Much like email, it’s not uncommon for someone, somewhere, to gain access to a Facebook account and use it to post spam or worse. Sometimes, the account password is changed. Sometimes not. Sometimes, traces are left. Sometimes not.
Sometimes, the entire account is destroyed.
If you think it’s happened to you, here’s what you need to do next.
My Facebook account has been hacked! How do I get it back?
Unfortunately with the popularity of Facebook comes the popularity and frequency of Facebook accounts getting hacked or stolen.
I need to be clear from the start: I can’t guarantee you’ll get it back. Much depends on whether or not you set up recovery options before you lost it, and whether or not you kept those options up-to-date.
Passwords have always been a hot topic here on Ask Leo! and particularly among Hotmail – now Outlook.com – users. Apparently, people lose passwords frequently because I get a lot of questions relating to password loss and theft.
If you’ve simply forgotten your password, Outlook.com does provide a couple of approaches to regaining access to your account. Nothing is guaranteed, but if you’ve taken the time to set up recovery information, or you can remember various details of your account without being logged into it, then there’s a relatively good chance that you can get it back.
Here’s the approach to take when you’ve lost your password.
HI, MY PASSWORD HAS BEEN THE SAME FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS AND SUDDENLY I GET A MESSAGE THAT SAYS PASSWORD INCORRECT,WHAT THE HELL? AFTER A FEW ATTEMPTS IT BLOCKED ALL ATTEMPTS AND THE QUESTION IT ASKS IS NOT WHAT I FILLED IN WHEN I SIGHNED UP.IT ASKS ME FOR MY FIRST DOGS NAME AND I KNOW THAT I DID NOT FILL THAT IN, I DO KNOW WHAT SECRET QUESTION I AM SUPPOSED TO BE ASKED. WHAT DO I DO OR DO I JUST GO TO G MAIL AS MOST OF MY FRIENDS DID WHEN HOTMAIL STARTED WITH THEIR NONSENSE?!?!?
I get this often enough that I want to use this question as an example and provide a summary article for the situation.
This has nothing to do with Hotmail’s “nonsense” at all.
It’s pretty clear what’s happened here, so I’ll point you to a number of my previous articles that all might apply in your situation.