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Don't get your Facebook or Instagram account hacked

Over the past few weeks, we have again been getting a lot of questions from people whose Facebook or Instagram account has been hacked.  This is annoying and it is sometimes very difficult to regain control of your account.

How do hackers get control of your account?

Often, without realising it, you yourself have given them access. Hackers send fake messages around that appear to be from Facebook or Instagram asking you to reset your password.  If you do that, you are actually just giving your password to a hacker who thus has immediate access to your account.

Better prevention than cure!

However, you can prevent this by enabling two factor authentication (2FA) on all your social media accounts.

Two factor authentication (2FA) is an extra layer of security.  When you enable 2FA, in addition to your username and password, you have to enter a second code to log in. This code is generated by an app on your phone or sent via text message.

How to enable 2FA on Facebook:

  1. Go to Settings and privacy.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Security and login.
  4. Click Use two-step verification.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

How to enable 2FA on Instagram:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Security.
  4. Click on Two-step verification.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

How to enable 2FA on other accounts:



2FA makes it much harder for hackers to hack into your account. Even if they know your password, they still need your phone or your text messages to log in.  By enabling 2FA, you can better protect your social media accounts from hackers.