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facebook security flawsYou could say that Facebook’s having a little bit of PR trouble lately.

You could, but it’ll be a dramatic understatement.

Privacy settings are changing rapidly, and many users are confused. There’s a lot you can do to protect yourself, of course; check out Mahendra’s piece entitled “10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy 10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy 10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy Read More ” for more information on potential Facebook security flaws.

Privacy’s not the sole concern, however; there are security risks as well. Recently, millions of stolen Facebook accounts were stolen and sold. You can protect yourself from such Facebook security flaws by regularly changing your password, and Tina wrote a piece all about picking a good password that you will not forget How To Create A Good Password That You Will Not Forget How To Create A Good Password That You Will Not Forget Read More ; be sure to check that out for good password ideas.


There’s now more you can do to protect your Facebook profile. A recent post over at Facebook’s blog explains a new security function that’ll point out when your Facebook account has been hacked and being accessed from an unfamiliar computer. It will then email you, explaining the computer your account was logged in from. This is a great way to ensure only you and you alone are logging into your Facebook account, so check it out.

Getting Started

Head over to Facebook and log in, assuming you haven’t already logged in. Click the “Account” button in the top-right corner, then click “Account Settings” to get the preferences page we’re looking for. You’ll notice a new addition: “Account Security.” It’ll look like this:

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how to find out if your facebook has been hacked

To enable this feature, click “Yes” followed by “Submit.” You’ve now turned on Facebook’s new account security settings.

How it Works

I’ve got an old iMac in my lab right now; I set it up for Boulder Community Computers and am now making use of it until it’s sold. I’ve never logged into Facebook using this iMac, so I thought this would be a great way to test how the new feature works. I logged into Facebook and here’s what I saw:

find out if your facebook has been hacked

I needed to choose a name for the iMac, so as you can see I gave it the most creative name I could think of: “Work iMac.” This computer is now identified by Facebook as one I use regularly.

In and of itself this wouldn’t be that useful, but there’s more: I get a follow-up email informing me that someone logged into my account from a computer I’ve never used before. Check it out:

how to find out if your facebook has been hacked

As you can see, I’m told the name of the computer that connected to Facebook, the time it was connected and that I should change my password ASAP if it wasn’t me that did this.

This may seem a little annoying, but the upside is obvious: if someone logs into my Facebook account without my permission, I’ll know.

This is comforting when you consider the story I linked to above, wherein Facebook username and passwords were sold to individuals who could use the information contained within for anything from identity theft to extortion.

Conclusion

This new feature doesn’t solve all of Facebook’s security flaws, but it does give people a way to protect the data they store on Facebook from unauthorized use. I’m going to leave it turned on, that’s for sure; it’s good to be informed when a new computer connects to any online account. I wish banks had a similar feature.

What do you think? Do you think it’s the best way to find out if your Facebook account has been hacked? Will you use this new Facebook feature, or do the annoyances outweigh the security benefits? Do you feel Facebook is doing enough to protect your personal information? Are you thinking of leaving Facebook, disconnecting from the Internet and seeking shelter in the mountains? No conclusive study has ever proven that commenting can cause cancer, so you might as well!

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  1. martyb
    June 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    My bank does just that, but they call and email. It's a nice and not bothersome safety measure.

  2. Marcia McCluskey
    November 14, 2016 at 5:06 am

    My account has been hacked by HTTP:/m.facebook.comsexyprincess13megs/p only HTTP is all in lower case letters . I cannot post the email with lower case http

  3. Wasim
    October 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Thanks alot .but still i dont understand what to do pl help

  4. Ayesha Sayyed
    August 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Hi sir,
    I was already logged into my account but suddenly what happen my fb page was changed and in that changed page there was no option for logout and after that it was automatically logout but know the problem is that i can't login to my account. please help me out from this situation.
    Thankyou!

  5. Anna
    April 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    hi sir,
    family members rang up my mum saying that ive been liking inappropriate things and noone believes that it wasn't me!! and that I was hacked!! now my account is being deleated how do I find proof that I was really hacked?

    • Corinne Byom
      January 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      I had the same thing happen to me and I am asking the same questions....how do u prove ur fb has been hacked and my ex and his crazy girlfriend have stolen tons of my families and friends identities and have over 100 fake aliases as well! Thats how they were communicating for 6 years behind everyone's back and especially mine!! Jeremy Hutzenbuehler and Courtney Stuhr are the narcissists doing this! I need your help please!! Melrose, Wisconsin

  6. Allen
    March 11, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Hello Mr. Pot

    I have a question. Someone hacked my facebook profile and I know this because he or she changed my profile photo. Now, I have changed all my passwords but still I am wondering if there is a way to find an IP adres from which my profile was entered from'

    Thanks

    • Justin Pot
      March 11, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Hey, I'd recommend heading to the security settings on your account:

      https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security

      I'd recommend turning on Login Alerts, so you can see anytime someone logs in. You can also check out the current sessions, if you will, though I can't seem to find a way to access IP addresses.

      • Informative1
        January 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

        Hi Mr Pot,
        Someone has hacked my Facebook messenger and Facebook. They've sent messages to those on my friends list and my friends have screen shot them to show me, however, I have changed my password multiple times on FB, WIFI, EMAIL, all to if no avail. I even changed my email associated with my FB and that apparently didn't work either. I have login alerts checked and check multiple times under Facebook security where you can see where you're logged in from and it shows only me. It's as if someone is actually in my home on my little computer messaging from me! However, it's happened while I was at home with my little computer in my room and no one else here.
        I've contacted Facebook, friends who are our were with local police, and don't know what else to do. It's been going on for over 6 months.
        I do not use a smart phone (I use a very old RAZR) and although my phone isn't associated with my FB texts are being sent to people on in my contacts that again I don't see coming from my out going messages.
        I contacted my phone provider, they said for my phone that I had been spoofed, and told me I needed to contact FCC. I did, twice, spoke with 2 different federal agents and they basically said there was boring I could do about it.
        I say why but we had a 9 year situation where police, prosecuting attorneys, etc were involved to protect us. It's no longer the case and I've exhausted all my resources on what to do.
        Can you please kindly help ?

        • Gerald
          February 2, 2017 at 8:06 pm

          It is possible, if you left someone use your computer in the past, that the remote desktop could have been set up. It does take some doing. They would be able to see everything you do and be able to take control of your pc if you leave it on while away.

  7. Mariam
    March 5, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    hello sir,
    Someone else is using my My fb account. My fb account has been hacked and. Yesterday I changed its password. But after half hour later. I open it but it does not open, password is incorrect. and I have No access to my yahoo account also. And alternate email also that I don't know. How can I recover it?
    Thanks.

  8. sasidhar varma
    January 9, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Hai sir,

    This is sasi my account has hacked,weekly.i set reset my password and i change,but few days later my acoount has hacked by some one ..how is it possible,how to quit this.

    [ I HAVE ONE DOUBT WHEN SOME ONE HACK MY FB,HOW TO KNOW THAT PERSON..]

    Plz help mee....

    THANK YOU.

    • Justin Pot
      January 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Can you still get in? I'd say to enable two factor authentication and change the password, the problems should stop.

  9. monika lama
    January 25, 2015 at 6:57 am

    dear sir my facebook is hacked and deactivate how is activate that facebook plz

  10. Nicole Schneckenburger
    January 13, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I went to the site 'gamingbeez.com', and it asked for my facebook username. I stupidly put it in, but closed the window before it could finish getting my so-called reward. Since then I have been worried that the site may try to compromise my facebook account. Am I right to be concerned or do you think I'm okay?

  11. Karan234
    August 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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  12. sted umair
    June 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    yes sir i m owner of my fcebook account and im syed umair my i d is disable
    kindly please restore my i d . reply must my facebook id (umair_568@hotmail.com)

    plzzz plzz help me fast

    thanx

  13. Kevin
    June 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    haven't got the account security facility?

  14. daive
    June 3, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I login with the time (like 301p, or 1032a) and use asterisk when logging in from a different computer (842a*office).

  15. Anonymous
    May 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Great article, thank you! Reposted it to Facebook :)

  16. cronline
    May 27, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Seems to be quite tedious, especially for those like me who log in to FB from many different computers... but it is good if u use only one system, it is encouraging!
    I didn't test and wont test since I know it won't do much for me. lol
    Anyway, thanks guys, it is at least one step forward!

  17. cronline
    May 26, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Seems to be quite tedious, especially for those like me who log in to FB from many different computers... but it is good if u use only one system, it is encouraging!
    I didn't test and wont test since I know it won't do much for me. lol
    Anyway, thanks guys, it is at least one step forward!