We’ve all got a million things on our mind these days and it’s not uncommon for us to become forgetful at the most inopportune moments.
One of the most frequent memory lapses many of us experience is when we’re logging onto our online accounts. I don’t know what it is, but remembering that password — whether it’s comprised of letters, numbers, special symbols are some combination therein — can be one of the most difficult things to do.
And what happens when we put the wrong password in there multiple times? We get locked out of our account!
Facebook has created an easy way for us to regain access of our accounts when we’ve forgotten the password or otherwise gotten locked out. It’s called the “Trusted Contacts” feature.
Here how it works: You can choose among your Facebook friends some trusted contacts that can securely send you a recovery code. This is what you’ll use to get back into your account.
While the process involves you following a number of steps, your trusted contacts have some responsibility, as well. The main thing is that they must make sure that it’s actually you before handing over those security codes. Once you enter the codes, you’ll get access to your account.
To add a measure of security, once you choose your trusted contact(s), Facebook will notify them, so that they know what and who it’s for in the case you ever need the security codes. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to pick your contacts:
- In Facebook, go to your Security and Login Settings
- Scroll down to where it says “Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you get locked out” and click “Edit.”
- Click “Choose friends“ and enter the names of people you wanted as your trusted contacts.
- Go to the login page and click Forgot account?
- Access your profile by entering your full name, username, email or phone number and click Search. If you don’t have access to any of the above, you will have to enter a new email or phone number. That’s what Facebook will use to reach you. This is what that screen looks like below.
Once you enter your new email or phone number, that will take you to a page that says “Ask Your Trusted Contacts For Help.” This is what it looks like below.
- Click “Reveal My Trusted Contacts” and type the full name of one of them.
- Each one of your contacts will give you a recovery code.
- Use the security codes from your trusted contacts to access your account.
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More than two billion people use Facebook to connect with their loved ones, friends, and colleagues, share details of their lives through photos and videos, do a livestream, find good deals, and even run businesses on it.
With all this data uploaded to the platform, Facebook has taken steps to protect it by increasing security measures and enforcing guidelines more strictly than before. Unfortunately, this has led to some users being locked out of their Facebook accounts, and they’re not sure how to unlock them to continue using or accessing the service.
However, what most people don’t know is that Facebook can disable or lock your account at any given time, restrict your activity even while logged in, or keep you from accessing your account altogether.
Why You’re Locked Out Of Your Facebook Account Is Locked
- You’re logged in on multiple devices, which signals to Facebook that your account may have been hacked.
- Facebook may think that you’ve violated one or more of its rules.
- You may have received a phishing message that misdirected you to a fake ‘Facebook’ website, and you logged in. When this happens, the cybercriminal may use your credentials to access your Facebook account, and Facebook detected and flagged the activity.
- Someone reported your account as fake and requested for its removal, reported your content as abusive, or marked it as spam. Facebook automatically flags your account in such cases while investigating the reported content or account.
- Your account appears to pose a security threat, which can range from general suspicious activity to promoting, illegal content, harassing other users, unsolicited contact, inappropriate or spam advertising and more.
- Joining too many groups. Facebook limits users to a maximum of 200 groups, and if you go beyond that your account may be locked or disabled.
- If you posted too many messages on someone’s wall or group, it may be considered spam, especially if posted within a very short time span.
- If you’re under age and not part of a High School group.
- You have sent out too many friend requests to others beyond the maximum limit of 5,000, though this is rare.
- In some cases, malware, which prompts you to scan your computer, may signal to Facebook that your account has either been hacked or there’s some suspicious activity. Check out our guide on nine tips to use for better privacy on Facebook privacy.
How To Access a Locked Facebook Account
If you’re sure your Facebook account is clear of all the above reasons, and you think it has been locked or disabled by mistake, reach out to them directly so that your concerns are adequately addressed.
You can also complete and submit an online form and Facebook will investigate the issue. However, Facebook doesn’t guarantee that you’ll receive a quick response within a specific time, so you may have to wait for a response from them, which could take several weeks.
If you got locked out of your Facebook account because you forgot the email address or password you used when creating your account, you can recover or reset your account provided you have some information like your email or phone number.
If you prefer to reset your account, you’ll need to answer your security question that you picked when you created your account, which will prove to Facebook that you’re who you say you are.
Alternatively, you can pick a friend on Facebook that you trust and give them the nominated URL and retrieve a security code. Enter this code and once you’re done with any of these security checks, your account will still be visible but you’ll have to wait at least 24 hours before trying to access it again.
How Tto Avoid Your Facebook Account Getting Locked Again
We’ve looked at some of the major reasons why your Facebook account can be locked or disabled, but sometimes it may happen without warning so you won’t have control over it. Here are a few things you can do to avoid getting locked out from your account again:
- Limit the number of friend requests you send out
- Read and adhere to Facebook’s terms and conditions
- Limit the number of posts you make within a short span
- If you’re using Facebook for business marketing, add other social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and others to your marketing strategy, and build a fan base on them
- Don’t click on links from emails that purport to be from Facebook as they may misdirect you to phishing sites and cybercriminals could easily hack your account with your credentials
- Use a reputable antivirus or security software that can nuke any malware or virus
Get Your Social Life Back
Getting locked out of your Facebook account can be frustrating because you’ve probably shared a lot about your personal life, which you may not get back if you can access your account. We hope you now know how to gain back access to your account using the ways listed above, and keep yourself from getting shut out again.
If you intend to leave Facebook altogether, we have a guide on how to download and delete your data from Facebook and permanently close your account by deleting your Facebook pages, groups, and accounts.
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Online services are becoming increasingly concerned with security, with two-factor authentication now being the flavor of the day. Extra security at login is great, but what if you forget your password? Facebook’s Trusted Contacts can help out here.
Phone a Friend
You may feel that you would never forget your Facebook password — you probably enter it at least once a day — but what happens if you take a Facebook sabbatical, or your account is hacked and your password is changed?
There are already methods by which you can request a forgotten password, but Trusted Contacts gives you another option. Pick between three and five friends you trust and should you find yourself locked out of your account, you can call on them to help you regain access.
When the need arises, Facebook will send security codes to the friends you have chosen and at least three of these codes need to be communicated to you so you can unlock your account. Here’s how to go about getting it all set up.
Configure Trusted Contacts
Trusted Contacts is something that has to be set up in advance — it is prevention rather than cure. Log into your Facebook account, click the gear icon to the upper right of the page and select Account Settings.
Click the Security link to the left and then click the Trusted Contacts link to the right followed by Choose Trust Contacts.
Read through the popup that appears — it just gives a brief overview of how Trusted Contacts works — and then click the Choose Trusted Contacts button.
Type the name of someone you would like to use as a Trusted Contact, select their name from the popup list and repeat for a total of three to five friends or contacts.
When you have done this, click Confirm and then re-enter your account password when prompted to do so.
This list of people can be changed whenever you feel the need. Just head back to the Trusted Contacts section of your account settings.
Click the Edit link to remove and add individuals from the list, or use the Remove All link to start from scratch.
There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding who to choose as a trusted contact. Remember that you’ll need to be able to contact them when you are locked out of Facebook, so don’t choose anyone you only know through the social network and do not have other contact details for.
When called upon, trusted contacts will need to be able to log into their own Facebook account, so don’t choose someone who is often away, doesn’t always have access to a computer or who may have trouble getting online.
Regaining Account Access
Should you find yourself locked out of your Facebook account for any reason, this is when you can make use of your Trusted Contacts list. At the Facebook login screen, click the ‘Forgotten your password?’ link and then enter your name, username, email address or phone number to identify yourself.
If you’re making use of Trusted Contacts, it is to be assumed that you do not have access to your backup email account or phone to use as a means of account recovery. Assuming Facebook has correctly identified you, click ‘No longer have access to these?’ and click Continue.
You will now need to provide another email address or phone number that Facebook can use to send you recovery details.
Get in touch with your trusted contacts and tell them to visit https://www.facebook.com/recover where they will be given a PIN – you will need to enter the full name of one of your contacts first in order to reveal the full list.
When they visit the link, your friend will first be told that you need help accessing your account.
In a vague attempt to prevent fraudulent use, they will then have to confirm that they have spoken to you and verified that someone else is not abusing Trusted Contacts in a bid to access your account.
Once this has been done, a code will be shown which needs to be communicated to you.
When you receive the codes from your friends, enter them in the boxes at the bottom of the page and click Continue.
Assuming the correct codes have been entered, you’ll then be given the chance to reset your password and regain access to your account.
Every week, I get emails from viewers saying they’ve been hacked on Facebook:
“Last week my Facebook account that I’ve had for 15 years was hacked. The person changed my password, phone”
“The problem is the hacker changed my email and phone number so Facebook doesn’t recognize the information I’m putting into the system”
“I’d like to know if you can assist or recommend someone for a remedy of a locked out Facebook account. I’ve had this account for nearly 12 years and believe it might have been hacked.”
It’s a troubling trend, and once you’re locked out, getting your account back can be frustrating and time consuming.
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I contacted Facebook to learn about the ways hackers get access and to find out the best ways to protect your account.
“We take this very, very seriously. We have 2.7 billion people on the platform, and we recognize that this is always going to be an issue because people always want to take advantage of other people which is unfortunate but that’s the reality,” explained Robert Traynham, head of public affairs for Facebook.
Robert Traynham, Facebook
The surprising way hackers gain access to many Facebook accounts? Through your email account.
First, they’ll get access to your email because of a weak password, then do a password reset on Facebook and begin to reclaim the account as theirs. From there, they can message your friends, gain access to your personal information and more.
Facebook didn’t give me specifics on why hackers want access but said they could do damage with the information gained from personal accounts.
The number one thing you can do to protect your Facebook account: Turn on Two Factor Authentication.
Once it’s on, your account will require two things to log in: your password along with an additional one-time code, which is texted to your phone or generated by an app like Authy, Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator.
To do it, on mobile, open the Facebook app and tap Menu. Scroll down and tap Settings. Scroll down and tap Security and Login. Tap Set up two-factor authentication and follow the instructions. If you see a green lock symbol at the top of the screen, you’re already set up and good to go!
On desktop, go to Facebook and click the down arrow near the upper right-hand part of the screen. Next, click Settings & Privacy. Click Settings. Now, look towards the left part of your screen and click Security and Login. Finally, click where it says Set up Two Factor Authentication and follow the prompts.
Another security feature to turn on is Facebook’s Trusted Contacts feature. It uses your friends to help you regain access to your account if you’re ever locked out.
Finally, if you do get locked out of your account, the first place to go is facebook.com/hacked.
There, you’ll submit what happened and answer questions about your account and potentially submit identification so Facebook can help give you back rightful access. Just be aware, not only can it take a while, but you might also not regain access at all.
“It may take some time, asking for your patience, the reason why it may take some time is we’re doing a lot of homework behind the scenes,” Traynham.
I talked to Arcadia real estate agent Pamela Del Rey about her experience getting hacked on Facebook.
“To lose access to all those memories, you don’t realize how important that stuff is,” said Del Rey.
With my help, she was eventually able to get her account back.
“The lesson I learned is I should have listened to you when you said set up all the different security parameters that you can, and I hadn’t set up any of them,” said Del Rey.
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Recently Facebook has taken steps to increase security and enforce guidelines more strictly; the consequence has been an increase in closed accounts. Here is what to do if your Facebook account is locked or disabled.
Note: Unfortunately, not all accounts can be unlocked due to Facebook's guidelines.
Can you recover your account?
What reasons for disabled Facebook accounts?
If one of your friends accidentally reported some of your content as either abusive or marked it as spam, Facebook will automatically flag your account while it investigates the reported content. It is also possible that another user has reported your account as fake and requested that your account be removed.
Read Facebook's Terms and Community Standards carefully to avoid any accidental issues.
If you believe that your account has been disabled by mistake, you may appeal Facebook's decision by completing an online form. Once submitted, Facebook will investigate the issue. Keep in mind that requests are not guaranteed within a certain time span — you may find yourself waiting for several weeks before receiving a response.
Facebook takes its security measures very seriously, so if an account appears to pose any sort of security threat, the system will automatically flag it for review, therefore disabling user access. Other reasons can include any of the following cases: creation of an account under a false identity, promoting illegal content, unsolicited contact, harassment of other users, inappropriate or spam advertising, or general suspicious activity.
What additional documents do you need?
If Facebook suspects that you have two accounts or that you have created an account under a false name, you may receive a message that reads: Unfortunately, you won't be able to access your account while we're reviewing these additional documents. We appreciate your patience, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. If this is the case, you will be asked to submit additional documents to help Facebook verify your identity.
You can read more on which type of documents Facebook accepts, how to upload your document, why you must upload proof, and what happens to your document after you have uploaded it by reading Facebook's official Help page.
When uploading your documents, take care to cover up any confidential information (e.g. your license or passport number) to lessen the risk of identity theft. All documents should be clearly scanned, with your name, birthday, and photo properly displayed.
Once your documents are scanned and saved to your computer, head back to the contact form, click Upload, and select the file containing your ID. Remember that Facebook may take several weeks to respond to your request. Also note that, if you have created your Facebook account under a false ID, or if the name of your account does not match exactly the name on your documents, you will not be able to recover your account.
What are some additional tips to recover your account?
Here are some tips on how to restore access to a locked or disabled Facebook account. Please note that account recovery time may vary depending on the reason for a locked account.
Accounts deemed as pirated, phished, or compromised can be disabled by Facebook. If this is the case, you can proceed in one of two ways: by cleaning up your browser or by going through an additional verification process.
To restore your Facebook account, you can try avoiding making any attempt to open your Facebook account for 96 hours. Also, clear your browser cache, and delete your cookies. In some cases, this may be enough to restore account access.
If your login attempts still fail, you can also go through an additional automated security verification process. One way to do this is by confirming your mobile number by asking Facebook to send a code via text message to your phone that you can enter online. Another method is to verify your friends by identifying them in random photos in which they are tagged. If successful, you will be greeted with a congratulatory message and will regain access to your account.
How to prevent your account from getting locked?
There is no exact science that can ensure access to your account at all times, but there are a few measures that you can take to prevent your account from being locked, flagged, or disabled.
Our first recommendation would be to review Facebook's Terms and to observe the Community Standard Rules. Again, any deviation from these rules is often quickly flagged and could result in an investigation into your account.
We also advise against the use of proxy servers or servers that use anonymous IP addresses in order to access blocked sites. The use of proxy servers may have a negative impact on a Facebook account, as proxies are unknown to Facebook and may affect the overall network security.
Finally, we recommend not accessing your account on multiple devices at the same time. While Facebook does, of course, allow for multi-device authentication, accessing your account on various devices at once may be viewed as a security breach. To avoid this, always log out from the device that you used previously before trying to log in with another.
In 2011, Facebook announced a feature called Trusted Friends which basically offered a way for users to recover their account, in case they lost their password or are not able to login for some other reason. Well, the same feature still exists but it is renamed Trusted Contacts.
This feature lets a user specify friends on Facebook that can help you when you’re not able to login to your account. You need to name three to five friends that you trust, who can help you in such a situation. If you’re ever locked out of your account, then you’ll need to contact these friends. Facebook will give each of them a unique code which then they’ll need to pass on to you. Let’s look at the process in detail.
How to Set up Trusted Contacts in Facebook
To get started, visit this link to open Security settings page on Facebook.
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Click on Trusted Contacts and then on Choose Trusted Contacts.
Facebook will show a dialog box with more information on Trusted Contacts. Click on Choose Trusted Contacts.
From the next screen, choose 3 to 5 friends that you trust. You should be able to contact these friends, if the need arises, so make sure they are reachable and close to you.
Just as a security measure, you’ll need to enter your password again.
That’s all you need to do. You can visit the Trusted Contacts section again to edit or remove your friends any time.
This is a good method to gain access to the social network, just in case if someone hacked your account, or for some reason you’re not able to login. But make sure that your trusted friends can really be “trusted” with this.
When in the future you get yourself locked out of your Facebook account, you can get the keys from your trusted contacts.
Facebook has just launched Trusted Contacts, an account recovery feature that lets friends you choose verify your identity before giving you a security code to regain access to your account.
The feature was first named Trusted Friends and was piloted way back in 2011.
Using the feature, Facebook users will choose three to five Trusted Contacts to help them in case they are locked out of their account.
“Once you’ve set up your trusted contacts, if you ever have trouble logging in, you’ll have your trusted contacts as an option to help,” Facebook said.
When a user is locked out of their account, the friends will be the ones to verify whether the person asking for the security code is really their contact.
“You just need to call your trusted contacts and let them know you need their help to regain access to your account. Each of them can get a security code for you with instructions on how to help you,” the world’s largest social network said.
A Facebook user will need three Trusted Contacts to give him or her a security code before regaining access to their account. With this feature, Facebook is essentially crowdsourcing an added layer of security for Facebook accounts.
Once you get three security codes from your trusted contacts, you can enter them into Facebook to recover your account,” Facebook added.
“With Trusted Contacts, there’s no need to worry about remembering the answer to your security question or filling out long web forms to prove who you are,” Facebook said in its announcement of the new feature.
To set up Trusted Contacts, a Facebook user needs to visit their Security Settings to select their friends to included in the feature’s list.
Facebook offers the following tips.
“To select good trusted contacts:
– Choose people you trust, like friends you’d give a spare key to your house.
– Choose people you can reach without using Facebook, ideally over the phone or in person, since you’ll need to contact them when you can’t log in.
– Choose more people to help you. The more friends you choose, the more people who can help you when you need it.
After selecting your trusted friends, they will be notified by Facebook that you have selected them to help you in case you are locked out of your account or have trouble logging in.
But there are a few problems. To start, you’re banking on the ever-accessibility of your friends. What if one of your trusted contacts is out of town for the weekend or is otherwise unreachable? The beauty of the Internet — and now storage in the cloud — is the fact that you can retrieve information without relying on anything or anyone else. Sure, giving a set of keys to a trusted neighbor is good practice if you’re ever locked out, but in this increasingly connected and digital world, don’t you just wish you could securely unlock the front door remotely and not have to involve the neighbors (or the whole neighborhood, for that matter) to get back in?
In this case, Facebook is blending old-school methods of relying on friends with digital security. But not only is this an inconvenience to your closest friends — at least three, in fact — there’s also the problem of getting in touch with someone who might not be around when you need them.
“While you may trust your friend from pre-school who is on sabbatical in Borneo, it might be a better choice to select the people you know that you’ll be able to reach,” Facebook told me.
“While you may trust your friend from pre-school who is on sabbatical in Borneo, it might be a better choice to select the people you know that you’ll be able to reach,” Facebook told me.
Does this mean each time a trusted contact goes out of town, they need to let you know or you should just pick friends that just don’t get out much? And what if you lose touch with a friend or they even die? Facebook says you’ll need to report the issuewith the site and select a new contact. Again, more legwork on your part.
Keep in mind this is just an option. You can still answer security questions and thankfully, use two-factor authentication.Facebook rolled out two-factor authentication — an increasingly popular security method, which adds an extra layer of security to an account besides a password. If you log onto an account from a device the service doesn’t recognize, it will then send you a text or voice message with a code that needs to be entered before access is granted, just to make sure it’s actually you.
What’s surprising about this secure method, however, is that many people aren’t aware Facebook even has two-factor authentication. You would think the company would spend time informing users about how to sign up rather than rolling out “trusted contacts,” which seems like more of a hassle and involves way too many people. Instead, Facebook should focus its efforts more on its more reliable, proven two-factor method, rather than an entire new system which makes users jump through hoops.
Twitter users have long asked for two-factor authentication to come to the micro-blogging site, which has experienced a series of high-profile hacks in the past year. Facebook should make the most of the feature that many other services need.
What do you think about the feature? Should Facebook look for ways to ramp up two-factor authentication and focus less on trusted contacts? Let us know in the comments.
Facebook rolled out a new Trusted Contacts feature to help make your account more secure. Should you lose access to your account, either by forgetting your password or having your account “hacked,” you can enlist the help of three to five friends to regain access.
Once you’re locked out of your account, you’ll need to reach out to those people you have added as Trusted Contacts and ask them to help you out. Here’s what you’ll need to do on your end to get it set up.
Log in to your Facebook account and navigate to the Security section of your account settings. Or you can jump directly to the Trusted Contacts section by visiting this link. Click on the Choose Trusted Contacts link to begin.
You’ll be given the basic rundown of what Trusted Contacts can do to help you keep your account secure. Click on the Choose Trusted Contacts button when you’re ready to move on.
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In recent time, Facebook users have been battling with different malwares and hacks. A lot of people have experienced account hijack and stolen passwords. Some guys on my friend-list have had their accounts hacked with the perpetrator posting pornography and other illicit contents.
The worst is that a hacker might go extreme and completely change your password, as well as remove or change important information you will need to recover the account.
This can lead to total loss of account with your reputation also at stake.
So What Are Trusted Contacts?
Trusted Contacts are contacts on your Facebook friend-list that you can trust with your account security in the case of any issue with the account.
When these Trusted Contacts are added to your account, Facebook can reach out to them and request they help you with recovery of your account. These contacts would be sent a special security code via a URL and you can then call them to get the security code which you will use to recover your password.
I see this idea of Trusted Contacts as a form of adding Next of Kin to your Facebook account. For this reason, I would advice you to only add your spouse, family, friends or any other trusted persons to the list.
Adding Trusted Contacts on Your Facebook Account
To add these contacts to your account, do the following:
1) Login to Your Facebook Account.
2) Navigate to Settings & Privacy.
3) Then click on Security.
4) Click on Trusted Contacts.
5) On the Trusted Contacts Page, Click Add Friends.
6) Use the search box to search for your friend-list or find them manually and add them.
Facebook is the clear winner when it comes to the number of users in the world. In order to maintain heavy number of user accounts, Facebook implements extreme security measures to control fake IDs, privacy intrusion and cyber stalking.
If your account is also temporarily locked, you must follow the instructions described below to unlock your profile:
■On your favorite browser, open Facebook.com.
■On the homepage that opens up, input account details to login.
■On the security page that opens up, select Get help from friends.
■On the trusted contacts page that opens up, select few friends who you know in person and who are directly in contact with you.
■Once done, click on Continue.
■Once you do so, Facebook will send a security code to all the friends who you have just selected.
■After this, your task will be to contact those friends, and request them to send you the code that they have received from Facebook.
■Once you gather all the codes from your friends, you can use the code to unlock your Facebook account.
Apart from the above, there can be many other options to unlock your temporary locked Facebook account. However, the method you use to successfully unlock your account might also depend on the reason because of which your Facebook account was locked. In some cases, you might need to try different methods of unlocking your Facebook account.
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So you think your Facebook account is secure? You’ve got a super-long-and-complicated password? Well, good for you! However, what if your Facebook account gets compromised, someone hacks into your account, and then changes your profile completely (email, password, etc)? This actually happened to a friend of mine and as a result, his Facebook account was lost forever.
Thanks to Facebook’s new security feature rolling globally today called Facebook “Trusted Contacts”, you can prevent this from happening.
The whole idea is that each of us have several trusted friends on our Facebook account. By setting up your trusted contacts, Facebook will send different codes to each of them when requested. Once they’ve confirmed that it is indeed you who are making that request (by phone call or whatever way they choose), you can then use the combined codes to gain access to your account.
This is very secure because no way the hacker will have access to this because your friends have to confirm the request personally to you. Unless of course, if your friends are using Facebook Message to confirm. Probably a good idea to choose your Trusted Contacts wisely, knowing this might happen. Preferably someone who knows about security, a techie, or a geek like me.
How to setup Facebook Trusted Contacts
 Click on the “Choose Trusted Contacts” link section on the “Trusted Contacts” Section to set it up
 Pick 3-5 friends to be your Trusted Contacts
They will be notified by Facebook after this, but don’t worry. If you ever need to change your mind in the future, they will not be notified about this when they are being removed as your Trusted Contacts. Friends forever.
That’s pretty much it!
How to use Facebook Trusted Contacts to gain access again to your hacked Facebook Account
So you’ve set it up? Wonderful. Now you might be wondering how to use this security mechanism in case of an emergency. When you get hacked and can no longer login to Facebook, use the “Forgotten your password” link next to the Facebook’s login form.
Search for your account and then you should then be able to use your trusted contacts to help you in reclaiming your Facebook account.
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UPDATE: If you are experiencing this issue—and it seems that a lot of people are—I’m afraid I have no quick or easy fix to recover your Facebook account. Click here for the update that shares what worked for me and others. Do you have a solution that’s not listed here? Let me know and I’ll add it to the post.
This is not a blog post about travel, history, nature, or tea, although, as always, a lot of tea was consumed in the composition of it. Instead, I hope this serves as a cautionary tale about how to potentially avoid the mistakes that have seen me locked out of Facebook for over a month. While I am all in favour of digital detoxes, this is not exactly what I had in mind!
It started in mid-December with an email from Facebook saying that someone was trying to reset my password. Simple question: is this you or not? I clicked the button for “not” and was told that I didn’t have to do anything else. Whew, that was close …
Except that a few hours later I received a similar message. Again, I clicked that it wasn’t me. But something had changed: I no longer had control of the account. The hackers were in and the race was on … but it wasn’t a race I could win. While I was going through the Facebook process for securing my account and changing my password, the hackers did two things that have now made it impossible for me to log back in.
First, a long-defunct email address that I must have listed somewhere in the bowels of my Facebook settings was re-registered and all of my other email addresses were deleted. Everything now points to an address only the hackers have access to. The default recovery—sending a code to your email address—is now useless.
Second, they activated two-factor authentication. This is supposed to increase the security of a system because you need to enter a code in addition to your password. The problem occurs when, again, it points away from the account owner and to the hackers instead.
I found myself in the centre of a perfect storm of my own lax security, with hackers who had engaged in the digital equivalent of pouring glue in a lock.
“But surely,” you’re thinking, “Facebook must have a way around this!” After all, extinct email accounts, hackers, and not taking online security as seriously as we should is practically old hat by now. And Facebook is a multi-gazillion dollar company: they must have solutions, right?
And you’re not wrong: they do have systems in place.
One option seemed to be an automatic ID reader: you enter an email address you still have access to and hold up an ID to your webcam. Seems simple enough … but I tried several different forms of ID, including my passport, and every message I received said:
We can’t give you access to this account or help with your request until we receive an accepted form of ID that matches the information listed on the account.
The other choice is sending in a photograph of ID. I assumed this would be checked by an actual person and I would be back in within a few days (or a few weeks at most—after all, this occurred just before Christmas). Dozens of ID photographs later and I still haven’t heard anything.
I took to Twitter to complain, but I discovered that using words like “Facebook”, “account”, and “hacked” in the same tweet brought with it a new problem: random accounts messaged me promising to fix the issue. It felt as sleazy as being hacked in the first place.
I investigated the problem via Facebook’s help section and discovered that the misuse of two-factor authentication in this way was not uncommon. Indeed, there are multiple threads about the exact same issue, with the exact same lack of response. The only person who seems to have found a solution is Christopher, who commented that he was able to get control of his account back only after he bought an Oculus VR device and needed to register it. But it’s not all doom and gloom: I can see that I have over a hundred notifications on the account at the moment, indicating that the hackers have been kicked out too.
Over the past month, I’ve read a lot about how you can try to get your account back after it’s been hacked, but I wanted to share a few thoughts about how to try to prevent this from happening in the first place.
First, please remember that hacking by strangers isn’t personal: it’s simply about gathering as much information as possible that can be sold on in bulk (here’s an example about Depop published just this week). For many of us, Facebook has been a part of our lives for years; in my case, probably close to fifteen. Over that time, we leave a lot of nuggets of information lying around that can be valuable to those who trade in it. Credit card used to donate to a friend’s birthday collection? Or perhaps running Facebook ads? Or maybe we just use the same password to log into Facebook as we do for other accounts? It’s all useful to someone.
Because it’s not personal, you can’t predict whether you may or may not be a target. Instead, it’s best to proactively keep an eye on your data.
Maybe you’ve forgotten your password, or perhaps a hacker is to blame. We wouldn’t blame you if you were taking some time off of social media, either. Whatever the reason, you have to know how to get back into your Facebook profile. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to regain access with a little bit of work. Here’s everything you need to know on how to recover your Facebook account.
Of course, getting back into your Facebook account isn’t the only handy guide we have. Be sure to check out a few of these other pages if you want to learn more:
There’s more than one way to recover your Facebook account. However, your options will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the social network previously. We’ll run through a few of the easiest options to help you get your profile back up and running.
How to recover your Facebook account:
Log in from another device
Nowadays, most people are logged into social media in more than one location. Whether it’s a phone and a laptop or a laptop and a tablet, you might have multiple access points to recover your Facebook account. Of course, this only really works if you’ve forgotten your password and you need to log in on a new device. If you’re logged in on more than one device, and you want to reset your password, follow these steps:
- Open the dropdown menu at the top right corner and proceed to the Settings screen.
- While in the settings menu, head to the Security and Login tab on the left-hand side. You’ll find it below the General tab.
- Find the section labeled Where you’re logged in. This section will show you all devices which currently have access to your Facebook account.
- Go to the Login section just below Where you’re logged in and select the Change password button.
- Now, enter your current password as well as a new password twice. You can also choose Forgot your password? instead.
- If you’re able to set a new password, you should now access your Facebook account on your new device.
Again, this method only works if you already have access to your Facebook account on another device.
Default Facebook recovery options
If you’re not logged into Facebook on any platforms, you may need to go through the standard recovery procedure. One of the easiest ways to get started is using one of your friends’ profiles. You’ll have to follow these steps:
- Have your friend search for your Facebook profile and view it.
- Open the menu with three dots at the top right of the page.
- Choose Find Support or Report Profile.
- Select I can’t access my account from a list of options, which will log you out and begin the recovery process.
Once you’ve logged out of your friend’s profile, you’ll see the familiar Forgot your password screen asking for some information. Now, follow these steps:
- Enter your phone number or email address in the textbox.
- Press the Search button to view a list of possible matched accounts.
- Select your account from the list and choose a preferred contact method or select No longer have access to these.
- If you have access to those contact methods, choose Continue and wait for Facebook to send you a code.
- Enter the retrieved code into the text box, and you should be good to go.
Use Trusted Contacts to recover your Facebook account
One of the best ways to recover your Facebook account is with a bit of help from your friends. Facebook calls this option Trusted Contacts, but it only works if you still have some access to your profile. You’ll have to list a few friends as trusted contacts for the next time you get locked out. They can then help you get back in. Here are the steps to follow:
- Navigate to the Settings menu at the top right corner of your Facebook page.
- Open the Security and Login tab and scroll down to the Setting up extra security options.
- Select Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you get logged out.
- As the name suggests, you can now choose a few users from your list of friends to receive instructions should you get locked out.
- Now you can proceed through the Forgot password options until you are asked for an email or phone number. You can choose that you no longer have access to these and instead enter the name of a Trusted Contact.
- From there, both you and your Trusted Contact will receive instructions on how to recover your Facebook account.
Report your profile as compromised
One last trick to recover your Facebook account only really works if your account has been accessed to post spam. You’ll have to mark your profile as compromised, but the rest of the steps should look reasonably familiar. Just give these a try:
- Head to facebook.com/hacked and choose from a list of options.
- Select continue and wait to be redirected to a login screen.
- Now, enter your current password or the last password you can remember.
- Login with your previous password, and then try one of the methods listed above to reset a new password.
There you go! Four ways to regain access to your Facebook account. If none of these methods did the trick, it might be time to set up an entirely new page. Luckily that fresh start can give you a completely new opportunity to create a password that you won’t forget any time soon.
Data breaches and security incidents have become rampant across the social media sector, making continuous headlines. There are numerous incidents reported where unwitting users suffered frequent data and identity thefts, whose Facebook accounts were compromised.
Recently, a security research found cybercriminals selling the identities of 267 million Facebook users for £500 (US$623) on dark web forums. The exposed information includes email addresses, full names, last connection, status, age, phone numbers, Facebook IDs, birthdates, age, and other personal data, which could allow attackers to perform spear phishing or credential stuffing attacks.
By Rudra Srinivas, Senior Feature Writer, CISO MAG
Every suspicious activity on your Facebook account does not necessary mean that a hacker is behind it. If you can log into your account without any trouble, it means that your account is under your control and not compromised. If you are unable to login into your account, then you can expect potentially malicious intent. However, with proper security measures, users can safeguard their social media accounts from malevolent hands. In case you suspect your Facebook account is hacked, follow the below options to regain control of your account and for future protection:
When to React
Ask your Facebook friend to check your profile. Your account may be compromised if you find:
- Your name, profile picture, or email address have changed.
- If there are any new friends or friend requests to people you are unaware of.
- New posts on your timeline you did not posted.
Report the Hack
Though you are unable to access your account, you can regain control of your compromised Facebook account by reporting the hack to Facebook.
Visit Report Compromised Account page >> Select “My Account Is Compromised” option >> Enter your email ID or phone number linked to your account. The page displays a list of options. Select your reasons and follow the instructions.
Alert Your friends
Cybercriminals often use compromised accounts to spread fraudulent links or post distasteful or offensive comments. Inform your Facebook friends that your account has been compromised and ask them not to respond to any messages or links that they receive from your account.
Delete Suspicious Apps
Earlier, Facebook admitted that hundreds of users inadvertently gave access of their personal data to third-party apps. The affected users were also using their social media accounts to log in to certain applications.
Scrap all unknown and suspicious apps from your account. Hackers often use malicious applications to pilfer sensitive data, images, and other personal details from social media accounts.
Go to settings >> Click on Apps and Websites option >> Select the apps you want to remove
You can also delete all the data, photos, posts, and links shared through these apps. In addition, click the View and Edit option to change app permissions. You can limit the app’s access to your personal data.
Finally, Reset Security
Your account could be hacked again if no proper security measures are taken. Adhere to Facebook’s new security and privacy features. Enable two-factor authentication, which ensures that your account cannot be hacked with just one password. Use an authentication app like Google Authenticator for this.
About the Author
Rudra Srinivas is a Senior Feature Writer and part of the editorial team at CISO MAG. He writes news and feature stories on cybersecurity trends.
More from the Rudra.
Facebook and its more than 2 billion active users are an attractive target for hackers. Some of the more successful hacks appear in the news, but many hacks are smaller and affect only some Facebook users.
Indicators that someone may have hacked your Facebook account are:
- Your email or password has changed.
- Your name or birthday has changed. have been sent from your account to people you don’t know.
- Friend requests have been sent to people who are already your friends.
- Posts that you didn’t create appear to be from you.
- Friends receive messages from you that you didn’t write.
If any of these telltale signs happen to you or you notice any other unusual activity, take fast action to protect your account.
When you think your Facebook account may have been hacked, change your password before you do anything else. If you no longer have access to your Facebook account, immediately follow the steps described below.
These directions work for any Facebook account. The steps described below require access to the desktop version of Facebook.com.
How Was My Account Hacked?
Hackers may have gained access to your Facebook account in any number of ways.
They could have guessed your password, or they may have set up an Evil Twin Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop and stolen your credentials through a man-in-the-middle attack. Maybe you left your account logged in at a computer lab at your school or library, or hackers could be using your account from a stolen tablet or phone.
Regardless of how they managed to obtain your Facebook credentials, the best thing to do is move quickly to limit the amount of damage and try to prevent any further hacks.
Report a Compromise to Facebook
If you can’t recover your Facebook password and access your account, you can still report a possible hack to the company and receive help to reset your password:
Click My Account Is Compromised.
Enter the phone number or email address associated with your account, and then click Search.
Type your current password or an old one, and then click Continue.
Select one of the options from the list that indicate why you think your account has been hacked, and then click Continue.
Facebook explains that you need to change your password and confirm that recent changes to your account came from you to keep your account secure.
Click Get Started.
Follow the instructions provided to secure your account and change your password.
Alert Your Friends
Tell your Facebook friends that your account was hacked. Warn them not to click any links that may have come from your account during the time it was hacked and out of your control.
Hackers who compromised your account may have posted on your friends' pages or sent links in comments or private messages.
Delete Unknown Apps From Your Account
Eliminate any Facebook apps installed on your account that you don’t recognize. While you’re at it, delete apps you no longer use. At some point, you may have granted the apps access to some of your personal information.
Open the Facebook menu by clicking the arrow in the top right corner.
Click Apps and Websites from the left pane.
Check the box next to the Facebook apps you want to remove, and then click Remove.
Click Remove again on the confirmation prompt. You also have the opportunity to delete every post, photo, and video that the apps posted on your behalf.
If you click View and edit on an app, it shows the level of access it has to your account and the information Facebook shares with it.
Also on the Apps and Website page are additional tabs at the top where you can find expired apps (apps that had access at one time, but their permissions have since lapsed) and past apps (which have been removed from your account).
Removed or expired apps still have the information shared with them while the apps were active, but they can no longer access that information from your Facebook account after they expire or are removed.
Clicking the tile for a removed or expired app tells you the best method to request that the app delete your information.
Prevention: Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Don’t wait for the next hack to take steps to improve your Facebook security and privacy. To prevent your account from being compromised again, Facebook strongly recommends using two-factor authentication.
Activating this feature requires an additional form of authentication beyond your password when anyone attempts to log in to your account. The second form of authentication can be a number code texted to your phone or a code generated by a separate authentication app on your phone, or a smart key inserted into your computer's USB drive.
When you have two-factor authorization in place, someone could have full access to your password, but unless they also have your second means of authentication (like your phone or a physical token), they can't get into your Facebook account.
To enable two-factor authentication on your Facebook account:
Click the down arrow in the upper right corner of Facebook to access the menu.
Click Security and Login in the left pane.
Click Edit next to Use two-factor authentication.
You may be prompted to ensure your password. Enter it and then click Get Started.
Select either Text Message or Authentication App, and then click Next.
If you choose Text Message, enter the code in the fields provided. If you choose Authentication App, launch it on your phone and follow the instructions.
Click Finish when you see the Two-Factor Authentication Is On message.
Be wary of relying solely on text-message solutions for two-factor authentication. In addition to SIM spoofing (in which someone gets the phone company to reassign your number to a different device), if you lose access to your phone or you change phone numbers, you'll need help regaining access.
Prevention: Run Security Checkup
Facebook’s Security Checkup feature adds additional security to your account. Use it to:
from unused browsers and apps.
- Receive an alert when someone logs in to your account from an unrecognized mobile device or computer.
Prevention: Change Your Facebook Password Regularly
Resetting your password regularly is a good habit to adopt. You can do it at any time.
Launch Facebook's menu from the down arrow in the upper right corner of the page.
Click Security and Login in the left pane.
Click Edit next to Change password in the Login section of the center pane.
Enter your current password next to Current, type a new password in the New field, and then type the new password once more to confirm in the Re-type new text box.
There are a couple of simple but important steps you may take to ensure that your Facebook account is always safe and secure from hackers.
For instance, you may associate a phone number to your account and Facebook will send a text message whenever someone logs into your Facebook account from a new location or from another computer. It also helps if you can add an alternate email address to your Facebook account as a backup in case you lose access to the primary email address.
Use Trusted Friends to Recover your Facebook Account
Trusted Friends is one of the other useful security related feature of Facebook that some of us may not be aware of (video).
You choose any 3-5 friends, who you trust, and Facebook will send them recovery instructions for your account in the worst case scenario where you have forgotten your Facebook password and have also lost access to your email accounts and your mobile phone.
To set up a trusted friends list for your Facebook account, go to your Account Settings – > Security – > Trusted Friends and pick any 3-5 close friends.
If you ever get locked out of our account, Facebook will send recovery codes to all these trusted friends. Next you need to call your friends, collect the codes and submit them to Facebook. After you submit the security codes, you’ll have to wait for 24-hours before you can log into Facebook again.
How to Set up Trusted Friends in Facebook – Video
Here’s a quick video detailing how you may specify Trusted Friends in Facebook.
We know this method is too old, but some users do not know about this method. So in this post, we discuss Recover your Hacked Facebook profile without any need of an Email address.
We all know that Facebook is always a nice platform to share our feelings and be in touch with many; apart from these, it is also a space to discuss current times and issues. But when your profile gets Hacked, then this is the worst situation, and when you don’t have access to the recovery email, the condition got more worst. And at that time, most users think that their profile will not recover, but you can actually do that without any requirement of the email address. So have a look at the complete guide discussed below to proceed.
Steps To Recover Hacked Facebook Account without Email
You just do not need any hard work, just a simple method to recover your Facebook profile that you might not know until now, and with that, you will not need to access your saved email, and you can add any alternative email. So follow up some simple steps below to proceed.
Note: This tutorial is only for knowledge purposes and should now be used for any illegal activities as we will not be responsible for anything.
Steps To Recover Hacked Facebook Profile Without Registered Email:
1. First of all, you need to enter the email address or Phone number in the field at the top right, and you will see a screen that will ask you that you had forgotten the password.
2. Now, simply click on the option Forget Password to see all the possible recovery solutions for it.
3. Now, you need to enter your username, email, or phone number to identify your account.
4. Now, you need to click on the option no longer access to these, and you will move to the next page.
5. There enter any of your new email address to get it registered and then repeat the same on another text field.
6. Now, you will move to the next page, where you need to enter the answers to all the security questions you had saved while creating your account. And if you enter them wrong, you can’t access your account, so fill them in correctly.
7. That’s it, you are done, now you have successfully recovered your account, and that’s too without any need for an email address registered there as you will only need a new email there.
With this, you can easily recover your Hacked Facebook profile in which someone had changed your default recovery email, or you don’t have access to your email address as in this, you will need a new email id. So go for it. I hope you like our work; keep on sharing with others too. Leave a comment below if you have any related queries with this.
Both my Facebook and the associated Yahoo account have been hacked and I can’t get into either. I phoned Yahoo and they were no help because I couldn’t answer one security answer (that I don’t remember providing)/ I can’t get into Facebook because it will only send new passwords to my hacked Yahoo account. What can I do?
Well,all you have to do is that block that particular person and then,it won’t be able to communicate with you.Then,if you reset your password to stronger one,then it would be very difficult for that person to hack your account.You can also beef up security of your account by enabling https session,two factor authentication.
So,in order to join Facebook,you need to create a new account and you have to log in regularly to maintain it in active state.
If hacked,then report it to Facebook –
else,you can get to recover or reset your password from the link below –
Added April 12, 2010
Try reporting your account to Facebook to get it back –
I am so frustrated, I have sent my ID into Facebook and they have not done anything and I really just want to get control over this. Please tell me you can help. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
or recover from ur phone (if u hv updated in ur account )
If you have access to any of the emails listed on your account, you can request that a new password be sent to these emails.
If you don’t have access to any of the email addresses linked to your account, click the No longer have access to these? link under the list of email addresses. Follow the directions provided to answer your security question and regain access to your account.
I am so frustrated, I have sent my ID into Facebook and they have not done anything and I really just want to get control over this. Please tell me you can help. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
This allows hackers to remotely lock and even wipe an iPhone, iPad or a Mac by merely cracking a user’s iCloud account password.
How to protect yourself
Fortunately, having a passcode already set up on your iPhone or iPad protects you from this attack. If someone manages to remotely lock your iOS gadget out via Lost Mode, just hit the home button once then enter your saved passcode normally to unlock it.
Macs, however, are still vulnerable. Even if you have a local password in place, iCloud.com hackers can still use the “Find My” service’s Lost Mode to remotely lock your machine with a specific passcode. You can always disable “Find My Mac” by going to System Preferences >> iCloud >> deselect Find My Mac, but you will lose the tracking benefits of this feature. Location tracking may not be as needed for static desktops like iMacs but it can be useful for portables like a MacBook.
Perhaps before disabling your “Find My” services, it’s best to review your iCloud password first (and for that matter, all your online passwords too.) It’s your first line of defense, after all.
Since these recent hacks were reportedly initiated by password reuse attacks, it’s critical that you regularly change your passwords and never use the same password across multiple sites and services. Click here to find out how to create hack-proof passwords.
Additionally, with all its weaknesses, enabling Apple’s two-factor authentication on your iCloud account is still critical because it adds an extra layer of protection from hackers.
If you ever get victimized by the “Find My” ransom attack, please don’t pay the ransom. Just take your device to your nearest Apple Store for ways to recover it.
Better yet, always keep a backup of your data so you can restore your device in the case of an emergency. Always create a Time Machine backup of your Mac and for extra security use an online backup service such as our sponsor IDrive.
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Having your Facebook account hijacked can be terrifying. But don’t panic; here’s what you need to do.
“Why would someone want to hack my Facebook account?” That may be the first thing that comes to mind for many non-celebrity users whose Facebook account is suddenly accessed or hijacked by intruders.
In fact, having a Facebook account hijacked is not uncommon. There are many reasons someone might want to get control of your Facebook account. Stealing your personal information, including passwords you might use with banks and online retailers, is one major motivation. Forcing your Facebook account to share spam is another.
Whatever the reason may be, hacked social media accounts are a fact of life. It’s important to know what to do when your Facebook account is hacked.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to resolving a hacked Facebook account, with input from online security experts. (And don’t miss our guides to how to make yourself anonymous on Facebook, how to block and unfriend someone on Facebook, and how to protect your identity, personal data and property.)
Check to make sure your account really has been hacked
If you notice suspicious activity on your Facebook account — such as changes to your name, birthday, email address or password; new sent messages or friend requests to people you don’t know; posts appearing on your timeline that you did not post — then go to the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on the arrow there, revealing a drop-down menu.
Click Settings and Privacy > Settings, and a new menu will pop up. Choose the Security and Login option, then Where You’re Logged In. If there is a login from a device that you don’t recognize, then your account may have been hacked.
End the intruder’s session
Click the three vertical dots next to the device login that you don’t recognize, then Not You or Log Out. This logs the intruder out of your account, at least temporarily. This limits the damage the intruder can do and allows you to continue regaining and securing control of your account.
Alert your contacts
If your account has been compromised, it likely has been used to contact people in your friends list. You’ll need to tell them not to trust any links or install any apps that you had sent them — via wall postings, Facebook messages or Facebook email — while the intruder had control of your account.
Change your Facebook password
If the intruder has not changed your password, then changing it is easy. Click Security and Login again, then scroll down to Login and then click Change Password.
“If you use the same password for multiple sites, it is best to change your passwords there as well,” said Cosette Jarrett, a web-marketing specialist based in Salt Lake City. “If your password has been compromised on one site, chances are your accounts at other sites are in danger, too.”
Reset your password if the intruder has changed it
Often, hackers will change your password once they have gotten control of your account, so it’s not as simple as just going into your account settings and changing your password.
You’ll have to reset your password by clicking the Forgot Your Password link underneath the Facebook login. You will need to provide information to identify yourself, such as the email address you used to register with Facebook, the phone number associated with your account, your Facebook username, or your name and the name of one of your Facebook friends.
The last option may be best if you believe the person who hacked your account has changed any of your profile information.
Report your compromised account
If ads or spam are being sent from your hacked account, you must report it as compromised, which you can do at this link. After reporting, you will receive further instructions from Facebook to resolve the issue.
Check for malicious apps
Once you have control of your account again, go to the same Settings menu where you checked for suspicious logins or changed your password, and click on the Apps option in the left-hand menu. Go through the list and check for any apps you did not add yourself, and click the X next to them to remove them.
Secure your Facebook account
Getting your Facebook account hijacked is not the end of the world. Having it happen to you, though, can be a good reminder to make sure your account is as secure as it can be.
Facebook itself offers a number of security tips. You should use a unique password for Facebook, one that you do not use on any other sites; you should log out of Facebook when using a computer you share with other people; you should run some of the best antivirus software on your computer (even if it’s a Mac); and you should be careful about the links you click on and the apps and files you download. You can also run a Security Checkup while logged in to your Facebook account.
Even if you have not been hacked, shoring up your Facebook security is a good idea. Because many Facebook account compromises are caused by external apps, consider limiting the number of apps you use.
Do not click on suspicious links or ads shared in your news feed, even when you trust the people who are doing the sharing — it’s possible they themselves have been hacked. Always make sure your desktop web browsers and mobile operating systems are up to date. And be sure to sign out when you’re done using Facebook for the day.
The same goes for other social networks. Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and others have all had user accounts compromised in various ways. As always, remain vigilant and be smart about what you do online, and you’ll be just fine.
Facebook continues to be the largest social network worldwide as it has around 2.4 billion monthly active users, and the number seems to be still growing. We already know that social media accounts often contain lots of personal and sensitive information, which is why cybercriminals target them. There are various methods that hackers can employ to gain access to your account and the data stored on it. One of them is tricking you into thinking that you need to reset your password. As a result, you could be getting Facebook password reset code texts. If you are receiving such messages even though you did not request a Facebook password reset, we invite you to read the rest of our article to learn why you might be getting such messages and how it is best to react to them.
Why are you receiving Facebook password reset code texts?
Usually, users get such codes after they request their Facebook password to be reset. However, if you did not ask for a reset and yet you received the so-called password reset code text, it is possible that someone with malicious intentions could be trying to gain access to your profile. If cybercriminals know your login name, they might attempt to guess your password or may use malicious tools that could figure out your passcode for them.
In a case attackers have not only your login name but also your telephone number, they could send you fake Facebook password reset code texts. Such messages may even claim that someone is trying to hack your account and that you should change your password to protect it. Unfortunately, if you follow a link provided in the fake password reset text, you might end up on a fake Facebook password reset page. It ought to request to insert your current password, and if you do, your passcode might get recorded, which may allow cybercriminals to log into your account.
What to do if you receive a Facebook password reset code text unexpectedly?
As explained in the previous paragraph, you should assume that someone is trying to hack your account if you receive an unwanted Facebook password reset request. Knowing it might not even come from Facebook, we advise not to change your passcode or, better yet, not to interact with such messages at all. As long as hackers cannot figure out your Facebook password, your account should be safe. Therefore, your next step should be ensuring that your account is protected with a strong password and that you are taking advantage of extra security measures like Two-Factor Authentication.
How to create a strong password for your Facebook account?
The formula for a strong password is always changing. For example, at the moment, a secure passcode is a combination of 10-12 characters that include both lower-case and upper-case letters, symbols, and numbers. Also, a secure password is a combination that has never been used for any other account. If you use the same passcodes for multiple accounts, keep in mind that it only takes one of the passwords to be breached, and all of the accounts sharing it could become compromised.
Having a different and a strong password for each of your accounts could seem like an impossible task, but there is an easy solution. An application like a dedicated password manager can both generate secure combinations and memorize them for you. Meaning, you can set up complex passwords for all of your accounts without having to worry that you might forget them. If you want to try such a tool, we recommend our Cyclonis Password Manager. Not only it is free, but it also works on Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac devices. Plus, you can choose to create your encrypted passwords’ vault in preferred cloud storage, which would allow you to sync your login credentials across different devices. To learn more about Cyclonis, you should continue reading here.
What other safety precautions you could take to secure your Facebook profile?
Whether you suspect someone is trying to log into your Facebook account or you want to employ all safety precautions available, we recommend using the Login Notifications feature. This feature sends alerts to your mobile phone when someone is trying to log into your account from an unknown device or browser.
Facebook ought to gather information like the name of the unrecognized device, its location, and when the suspicious login attempt was made. All of this information should be presented to you, and based on it, you can decide whether it was you trying to log into your account, for example, from a friend’s computer, or if it might have been a hacker. Such alerts may advise changing your password, but they should not be confused with the Facebook password reset code texts as they only suggest replacing your passcode due to a particular suspicious activity.
Another thing we recommend is choosing trusted Facebook friends that could help you in case you cannot access your account or get locked out of your profile. If it happens, you will be able to request recovery codes from your chosen friends. These codes should provide special links that you could use to regain access to your account. If you want to learn more about this feature, you should read our previous blog post that explains how to select trusted contacts and how to recover your account with their help in detail.
To conclude, unsolicited Facebook password reset requests should be ignored. However, if you receive such messages, you should understand that someone could be after your Facebook account and that it might be the time to setup up safety features you have not used before. Also, you may want to change your passcode if it is old and no longer meets the current requirements of a strong password. Just make sure that you access the Facebook password change options on your own and do not click on any questionable links.