Social media hacked? How to prevent hacks, tips and official links all in one place!
It happens more and more often these days: a social media account gets hacked. This is obviously unpleasant because it allows the hacker to post messages on your pages or send messages to your contacts, but it is also dangerous because the hacker gets access to your personal data. Have your socials been hacked and do you want to know which page to turn to for this or how to contact a platform? We have listed official website links and contact options for the biggest social media platforms. Do you want to change your password, contact a helpdesk or regain control of your hacked account and protect your account for the future? This overview shows you right where to start.
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What to do if you are hacked on social media
If your social media account has been hacked, there are two options. If you can still log in, the first step is to change the password. This can be done easily via a link above. The second step is to enable two-factor authentication (if possible). This ensures that no one can log in with your password alone, but also requires a second verification. For hackers, this second verification is difficult to bypass. After this, always contact the platform and inform them of the hack. Changing the password and enabling two-factor authentication are always the first steps. Platforms sometimes offer even more options. You can find these via the link above: my account has been hacked.
Unfortunately, it is not always so simple. Sometimes you can no longer log into your account. For this, you can contact the company in most cases. In some cases, this is through an online contact form and you have to answer some questions first. Also, you can always check the social media company’s “My account has been hacked” page. Here you will find more tips on that platform’s solutions.
Preventing a hack is better than curing it
In most cases, the hacker finds out the password of the social media account. As a result, most hacks are easy to prevent with the steps below:
- Use a strong password. For this, the longer the better (at least 10 characters), a combination of numbers, strange characters, letters and capital letters. This makes a password more difficult to retrieve.
- Do not use one password for multiple accounts. This prevents one hacked account from causing problems on different platforms.
- Set up two-factor authentication. This is one of the most important steps to prevent a hack. This ensures that a hacker needs more than just your password to log in.
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