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How to Tell if your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked

by on June 29, 2023
in Facebook, Computers and Software, Computer Safety & Support, Tips & How-Tos, Privacy :: 79 comments

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Updated on 6/29/2023 with current instructions

If you've seen unusual activity on your Facebook account, your account may have been compromised. Either hackers have gotten into your account to access your personal information, or scammers have cloned your account, using your profile photo and other public information, to prey on your friends and family.

With hacking, someone has gotten into your account, often by stealing your Facebook password or your email password. For instance, the "IS THIS YOU?" video scam tricks Facebook users into clicking a link to view a video, but then takes them to a fake Facebook login page to steal their account credentials. Once hackers have access to your account, they can view all of your information and even lock you out of your own account.

Find out if your Facebook account has been hacked

There are lots of signs that your account may be compromised. Here are red flags to watch for:

  • You can't log into your account.
  • You get an email with instructions on how to reset your Facebook password when you didn't try to reset your password.
  • You get an email saying someone logged into your account when you haven't logged into your account.
  • You see posts you didn't make, messages you didn't write, friend requests you didn't send, or profile changes you didn't make.

Screenshot of email alert showing a new login to a Facebook account with the type of device and location of the login.

If you don't these warning signs, your account have likely been cloned. Read our story on What is Facebook Account Cloning & What Can You do about It

How to revoke access to your Facebook account

On your computer:

  1. Go directly to your Meta Accounts Center Password and security page.
  2. Select "Where you're logged in."

On your phone:

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Select "Menu" (your profile photo in the lower right).
  3. Select the cog icon in the upper right.
  4. Select "Password and security" in the Meta Accounts Center box at the top.
  5. Select "Password and security."
  6. Select "Where you're logged in."

Meta Accounts Center main page showing the option for Password and security selected.

The "Where You're Logged In" section of the page will list every device you've logged on to Facebook with, as well as their locations. If you see a device or location you don't recognize, it's a good sign someone else has access to your account. You can kick them out immediately by clicking on "Select devices to log out." Click on the circle next to any logins you don't recognize and then click the "Log out" button.

Facebook where you're logged in screen showing a device selected for logout.

Secure your Facebook account from hackers

While locking a potential hacker out of your account throws them offline immediately, they may be able to log right back in. To keep them out, you need to take a few more steps to secure your account.

If you aren't already there, start by going to your Meta Accounts Center Password and security page as outlined above.

1. Change your password

Select "Change password," then enter your current password and a new, unique password. Having a password you don't use on any other site will ensure that no one can get into your Facebook account if your password was stolen from another site.

2. Turn on two-factor authentication

Turn on two-factor authentication popup window showing how you get login codes, additional backup methods and authorized logins.

Select "Two-factor authentication" and then click on your account. Select the type of two-factor authentication you'd like to use – an authentication app, a text message, or a security key. You'll have to enter a code (or use your key) as well as your password to log on when you use a new device or browser. This means even if a hacker gets your password, they can't get into your account. After you enable two-factor authentication, make note of your Recovery codes, which will let you into your account if you lose access to your authentication app, phone or security key. You can find them by selecting "Additional methods" and then "Recovery codes" from the two-factor authentication page.

3. Set up alerts for unrecognized logins

In the "Security check section, select "Login alerts," then select whether you'd like to be notified by email or in-app notification. This way you'll get an email if anyone logs into your account other than you.

Once you've done that, it's a good time to review the security on your email account – because if a hacker has access to email associated with your Facebook account, they may be able to get back in. We recommend changing your email password and setting up two-factor authentication.

With these changes, any hackers should be locked out of your Facebook account – and you've made it harder for them to get back in. And while you're at it, take the time to review our suggestions on how to manage your Facebook Privacy settings.

Recover your Facebook account from hackers

If a hacker has access to your Facebook account, you can run into a snag: they may have changed the password so you can't access it. If you're trying to log on to Facebook and find your password doesn't work, you should see a "Forgot Password?" option. Facebook will be able to send an email to any of the email addresses associated with your Facebook account or a text to your phone. From there, follow Facebook's instructions.

Facebook login screen with the Forgot password option circled.

Once you have your account back, you should follow the instructions above to add extra security to protect yourself from hackers in the future. Or if you're fed up, here's how to delete your Facebook account permanently.

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Messenger requests

From Peggy S. Hunt on January 31, 2019 :: 12:44 pm

My friends are receiving message requests from me that are coming out of Nigeria.  I have changed my Facebook password but obviously that has not stopped these hackers, what do I do now?


Probably cloning, not hacking

From Josh Kirschner on January 31, 2019 :: 1:44 pm

Most of the time, these issues are a result of someone cloning your Facebook account, not hacking it. With cloning, they take all of your information, including profile picture, and create a new account under your name. They then invite your existing friends to your new cloned account, eventually to send them spam or scams.

Want to know if your account has been cloned? Search for your name in Facebook and see what comes up. If you see a fake account, report it.

The best way to prevent account cloning is to hide your friend list in your Facebook privacy settings. Set “Who can see your friends list?” to “Friends”. If they don’t know who your friends are, they can’t do anything with a cloned account.


I am sign in but cant work bcz of security alert

From Faqeer mushtaque ahmed on March 26, 2019 :: 3:48 am

I am singn in but cant use bcz they show security alert you cant open wall bcz your account profile pic change


Facebook account recovery help

From Tarun ahuja on January 03, 2021 :: 5:42 am

My Facebook account is hacked I can’t log in plz help me recovery my Facebook password


Please my facebook account has

From Israel Takyi on March 06, 2021 :: 6:25 pm

Please my facebook account has been hacked, my password and the number have been also changed by a profile picture with the name fernando,he is the one behind all this, please help me get my account back.[Personal information removed]

To recover my personal Facebook account

From Prem Kumar sarkar on May 15, 2021 :: 7:04 am

Some few days ago anyone sent me link on wastsaap and I just login in this link than 6 hours later my account is hacked.that day I will get a mail that anyone access my account but I am late to see the message because hacker change my number and Gmail. If you think that is not my account so check my number and see that the account is created by my number.please help me.

My Facebook page was hacked and i cant get in to it

From James creech on February 04, 2021 :: 12:13 am

What should i do nothing is working i was on Facebook then all os a sudden about 50 friends request started poping up all at once then i was logged out and it said session exspired and logged me out and when you pull messenger up sone body else profile it want let you click on it its there with my picture on it but my profile picture has changed and they are using my name and still have my friends on there i reported the picture but Facebook want to nothing and i told them through email i was hacked and thats not my picture but its my page


Hi I need help on

From Ste on June 30, 2023 :: 11:59 am

Hi I need help on Facebook I’ve got 2 accounts pop back up the accounts are old accounts are from 2010 wot can I do don’t know the details for the accounts please can you help me


My Facebook account was hacked

From KENNETH NILSSON on February 06, 2019 :: 5:06 pm

I’ve been trying to long in my Facebook account I think someone hack into it and they made a big mistake for disabled-ineligible account for Facebook and been upset about the whole thing I Miss my friend’s and family too


Careless Person

From Honest on March 13, 2019 :: 9:04 am

So sad


Hacked my account

From Manu b emanuel on February 07, 2019 :: 7:18 pm

My account was hacked and I can’t access it


Simple Ideas

From Honest farman on March 13, 2019 :: 9:02 am

you can change the password in every month


No puedo aseder a mi cuenta de facbook

From Anely cruz on March 08, 2019 :: 3:34 am

No tengo aseso a mi cuenta en facbook ni al número telefónico y



From Alok on March 20, 2022 :: 7:31 am

Facebook I’d hackf



From Anely cruz on March 08, 2019 :: 3:36 am

No tengo aseso a mi correo electrónico ni al número teléfono


Need my acuant back

From Anely cruz on March 08, 2019 :: 3:38 am

I don’t got ases to my email or phone number



From Kagami Taiga on March 08, 2019 :: 7:30 am

say the pass of maddog6710


forgotten ID or Password

From Honest Farman on March 13, 2019 :: 9:00 am

if we have been forgotten id or password as well as didn’t get the confirmation code on number and gmail so what we can do


How to tell

From Marika on March 21, 2019 :: 2:25 am

I have received a request from a FB contact I don’t normally talk to asking for money urgently. This person is known to our family but not someone that would normally ask for I’m wondering if her account has been hacked or cloned, is there a way to know?
Thank you for your feedback.


Almost certainly hacked or cloned

From Josh Kirschner on March 21, 2019 :: 11:26 am

If people aren’t careful with their passwords are unique, or get tricked into entering their credentials on a phishing page, it’s not hard to get access to someone’s account. There are ways to see if your own account has been hacked, so the best thing to do is contact the person and let them know what’s going on. They can follow our advice for how to tell if your Facebook account has been hacked and what to do about it above.

It’s also possible their account was cloned, not hacked. Here’s how to tell if your Facebook account has been cloned and what to do about that.



From ardeen hunt on April 15, 2019 :: 6:58 pm

I get email from friends that I cant respond to they say notifacations are in fb. not there when I log in. how can I get friends back when they don’t have request on their page



From PJ on July 03, 2019 :: 2:04 pm

my facebook account was hack


Such an informative and useful

From Rasu Shrestha on July 30, 2019 :: 7:06 am

Such an informative and useful article it is. Thank you so much for writing this article and helping people in securing their Facebook password from being hacked. Great work. I really appreciated your work. I will definitely suggest my friends and family have a look at this article.



From Kerry Ivanovich on September 17, 2019 :: 8:51 am

My account was hacked and I can’t access it i just changed new phone number is and new phone is i need my fb account back Thank you ...


Don't post personal information here

From Josh Kirschner on September 18, 2019 :: 1:59 pm

You need to follow the steps in the article above to recover your account. Please don’t post personal information here (I’ve blanked out your phone numbers) - we can’t get your account back for you.


My Facebook page was hacked and i cant get in to it

From James creech on February 03, 2021 :: 11:57 pm

My profile was hacked this morning and i got two text messages this morning saying password was changed and i have tried everything to get back in to it and they have messages all my friends talking crazy and when i pull up my sing in it got a different phone number and different profile picture on it and i had my dad go to my facebook page and they have changed were i work and its saying military and i reported i was hacked to Facebook by email and the did not do ant thing about it so what do i do


facebbok hacked

From brian on October 09, 2019 :: 8:58 pm

my facebook has been hacked and I have tried everything and nothing seams to work and now I do not know what to do now I which there was a way that I could have my facebook account back does anyone have any ideas on my sitchion brian


Please back my id

From Satyam yaduvanshi on November 13, 2019 :: 12:45 pm

HALLO Sir youre security system has been disabaled my real Facebook account now I am sending my real proof please sir review it and reopen my real Facebook account thanks Facebook team



From PLZ HELP ME on November 29, 2019 :: 10:44 am

Everytimes i log in Messenger an undetected device
log on my Facebook. I did change my password and put on verify identity but nothing work! HELP!!!


My fb account

From Emmanuel Destiny on December 09, 2019 :: 2:16 pm

I can’t log into my fb account. I have done everything including clicking forgot password. What do I do next?
Do I need to create another account?



From Fish on December 22, 2019 :: 7:20 am

My account was hacked he/she changed everything my phone number, email,and password


It shows different name as Donald Hagon under my Facebook account

From Majok Akuecbeny Majok on January 16, 2020 :: 12:48 pm

kindly help me recover my account. I can’t login nor send login ID to my phone


Facebook account hacked

From Magdalene oku on January 29, 2020 :: 12:04 pm

Am unable to access my Facebook.


Facebook account

From Aggarwal on February 24, 2020 :: 4:58 pm

Facebook account was hacked


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From tami smith on March 11, 2020 :: 12:16 pm

being webbed live


I need help

From Danika on May 06, 2020 :: 3:56 am

I got hacked and I have all my work stuff on there and family I have done everything



From Colt on May 10, 2020 :: 11:49 am

I deleted my Facebook account and I would like to retrieve it was permanently deleted is there anyway I can get into it if so you can email me and tell me


It's gone, if you deleted it

From Josh Kirschner on May 10, 2020 :: 6:08 pm

If you deleted it (as opposed to deactivating it), then there is no way to get that information back.  If you deactivated it, then yes, you can get it back. Read our article on How to Delete your Facebook Account for more information.


Hacked and then Shut down by Facebook

From Christine Schweininger on June 06, 2020 :: 1:11 pm

I was hacked, then shut down permanently by Facebook. However I still receive text messages from that account. I cant find my original Facebook account. So why do I keep getting notifications?



From Josh Kirschner on June 09, 2020 :: 12:27 am

Can you confirm what you mean by your account being “shut down”? Did you lose access or was the account deleted? What do the text messages say?


My account has been hacked.

From Marja Lilly Arline on August 29, 2020 :: 10:01 am

Someone has hacked into my account. I can’t log in and it’s frustrating. I go by Sakura Ishikawa Hawkins on Facebook to keep my real name private. Is there a way to get my account back and protected from idiot scammers?


How to tell if your fb account has been hacked

From Vuyyuru Umsmaheswara Rao Vuyyuru on September 04, 2020 :: 9:28 pm

If my fb account is hacked,can i fix it or set right by changing the service provider, by taking sim card?



From Josh Kirschner on September 08, 2020 :: 4:41 pm

Your service provider and your SIM card have nothing to do with your Facebook login. You will need to follow the steps in the article above to try to recover your account.


Facebook hacked and removed

From Maria RICHAN on August 22, 2021 :: 2:00 am

For one week I been completing forms sending ID, using codes which do t work and back and forth with passwords.
My account was hacked a Mohammad D lashan, he used my email and mobile number
I removed my account completely
Could somebody please help me this is extremely frustrating not having access to Facebook or messenger.
I need to recover my account


My Facebook account hack please

From Ravi Rawat on September 05, 2020 :: 7:39 am

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Me .
My Facebook account please recover
Kar do please


Trusted contacts

From Jessica Rollins on September 11, 2020 :: 10:05 pm

I have lost access to my gmail account that is associated with my fb account. I have attempted the trusted contacts route. I have contacted all three contacts, gotten the codes, and even received the message that my identity had been verified and that I should get an email to continue the fb recovery process. However… I NEVER GET THAT EMAIL. Why? Please help


Lost my accuont

From Tengsam b marak on October 12, 2020 :: 7:17 pm

Lost my fb account how to get


My facebook account hacked recoved

From Deepak Deepak on November 13, 2020 :: 4:47 am

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Please help lost access to my account

From Alex on November 22, 2020 :: 10:49 am

I can not access my email, I have a new phone number & do not know my Facebook password. I have tried everything on the FB website and it all dead ends. I need access to my account or to request it be deleted for good. My friends have tried reporting my account as hacked as well and nothing ever happens.


Here's how to delete your Facebook account

From Josh Kirschner on November 27, 2020 :: 6:56 pm


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