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5 Ways of Noticing a Hacked Social Media Account

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Are you worried that your social media account has been compromised? First of all, how would you even know whether it has been hacked? What’s more, what could you do to remedy the situation? The following article discusses how one would figure out whether he or she has been hacked, as well as what could be done to take back the account. 

1. Finding posts on your page that you definitely didn’t write

This is the most obvious indication of a hacking, and you might think it’s silly to even mention it. However, it may be difficult sometimes to even remember which posts are yours or not, especially if your account is regularly updated or contributed to by several other bloggers. Now, if you’re a professional blogger who use services like Networked Blogs, you may forget which automatically-updated Facebook or Twitter post is indeed yours.

What do you do?

As soon as you’re sure that there is peculiar activity on your social media account, immediately change your password and delete all the unrecognizable posts.

2. The account was accessed from a strange location

Social media websites offer login location logs, these days. They might not be completely accurate, but you’ll be able to tell the approximate area of each login. Therefore, if you notice any logins that were initiated from a completely different region from where you are, it could be a sign that the account has been compromised.

What do you do?

It will be prudent to keep an eye on your potentially hacked social media account. Review the login locations of the past few days or determine whether there is a live session currently being accessed. If you do find that someone is logged in at the moment, quickly terminate the session and change your password. You can figure out how to do so with this Facebook guide here.

3. Your Facebook or Twitter is spammed with unsolicited advertisements

Facebook hacking is especially common these days, seeing as it’s a much larger website with several inclusive features. As opposed to the popular “click-jacking,” hackers have developed a similar tactic called “life-jacking.” It involves luring account holders with cute or shocking posts such as “7 Easy Ways to Make Money Online” or “This Tiger Cub Didn’t See It Coming,” then inserting a pesky “Like” button on the page that follows your cursor around until you click on it. As soon as you fall for the trap, you find that your Facebook is swarming with unsolicited ads.

What do you do?

Luckily, Facebook allows you to review the apps that you’ve “liked,” and offers the option to disable their access to your account. Look through and clean up your list. If you notice apps that you don’t want or need, simply remove them.

You should also go through your page and remove the specific ad posts. Why is this important? Well, hackers often trap people into accepting these applications because they can make money from clicks or purchases made through them.

4. The login information isn’t working

If you can’t access your account, yet are sure that you’ve entered the right password, it’s possible that your account has been hacked. This can be easily remedied if you ask for a recovery password through e-mail, but the problem with most hackings is that your original e-mail has probably already been changed.

What do you do?

The only thing you can do in this case is to contact the company directly, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, etc. Explain your situation and provide some basic proof of your identity.

5. Your “following” list has grown drastically

Check who you’re following on a regular basis. If you notice that the amount has grown quite a bit, it’s possible that your Twitter has been hacked. Hackers can use malware to force your account to follow random Facebook or Twitter spambots. When this happens, it’s not only you who gets compromised, but also others associated to you who may be sent harmful URLs. Another issue in this situation is that friends or acquaintances may be receiving malware-filled URLs through private messages from “you.”

What do you do?

First, change your password as soon as you find out. It’s also suggested that you delete all the spam posts and let people know not to click on anything “you sent” during the days you think your account was compromised.

Your social media account is hacked and you can’t get it back?

If your situation is more delicate and you need additional help, you can contact the website owners directly. Here are a few popular social media support pages: