I always check into my client Facebook accounts first thing in the morning. Often I read what’s happening in the industry and find any “news” that I see coming through the various feeds. This morning at 6:30 a.m. I noticed a post on one of the social media sites I follow, it mentioned a large scale Facebook hacking. By the time I got into work, the story was all over the news, and the sites were taken down temporarily by Facebook.
As compromised Facebook accounts are becoming bigger news, here are several tips to prevent Facebook pages from getting hacked – Essentially it all starts with the basics!
- Don’t click on strange links – Ever!
- Don’t click on friend requests from unknown parties.
- If you come across a scam, report it immediately.
- Don’t download any apps you aren’t certain about.
When setting up the Facebook page, consider enabling login notifications. This will alert the page manager (you) by text or email, that someone is trying to log into the account. Consider too, that it is a great idea to review and re-review security settings and to do it often. Settings change often enough, so schedule the times you plan to check the settings.
Lastly, when using Facebook from places like hotels, airports, coffee shops, or anywhere that does not have a secure connection, text “otp” to 32665 for a one-time password to your account!
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Compromised Facebook Account
If your suspect your Facebook page has been hacked, there are a few things that should be done as quickly as possible.
- Change or reset your password
- Report the compromised Facebook account
- Notify friends and followers of the suspicious activity
If the hacking is a result of an application, removing the accessibility of the app is also important. To remove suspicious app, go to > Home > Settings > Apps and go through the list. Click the > X next to any application that needs to be removed.
If you need assistance managing your social media accounts, please contact us at 734-995-5000.