Has someone broken into your Facebook account? Check for this red flag
By now you know that details such as your social security number and bank details are extremely valuable to hackers and scammers. But longtime readers of Komando.com also know that your social media information trumps all others.
Cracking your bank account may only net hackers the amount you have available, but your social media logins can open up a whole world of scams. Profiles are often hijacked to spread malware, grifts, and even disinformation, giving hackers a steady stream of revenue as long as they have access.
Unfortunately, you may not realize that someone has taken over your account until it’s too late. That’s why you have to be proactive. We’ll show you how to spot strange devices that are logged into your Facebook account, along with tips to keep your Page safe.
Your account activity is tracked
Every time you log into a service or account, the activity is logged in some way. This information may include your device name, IP address or location. You can even get an email when the system detects a new login or login attempt. (This is why it’s so important to set up two-factor authentication, which we’ll discuss below.)
Facebook is relatively good at tracking which devices access your account and when. You’ll get a notification from the app and an email for new login notifications, but that assumes the notifications are set up correctly – and never go to your spam folder or get lost in any other way.
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See devices logged into your account
There is another way to see if someone else has access to your Facebook account. It only takes a few minutes to check and can give you peace of mind that your account is safe. Or it gives you a warning that you need to take some steps to protect yourself immediately.
Here’s how to see which devices are logged into your Facebook account:
Log in to your Facebook account. Click the down arrow in the top right corner. Click Settings & privacy > Settings.Finally click on Security and Login.
You will see a section called Where you are signed in. It shows the two most recent devices and their approximate login locations. When you click the Show More option, the list expands for a broader view.
Look carefully at each item and look for locations you’ve never been to or devices you don’t own. Click the three dots next to a device to select “Not you?” or “Log out”. The first option gives you more details about the device and where it is located, along with steps to secure your account. The last option logs out that device.
If you see devices and locations that you don’t recognize, follow the onscreen prompts to secure your Facebook account, sign out those devices, and change your password right away.
Here’s what else you can do to keep your account safe:
Activate Facebook Protect if you have the option. You’ll see this on the Security and Login page. Then Facebook walks you through your security settings and makes recommendations for better privacy. Make sure to enable two-factor authentication so that you verify new logins. You can also provide a list of authorized devices and remove devices that you have sold, given away, or no longer use. You can also set up additional security by enabling the option to receive notifications about unrecognized logins.
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