Don’t Fall For It
Another day, another Facebook hoax. If you are on the social media site, there’s a very good chance you’ve had a few of the warnings. “Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept Jayden K. Smith friendship request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it.”
Blah, blah, blah. Poor Jayden K. Smith. There most likely is such a person in the world and he’s wondering why he’s suddenly the most unpopular person on the planet. Nobody wants to be his friend. (lol)
It’s easy to understand why people panic. Nobody wants their Facebook account hacked.
Here’s the deal. There is no way that simply accepting a friend request can give someone access to your Facebook account or computer. So if you DID share the Jayden K. Smith warning, you can hit delete and rest easy.
There are ways to know if you have been hacked for REAL and it’s easy to shut it down.
How to check if you’ve been hacked
Go to the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on it. In the menu, select Settings. A new menu will pop up. Choose Security and then Where You’re Logged In.
A list of all of the devices that you’ve logged into and their locations will pop up. If there is a login you don’t recognize, chances are you may have been hacked. If you see anything that isn’t you, click End Activity on the right side of the log to end the session. The hacker will be logged out, temporarily.
Other signs you may have been hacked
Your name, birthday, email or password has been changed
Someone sent out friend requests to people you don’t know
Messages have been sent from your account, but you didn’t write them
Posts are appearing on your timeline that you didn’t post
What to do if your Facebook has been hacked
Once you click on End Activity, change your password right away. Next, get Facebook’s help. Facebook has a system to help you if you’ve been hacked.
Go to the Facebook help page, click on I think my account was hacked or someone is using it without my permission, and then click on secure it. Facebook will take you to a page where you log in and then go about the steps to securing your account.
How to keep your Facebook account safe (from CNET.com)
Facebook is jam-packed with security features, you just need to activate them. Go to the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page, click it and select Settings. From there:
Turn on Login Alerts so that you receive notifications when your account is logged into. This helps you catch a hacker early, before any major damage is done.
Go to Login Approvals and enable Two-Factor Authentication, then choose an extra layer of security from the list.
Go to App Passwords and have the tool generate unique passwords for your apps instead of using your Facebook password.
Click on Your Trusted Contacts and add a few close friends or family members that can help you unlock your account if it ever becomes hacked.
With these steps, your Facebook account is much more difficult for a hacker to get into and much easier to recover if it is ever compromised. Now, just set your password as a random set of numbers, letters and symbols to add a final layer of security.