How to Protect Facebook Account from Getting Hacked
I know you may be wondering how the hell people hack or gain unauthorized access to your Facebook account.
For the past decade, Facebook has been the number go-to media for billions of people just as you and I login in almost every day to either do business chat or simply chat with friends and family.
If you are the type that uses or login to Facebook on multiple devices such as phones, computers, and your devices at your workplaces, there is a probability you will leave your account logged in on one of those devices.
There are numerous ways in which you can protect your Facebook account from hackers, the easiest way is to sign out your account from any device that is no longer in your possession and public devices such as Office laptops, friend phones, or your old phones that you no longer use. However, this may not really protect your site from hackers but will prevent it from unauthorized access.
In this article, I’m going to share with you some advanced security majors you can use to secure your account in a way that, there shall be no unauthorized access and can’t be hacked nor cloned by any brute attack.
2 Advanced and most secured ways to protect your Facebook account from hackers.
- Two-factor Authentication
- Choose 3 or 5 Friends.
I’m going to show you a step-by-step guide and explain each method to your understanding. Let’s begin…
Two-factor Authentication ( 2FA ) is an additional phase of protection used to secure accounts in the online space. With 2FA verification, no one will be able to access your account even if you provide your email and password, not even you the owner, the only way it can be accessed is when you provide the 2FA codes provided by your choice of authentication.
Facebook has provided us with over 5 ways in which we protect our accounts. Under 2FA verification, you will have 3 options of which you will have to choose one.
Here are the 3 options under 2FA.
I’m going to list the 3 options below and give you a step-by-step guide on how to set them up securely.
- Authentication App
- Text Message
- Security Key
How to setup Authentication App to Protect Facebook Account from Hackers.
The first step in protecting your Facebook account from hackers is by heading over to and then clicking on the “Drop-Down Menu” if you are on the web, or the “3 lines” located at the top-right if you are on a mobile device. Simply click on it and you will see this menu, simply click on ( Settings & Privacy )
After selecting Settings & Privacy you will then see a new sub-menu just Click on Settings.
After that, a new section will then open up, where you will have to click on ( Security and Login )
Afterward, you will be redirected to a new page showing all security majors you can take to protect your Facebook account from Hackers. I’m going to start with the most secured option which is the 2FA system. To locate this, simply scroll down till you find ( Two-factor authentication ) and click on edit if you are using the Facebook web, or click on the ( Use Two-factor authentication ) if you are on a mobile device.
After you select the option highlighted above, there you will see 3 options to choose from, I’m going to explain each option and how it works, and the risk involved in each.
Option 1– Here, you will have to use an external application such as Google authenticator or Duo Mobile to generate a security code whenever you try to access your account. Meaning even if your account login details are exposed to the public, they won’t be able to access your account without you providing the random code generated by the app, making it a top-class security system that’s why is the most recommended one by Facebook.
Disadvantage – We all are aware that, anywhere there’s an advantage, there must be a disadvantage as well. The disadvantage in using an authenticating app is that when you delete the authenticating app, you won’t be able to recover the code generated as well-meaning there is a probability you may lose access to your account also, though you can re-access by contacting Facebook support, it will take time for the team to review your information for approval.
Option 2 – Here, an active phone number is required to secure your account. Facebook will ask you to input your telephone number so that whenever anyone or you try to access your account, a 5-8 digit code will be sent to that particular phone number, and that code changes whenever you try to log in next time.
Disadvantage – Sometimes, code may not arrive immediately even if there is a stable network connection, in some cases, you may not even receive any code for a whole 24hrs meaning you won’t access your account till then. So make sure to use your personal cell phone number so you can retrieve the number even if the phone gets stolen.
Option 3 – This is also another top-level security for those who have a USB security key, that you can plug into your PC or phone and generate a random key for you to access your account. I haven’t personally used this method so I may not know much about the advantages and disadvantages involved.
Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if you get locked out
This section will be very short, because there’s not much to about here, as the heading is self-explanatory.
Facebook allows you to choose 3-5 friends that will secure your account, in the sense that, Whenever you try to sign in to your account on a different device, you will have to contact those 3 or 5 friends you picked during the setup process.
All the methods above are top-level security methods. There are also some basic ways in which you can protect your Facebook account from hackers and unauthorized access but it won’t restrict hackers from using top-level attacking schemes. Some of those methods are, Always signing out your Facebook from old devices you no longer use, don’t sign in to your Facebook account on other’s devices, don’t save your login details on people’s phones, and finally changing your password often.
I believe this will help you protect your Facebook account from hackers.
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