Want to know if your social media accounts are safe or someone has hacked your online accounts? Most of the times you can know that your account has been hacked without even checking as there are unknown posts and messages otherwise there are very simple ways to know this.
Social media has become an integral part of today’s lives and our private data is all over the internet on these social networking platforms. So, if you get a suspicion that someone else has gained access to your social media accounts, it’s not difficult to check this. In fact, it’s even worth checking it regularly to be sure that your Facebook and Twitter accounts are safe.
There is a very simple way to check if your Facebook account has been hacked. Go to the top right corner of your Facebook page profile and click on it. In the menu, select Settings->Security and Login->Where You’re Logged In.
A list of all of the devices that you’ve logged in to and their locations will appear. If here you find a login or device you don’t recognize, chances are your account may have been hacked. If you see anything like that, click on the three dots in front of the suspicious device and click Not You?
After clicking on that a new pop-up will appear again asking if it wasn’t you. Now, click Secure Account. Facebook will then show you the steps of securing your account after running a diagnostic on your account. Click Get Started.
What to do?
After securing your account, you can even make it safer. Facebook has a lot of security features, and you just need to activate them. Open Facebook in your browser and go to Settings > Security and Login > Setting Up Extra Security.
- Here, you can turn on login alerts so that you receive notifications when your account is logged into anywhere on any device. This helps you know if it is hacked early.
- You can also enable two-factor authentication, and then choose an extra layer of security from the list.
- You can also choose your trusted contacts and add a few close friends or family members to the list that will help you unlock your account if it is ever hacked.
You see all of a sudden, a lot of posts from people you don’t even follow know also your likes on their images. There are images on your account which you didn’t upload or you don’t have access to your account anymore after using the right password and it’s not a technical glitch, these are signs that your Instagram is hacked.
What to do?
First of all, if you still have access to your account, make sure to change the password immediately. Change the password of all other accounts you use this same password and pick a strong password. You should use a combination of at least six numbers, letters, and punctuation marks.
Here, you can again, turn on two-factor authentication for additional security.
Two-factor authentication (aka 2FA or two-step verification) is a security method that uses two different ways to verify your identity. Instead of entering only a password to log in, you’ll be asked to enter an OTP which is sent via text message to your phone.
The process for checking if Twitter is hacked is very similar to Facebook. Log into the Twitter website or app, click your avatar on the toolbar and choose –
Settings and Privacy -> Privacy and Safety -> See your Twitter Data, and head to the Your Twitter data page.
Here, you will history of your account. Under the Account history and Apps & Devices, you can see the phones, browsers, and apps you’ve used to connect to your Twitter account. Unfortunately, there’s no way to instantly end any of this activity like Facebook, but at least you can know the status.
If you see some suspicious logins from a device or particular third-party app, then you can go to the Apps tab and revoke access from the app or device in question. It’s a good idea to delete older, unused apps from this list anyway.
What to do?
Next, if you are sure that your account is hacked, there’s the option to set up two-step verification for your Twitter account under Security. It stops someone else from logging into your account on a new device with your password and username alone.
Go to Account -> Security -> Login Verification. It is the same as 2-factor authentications on Facebook. Enable this and Twitter will ask for your password. After that, login verification will be enabled and every time your account is logged in on a new device it will ask an OTP alongside your password.
Google has the most comprehensive dashboard for your account to know all the activities. You can find it at myaccount.google.com. Follow the Device activity link to see recently used devices and recent events. You can remove any entries in the list with just a click if you notice anything suspicious.
Next, you should select the option to Secure Your Account. To manage the apps which have access to your Google account, go to Sign-in & security -> Apps with access to your account -> Manage apps. Here you can review your apps and revoke permissions if you find something suspicious.
If someone else has access to your social media accounts, chances are you’ll know soon enough. Otherwise, by following above-mentioned steps, you will be able to secure your account.