Facebook, just like the other social media platforms that are available can be hacked. This is despite all the measures that the platform has put in place to forestall this, but for determined hackers, targeted accounts can still be broken into. If they can guess your password or figure out a way into your account through social engineering, then your account is fair game. Understandably, having your Facebook account hacked is not the most pleasant of experiences, and getting that account back is the one way to feel better about it. Before going into details of hacked Facebook account recovery, how do you know if you have been hacked in the first place?
How to figure out if you have been hacked
People hack Facebook accounts all the time, but that does not necessarily mean that you would recognize the telltale signs of hacking. Not to worry, here is a guide to help you figure out when any hacker has got their sights on your account:
Suspicious emails or messages
This is one major sign that your account has been hacked. These hackers usually send email messages using an account that they have hacked. Another example is if you get a lot of “account recovery” emails, this could mean hackers are targeting you. For hackers, using account recovery tricks is a popular way for them to get the ID and password of the Facebook accounts of people. Facebook also sends messages when it notices suspicious account activity, do not ignore these messages if they are coming in repeatedly.
In some cases, hackers are subtle, they gain access to your account but do not make any obvious moves, and they secretly have access to all your data. If you notice any suspicious activity, check your activity log, which shows you all the actions taken on your account. If you see some activities that weren’t initiated by you like posts, likes, and so on, it is likely someone has access to your account.
This is a simple way to know if your page has been hacked. When you log in to your account, Facebook will show where you were when you did. This also happens when your account gets hacked. If you view the location logs and you notice a login from a location that you have not been to, then you have most likely been hacked.
You should also note that using a VPN makes the location history data useless. VPN masks your actual location and uses servers from different regions of the world to do that. In this case, VPN would make it look like your account is being hacked by a hacking conglomerate that is located all over the world.
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How to Recover a Hacked Facebook Account
There are several hack scenarios that can happen when your Facebook account is hacked:
- Your account was deleted
- Your username and password were not changed
- only your password was changed
- Only your email was changed
- Both your email and password were changed
Your Account was Deleted
It is not uncommon for hackers to get into Facebook accounts and delete them. There is some good news here, Facebook keeps any deleted account for 30 days. Within this period, that account can be recovered, but anything after that and that account is gone for good. There is not much that can be done after the 30 days grace period, it would be better to open another account at that point.
Your username and password were not changed
It is likely that your hacker couldn’t or didn’t have a chance to change your login details; your email (username) and your password, before your account was deleted. If this is the case, here is how you can recover your account:
- Open your browser and go to
and if you are using your mobile phone or a tablet, launch the Facebook app.
- Type in your email (or phone number) and password, and log in
- Then you should have access to all your photos and messages.
Only your password was changed
This is probably the most common form of hacking. The hacker changes the password so you are locked, but it is relatively easy to recover your account. Just take a few steps on your computer or mobile device:
- Since you still have access to the email associated with your account, just click the “forget password” link on the Facebook login page.
- You will be taken to another page where you are asked to enter your email or the phone number that is associated with your account, and then click “Continue”
- Then Facebook will send a recovery code to that email, which you can enter on the login page, this will grant you access to your account.
- You can set your new password, and continue using your account
Only your email was changed
If the hacker has gone a bit further and you don’t have access to your associated email, here is what you can do:
- Click on the “forgot password” choice.
- Enter your username or email and let Facebook look for your profile.
- Once this has been done, click on your profile, and when it asks for you to reset your password, you can click on “no longer have access to these”.
- Facebook will then provide you with more extensive options for your account recovery. For older accounts, you will be able to recover your account if you can remember your security questions and the answer.
- For a new Facebook user, there is a way to recover the account using the “trusted contacts” option. You can enter the email account you have access to, then click “reveal my trusted contacts” and enter the name of any one of them. Facebook will provide a link that only that particular contact can see. You can then ask them to click the link and get you the recovery code, enter it and you can gain access to your account.
Both your email and password were changed
This situation may constitute a problem, as far as recovering your account is concerned, your chances of getting that account back have been considerably reduced. You still have some avenues open to you, you only need to prove your identity using your mobile number or your old email address. Here is how:
- If you want to go the mobile number route, you can follow the same steps that were explained before. Input your login details, and choose the “forgot password” option. When given options for recovery, you can choose the mobile number option, enter the number, Facebook then sends a recovery code to that phone number that you can use to reset your password.
- If your email ID was hacked, there is an option to fix that. Click on the “if you did not do this, please secure your account” option.
- Facebook may also provide you with other recovery options like using your government ID including passport or driver’s license to verify your identity.
- Inputting your birth date is another way you can recover your account.
- There is one other option that can be quite engaging and fun. Facebook will show you your friends and ask you to identify them by giving their names.
It is obvious that hacking is a common problem with users of social media, and Facebook is not left out of this trend. As annoying and destabilizing as it can be to get your account hacked, there are simple steps you can take to protect your account. In cases where the damage is already done, there are still options open to you; use of a recovery email, trusted contacts, “forgot password” option, and so on. You can still get to connect with your friends and family, follow the steps, and fight your way back into your account.