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How to Prevent Your Facebook From Being Hacked

Facebook is not immune to being hacked. So it’s important for you to take measures to protect your information whenever possible. Here are two questions I’ve received recently:

  1. My account seems to have been hacked, what should I do?
  2. How can I prevent my Facebook from being hacked in the future?
My account seems to have been hacked, what should I do?
  • How do you know it’s been hacked? You don’t unless you look at your wall and see things posted that you never posted. Or sometimes your friends will ping you and ask you if you really sent them a message on Facebook because it looked strange – that’s how you know. But if this happens, change your password immediately. 
  • If this has happened to you more than once, practice changing your password every 3 to 6 months.
How can I prevent my Facebook from being hacked in the future?
  • Be sure that you are viewing Facebook in a secure browser (https://www.facebook.com) rather than (http://www.facebook.com). You can easily make sure this is the case every time by changing your Account Settings in Facebook. (see below)

Through Account Settings (click down arrow in upper right corner), choose Security, then Secure Browsing and click Edit:

Facebook Secure Browser

Then, be sure to check the box (the default is unchecked), and click ‘Save Changes’.

Facebook Secure Browser check box

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About Tracy Sestili

Tracy Sestili is CEO and Chief blogger at Social Strand Media. She is also the author of Taking Your Brand from the Bench to the Playing Field -- Social Media Fundamentals for Business.