A hacked Facebook account certainly means the account has been compromised, and the owner is on the verge of losing access to the account if proper recovery measures are not taken. While there’s at least a 70% possibility you can lose your Facebook account to anyone online, there are 100% ways you can keep it safe if you take the proper steps.
These days, people lose their Facebook accounts to hackers in different ways, and they just don’t know how to recover them because the hacker has taken full control of them. But if you’re reading this article and your Facebook account has been hacked, there’s the perfect solution to get it back. Not to mention, if you’ve recently lost your Instagram account to cybercriminals, here’s a similar article that explains how to recover a hacked Instagram account.
Having said that, I came across a tutorial online on how to recover a hacked Facebook account, and I felt compelled to share it because I know that there are people out there who are interested in learning how to do so. If you’re one of them, you may want to pay attention to the steps outlined in this Naijaknowhow article.
How to Recover a Hacked Facebook Account
Regardless of how you lost your Facebook account to a hacker online, these methods work for every hacked Facebook account, whether you’re located in the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK), India, Nigeria, South Africa, or other parts of the world. This guide works for all hacked Facebook account owners. Likewise, it doesn’t take much of one’s time as long as you carefully follow the recovery guide as explained below.
Here are two ways you can recover your hacked Facebook account: with an email and phone number, and vice versa.
Recover Hacked Facebook Account With Username and Phone Number
This step doesn’t take much time; you only need a couple of minutes to get it done, and it’s even more effective if the hacker hasn’t made a complete change to your Facebook account. So let’s get right at this.
- The first thing you need to do when your account gets hacked or you observe you can’t access it is to go to the Facebook Compromised Account Report Page, to let them know your account has been compromised.
- Now you’ll need to select between the two options displayed on your screen: whether you want it recovered or deleted. Since you certainly want to recover it, simply click on Recover Account.
- You’ll need to enter the username of the account you want to recover, but if the username is not available, you can use either your email or phone number, which depends on who you have between the two.
- Now, wait while Facebook searches through its database for an account with the information you have provided. Once the account has been found, you’ll be asked to input any familiar password you have used on the account before (it can be new or old)
- After inputting your familiar password, you’ll be asked to select how you’d like to receive the link to reset your account password. Skip all the options and click on No Longer Have Access To These.
- A new box will appear with an instruction that says you should enter the new email you’d like to receive the password reset link. So type in any email you have access to and wait while the password reset link gets delivered to your inbox.
- Once you’ve received the link, click on it and create a new password. Make sure it’s stronger and not related to the password that was hijacked before.
Recover Hacked Facebook Account With E-mail
This method works perfectly if you’ve already added an email to your Facebook account before the time or day it got hacked; however, it’ll have been changed by the hacker, but with the steps written below, you’ll find quick ways to sort it out.
- You’d have been notified in your email that your Facebook password has been changed. When that happens, you’ll need to click Please Secure Your Account.
- You’ll be redirected to a page where you’ll be asked to set a new password, but before then, you’ll need to answer a few questions and verify your identity.
- You’ll need to click on Identify Photos of Friends. This will let you identify five different pictures from five random friends on your account
- After identifying all 5 friends’ pictures correctly, you’ll be redirected to a page that’ll show you all the changes that have been recently made to your account. From there, you can change whatever information has been replaced by the hacker’s information.
- After that, you’ll be redirected to a page that’ll confirm you’ve recovered your account successfully, and you can now go back to posting and commenting from your account. Good luck!
Also note: “If the email address associated with your Facebook account has changed, you can reverse this. When an email address is changed, we send a message to the previous email account with a special link. You can click this link to reverse the email address change and secure your account.” Source: Facebook FAQ
What to Do After Recovering Your Hacked Facebook Account:
Most times, a hacked Facebook account ensued because the owner didn’t appropriately secure their account in the first place. Most Facebook accounts that aren’t properly secured are vulnerable and can be hijacked by hackers. So what do you do after you’ve successfully recovered your hacked Facebook account? The answer is to set up 2FA on your Facebook account right away!
How To Activate Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on Facebook
Two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as 2-step Verification is an authentication process that grants a user access to a website or an app after he or she has provided one or two pieces of evidence that clarifies that they are the person in possession of the account or profile they want to gain access to on the website or app.
In essence, to log in to your Facebook account, as an extra layer of protection, you will be required to confirm your login via a verification code that’s sent to your phone number by Facebook. This code can also be generated using an authenticator app on Android and iOS devices. That said, let’s dive right into the steps below:
To turn on or manage two-factor authentication:
- Go to your Security and login settings.
- Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit.
- Choose the security method (I recommend using text message, or SMS) that you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions.
Once you’ve turned on text message (SMS) codes, you should also set up a second security feature, such as a security key, trusted contacts or recovery codes. This helps to protect you in case your mobile phone is lost, stolen or hacked.
With these little steps, you can find it easy to recover your Facebook account. Sometimes, it takes more than that to recover an account, but if you try these methods the same day you lost your Facebook account, there is a 90% chance you’ll get it back that same day.