I received an email from Facebook notifying me that they would be unable to display my commercials on Facebook due to violations of their advertising policies. I initially assumed it was a spam email and decided to disregard it, but my curiosity got the better of me.
I clicked on that link only to discover that someone had hacked into my account, added a new page, selected to advertise commercials, issued random friend requests, and attempted to withdraw $2.88 without success. I was stunned to see this since, once again, who would want to get into my account?
I’ve only used Facebook to communicate with my friends and coworkers online, but I haven’t posted anything new in maybe two years. I changed my password and protected my account with two-factor authentication, and then deleted my account, believing that this would make me a harder prey.
What to do when your Facebook account gets hacked?
The first step is to confirm that your account was hacked. You should be able to recognize this if your email address/password has been modified, your name or birth date has been changed, friend requests have been sent to random people you don’t know, or postings have been written that do not belong to you.
The second step is to protect your account. You may report the suspicious activity to Facebook using the following links: https://www.facebook.com/hacked / https://www.facebook.com/help/1216349518398524 for assistance. You can also try resetting your password and utilizing two-factor authentication, as previously suggested, for more protection.
According to Business Insider, in April 2021 a member on a low-level hacking forum freely disclosed the phone numbers and personal information of hundreds of millions of Facebook users. According to a Facebook spokesman, the data was stolen as a result of a vulnerability that the firm remedied in 2019.
I also spoke with a few friends of mine, and apparently, the new hackers target old accounts that haven’t posted anything in years, with vulnerable passwords. This can also happen for Instagram, so make sure to secure all your accounts to prevent hacking attempts.