Question of the day: Help! My Facebook account has been hacked!
Our question of the day comes from several people who complained that their friends had posts on their wall from them asking them to watch a video. Has this happened to you? Or, have you received these posts on your walls? These are all generated from applications downloaded into your Facebook account. Here’s what you do:
If you received one of these posts on your wall:
- Do NOT watch the video. This is what opens up your account to spam. Take your mouse and hover over the top right part of the post, and hit MARK AS SPAM. This will remove the post from your wall.
If your account is putting these posts on your friend’s walls:
- Go to your Account by following the link in the top right of your page called Account
- Choose Privacy Settings
- Choose Apps and Websites (click the Edit your settings link in lower left)
- Choose Apps you use (click Remove unwanted or spammy apps)
- Then click Edit Settings next to the app to see what it has access to/permission to do – many of them have permission to post on your friend’s walls.
- If you are still concerned, you can also change your Facebook password. While it’s not likely part of this problem, it’s a good practice to change it on a regular basis.
Part of the fun of Facebook is the wide variety of applications that can integrate with it. But choose carefully when you give permission to access your account. Don’t do it for the simple pleasure of watching a video or viewing a photo. Be sure that the application is a legitimate one. And, if you see a video that seems out of this world (“See Osama Bin Laden die”, “Watch a teen commit suicide on web cam”, etc), do NOT watch it. It opens up your account to spam.
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