We’re not talking about Aunty Doris sending you 30 pictures of her cat every day; at this point you’re probably expecting it. It’s the messages you don’t expect – the ones that come from contacts you rarely speak to, or the messages don’t sound like the person they’re being sent from, or, most importantly, include strange looking links.
If you get messages like this from a Facebook friend, chances are they’ve been hacked. If you’ve logged into your account and found that you’ve been sending messages like this, chances are – that’s right – you’ve been hacked.
Is there anything worse than your account being hacked? Your profile might contain personal and financial information, and a host of other data that can be used to steal your identity. Arguably even worse, hackers could like a photo of your ex from three years ago, which might end up costing you a lot more than money!
Hacked accounts are a real problem. Last month cybersecurity experts Nordlocker found a huge cache of stolen data containing 26 million logins for popular websites such as Amazon, LinkedIn and Facebook. So, what can you do to protect your account? The first step is obvious – two factor authentication.
What is 2FA?
Two factor authentication adds an extra layer of protection to your online accounts on top of your password. It often means you need to enter a code sent to your phone or email address to access the account. Facebook lets you get a code through an app, an SMS or a dedicated security device.
Why would I turn 2FA on?
With 2FA turned on, Facebook will ask you to enter a code any time you try to access your account from a device or browser they don’t recognise. That means that even even if someone manages to get access to your password, they still won’t be able to login without also having access to the code. These codes are time sensitive and totally unique to your device, making it incredibly difficult for anyone who isn’t you to get access to your account.
How to turn 2FA on for Facebook
- Click here to go to your Security and login settings
- Scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit.
- Choose the security method that you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions.
For full details, click here.
What else can I use 2FA on?
2FA is available for many accounts, and not just for social media. 2FA can be used on everything from email, gaming accounts and banking apps. These can all be associated with a single app on your phone, with both Google and Microsoft providing authenticator apps, as well as standalone ones like Authy.