log into your Facebook account, click on the symbol of arrow located at the top right and, in the drop-down menu that opens, select the item Settings. Then click on the item Protection and accounts (left), click the button Edit located next to the item Receive alerts on unrecognized logins, check the options Receive notifications And Send access alerts via SMS to the number [tuo numero di cellulare] and finally click the button Save Changes.
As I mentioned earlier, if someone logs into your account without your authorization, you will receive a notification and you can immediately remedy the situation by closing active sessions (just click on the button Log out of all sessions from section Where are you logged in).
What to do in case of problems or doubts
Did you have trouble getting your stolen Facebook account back? Were you unable to enable one of the security systems listed above? In that case I recommend that you visit the Facebook help center in order to resolve the any problems or concerns that arose after reading my tutorial. You can find a comprehensive answer to your questions either by typing a query that identifies your problem in the search bar placed above that by reading one of the articles located in the section Popular topics.