Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to fix your Hacked Facebook account?

Unless you don’t have friends on Facebook, you’d know that lots of Facebook users have become victims to a particular scam that hacks your account and posts really inappropriate images on your wall (which is totally visible to all your friends or even the public in some cases). If you are one of these victims, here’s what you have to do to get back access to your account and fix all the inconvenience that has been caused by your account to others.

1. Change Your Password

Account Settings

Change Password

Before you do anything else, login to Facebook and change your password. Click on the arrow on the top right as show in the screen shot above and choose ‘Account Settings’. After the page is loaded, click on ‘Edit’ parallel to Password under the General tab and change the password.

P.S. If your password has been changed and you can’t login, this link should help getting back access.

2. Revoke App Permissions

One of the major reasons why Facebook accounts get hacked is providing account access to fraud apps that posts on your behalf (or like Twitter, takes you to a mock-up of the Facebook login page to get your credentials easily). To revoke app permissions, here’s what you have to do.

Revoke Apps

Go to Account Settings just like how I’ve shown in the previous step and move on to the Apps section in the settings page. Then, click on the x parallel to any app to which you’ve provided permission to in the past 7 days, unless you absolutely know that the app is legit.

3. Remove the posts

Delete the posts on your wall that wasn’t left by you. These posts are mostly filled with links and disturbing pictures and there’s a good chance of them being removed already if your friends reported to Facebook before you could check..

4. Protect Your Computer

Prevention is better than cure and making your computer smarter is always a good idea. Get yourself an account on WOT and install their browser add-on (available for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera). This  software will alert you whenever you are visiting a site that has a bad reputation.

For Windows Users:

Ensure that you have a proper antivirus software installed and updated. If you don’t have one, I’d recommend getting either Microsoft Security Essentials or Panda Cloud Antivirus (both free for non-commercial use). A thorough scan is also recommended to ensure that the Facebook fiasco hasn’t left behind anything on your PC.

If you use Windows, turn on the Windows Updates and get the latest service pack for your version of the operating system - SP3 if you are on XP, SP2 if you are on Vista and SP1 if you are on 7 are the latest versions as of this writing.

Conclusion

Some of the images on Facebook were brutal with sexual imagery or animal cruelty and some of your friends might have had a difficult time stumbling upon those NSFW images in a public environment. Leave a status message apologizing for everything that has happened. Also, make them aware by sharing this article on Facebook.