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How To Recover From A Social Hack

Have you ever thought about how much of your life is stored on Facebook? Birthdays, graduations, holidays, old boyfriends and girlfriends, babies – it’s all on there. And have you ever thought about what would happen if a hacker was able to access that information and wreak havoc on your account?  
If you answered with a ‘No’ or a confused face, you need to keep reading. Facebook has been hacked before, which means it could be hacked again. Hacks have spread through different channels in the past, so it’s important to stay up to date and aware. Some have spread through user-to-user chat, others have been passed on via links, and others have been sent out via friend lists. Getting hacked on Facebook and other types of social hacks, can be embarrassing. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a friend saying to you, “um…your account keeps posting pictures of cats to your wall, like every 20 mins,” you know what it feels like to get your Facebook account hacked. You don’t want your Aunt Mildred seeing adult material stream through her news feed because you got hacked; Aunt Mildred doesn’t know enough about social media dangers to know that it’s a hack attack, and not just you looking at things you shouldn’t be.

So, how do you recover from an embarrassing social hack like that?

BullGuard’s got a couple of tips for you:

  1. Reclaim your social media account from the cybercriminals. You’re best off visiting the Facebook Help Center page to do so.
  2. Change your password immediately. And be sure to change your password on any other sites where you might use the same or a variation of the now hacked password.
  3. Delete any erroneous posts, so that you’re social persona isn’t tarnished.
  4. Consider writing a post letting your friends and family know that you’ve been hacked, and that you’ve fixed the problem. You’ll gain Aunt Mildred’s respect back…
  5. Run a quick scan on your computer, just to double check that your social hack hasn’t resulted in something more.
Phew! Now that you’ve taken all of those steps to recover your social identity, you’re in the clear. Thank goodness Facebook is so popular, and your cat pictures/adult material has already disappeared from your friend’s news feeds. Did you find this helpful? Follow BullGuard’s security advice by subscribing to this blog and explore our new product BullGuard Premium Protection as a defense against social media dangers.

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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