UPDATED: Local Woman's Facebook Account Stolen And What She Did To Get It Back May Surprise You.
Updated: Jul 23, 2022
PREPARE TO BE HACKED
If you've been on Facebook or other social media platforms long enough, you have either had your account hacked or know someone who has.
Recently, there has been an uptick in Facebook accounts being hacked and even stolen. That's right, stolen.
One of my colleagues recently had her account ripped off to the point where she could no longer access it and all of her memories, photos, and business pages were at risk of being lost for good.
She quickly learned that Facebook was unable or unwilling to help her recover the account and what she did next was as surprising as it was effective.
See the full interview below ...
We learned a lot from Shannon's experience regarding how to protect our own Facebook accounts and wanted to share with our followers.
The most important thing to know is that you don't have to sit back and wait for your account to be hacked or stolen. Below are some tips to help protect your account.
PREVENTION: BEFORE YOUR ACCOUNT IS HACKED
Rick's Daily Tips is a website that offers a "daily dose of practical, easy to follow tech tips". The site recently published an article on how to protect you account BEFORE it get's hacked.
If you follow their recommended tips, you can make your account harder to hack and harder to steal and therefore save yourself a lot of time, headache, and potentially a lot of money.
Here is the link to their article: https://www.ricksdailytips.com/prevent-facebook-account-from-getting-hacked
RESCUE: AFTER YOU'VE BEEN HACKED, TAKE IT BACK
Tom's Guide is a popular website for all things technology. The recently published a "guide" on what to do if you find out you've ben hacked.
It's important to remember that when you are hacked, your hacker is typically looking to go after your friends as well using you as a gateway to hack your Facebook friends and family as well. This means time is of the essence.
Tom's Guide offers some great tips on how to take back your account IF the hackers haven't changed your login and you are still able to access your account after discovering the hack.
You can find their article here: https://www.ricksdailytips.com/prevent-facebook-account-from-getting-hacked
Just remember after you recover your account, take action to secure your account using the tips from Rick's Daily Tips above.
STOLEN: TIME TO CALL FOR BACKUP
If like Shannon, you find that your account has been stolen, then you'll need to take your recovery efforts to the next level.
After finding out you've been hacked, if you attempt to login and access has been denied, the first thing to do is try the tips from Tom's Guide at the link above.
If all else fails, then you will likely need help recovering your account. The bad news is, we found that most people we talked to got little to no help from Facebook themselves. This left many people feeling helpless and frustrated.
This is where Hacked.com came to the rescue for Shannon. With Hacked.com's help, Shannon was able to essentially steal back her account from her thief.
For what seems to be a reasonable fee, she provided some information to her Hacked.com representative and they took over from there, ultimately giving Shannon back her account and all the memories and business credibility she had built up over years of posts.
We encourage you to do your own due diligence, but if you find yourself in a position like Shannon's, check the folks at Hacked.com . Here is a helpful article from them: https://hacked.com/how-to-recover-a-hacked-facebook-account
While preparing for this post, we spoke with several of our Southern Indiana friends and clients and found that social media account hacking and theft is widespread, it is impacting people locally, and it appears the number of people being affected is growing quickly.
We know this post might seem out of place for a blog that is designed to distribute local news and real estate information, however our goal as a real estate team is to be a resource for our clients and community even in areas that aren't necessarily housing related. So as we discovered people in our community were being impacted by this we felt this information was helpful and important enough to share with you.
Proactively taking these steps to protect your account today, might save you a lot of time, headache, and money in the future.
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