Sponsor Robert Siciliano as he runs the Boston Marathon for Miles for Miracles, Children's Hospital Boston
ROBERT SICILIANO is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds.


Check here if you're human


How To Recover a Hacked Facebook Account

Pin It

If you found this post in search and need a quick link go here:


If you want to learn, read on.

At least weekly some stressed out victim of a Facebook hack a.k.a “account takeover”, contacts me to help them get their account back in order. While I do have a connection or two at Facebook, I’m not in a position to send an email or flip a switch and make it all good just like that. Facebook doesn’t allow that.

The victim of the hack is in the best position to fix it themselves.

First, be proactive. Set up your computer with auto updates for your operating system, antivirus, antiphishing, antispyware and have a 2-way firewall turned on and lock down your wireless connection.

Facebook offers a number of security features, Use all of them. Take screenshots of your settings and contact info, print them, and store them in a secure place.

Opt-in security features https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=1079

Trusted Friends

What are trusted friends?

Trusted friends are friends you can reach out to if you ever get locked out of your Facebook account (ex: you turn on login approvals and then lose your phone, you forget your Facebook password and can’t get into your login email account to receive a password reset). If you get locked out, we’ll send each of your trusted friends a security code. All you need to do is call your friends and collect the codes.

Secure Browsing (https)

What is Secure Browsing (https)? What are the benefits?

Secure Browsing (https) is an opt-in security feature. When you turn this feature on, your traffic (i.e. all of your activity) on Facebook becomes encrypted, making it harder for anyone else to access your Facebook information without your permission.

Login Notifications

What are Login Notifications?

Login Notifications are an opt-in security feature where alerts are sent to you each time your account is accessed from a new device.

To turn on Login Notifications:

Go to your Security Settings page (Account > Account Security > Security)

Click on the Login Notifications section

Check the box next to the type of alerts you’d like to receive and save your changes

Note: If you want to receive text message alerts, you’ll need to add a mobile number to your account.


Login Approvals

What is Login Approvals?

Login Approvals is an opt-in security feature similar to Login Notifications, but with an extra security step. With Login Approvals, each time you try to access your Facebook account from an unrecognized device (ex: any computer or mobile phone you haven’t named and saved to your Facebook account), you will first have to enter a security code we’ve sent to your mobile phone.

To turn on Login Approvals:

Go to your Security Settings page (Account > Account Security > Security)

Click on the Login Approvals section

Check the box and save your changes

If all else fails go here: https://www.facebook.com/hacked this is the system Facebook has in place to help you get your account back regardless of if the hacker changed your email address.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing social media Facebook scammers on CNN. Disclosures.


About the Author
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.

Similar Posts

  • Facebook Beefs Up Your Security
    It is obvious to many that Facebook has got the message and is becoming more responsible for their users security. For a few months now I have enjoyed a security feature they implemented that allows you to say in control of your logins. Login notifications: This feature sends you an email or text telling you someone
  • Facebooks New (and only) Security Feature
    Identity Theft Expert Robert Siciliano So maybe you used a public PC to log into your Facebook account and you hit a button that saved your login credentials. Or maybe you received an email from what you thought was Facebook and you plugged in your username and password and got phished. Now someone other than you
  • Time to check your Facebook Privacy settings
    Did you know that, once again, Facebook has changed its privacy policies? At the top of the FB page is a lock icon. Click it for more privacy settings. What do visitors see? To view how visitors see your Facebook page, go to “Timeline and Tagging,” then hit “Review what other people see on your timeline/View
  • The Definitive Guide to Facebook Security
    Social media is permeating every facet of our lives. It is extremely important to understand security and privacy settings with so much personal information becoming so accessible. Here is the definitive guide to security on Facebook: Step One Logging In Social Authentication: Facebook uses social authentication to verify your account. This system asks you to identify your friends
  • How to use two-factor authentication for critical accounts
    Have a small business? Great. Have two-factor authentication for your accounts? If you’re not sure of the answer to that question, you could be in trouble. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn more about cyber security. As a small business owner, you certainly have thought about data breaches. They

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Xtreme School

Featured in

Anderson Cooper John Stossel Robert Siciliano Featured in
Browse by Month

Browse by Category