If you notice something fishy going on with your social accounts, it's best to take action immediately before inadvertently spamming your friends, family, and coworkers. So what can you do if your social media gets hacked? The process of identifying the issue, reporting the hack, and securing your account can take a bit of time and effort, but following the necessary steps will not only put an end to the unwanted activity, but help protect your personal information in the long run. The mountain of personal data from Facebook's nearly two billion users is a particularly attractive target to hackers — but all social sites are fair game. If you store a password in your browser for easy logging in or tend to post while using a public wifi connection, you could be putting yourself at risk.
To get started, first, you must determine if your account has been hacked or hijacked. Some signs are subtle, such as friend requests sent to strangers, follows or unfollows you don't remember, or small changes to your profile. Other signs of hacking are more obvious — be it a name or password change, a message from the App warning you that your account may be compromised, messages sent to your friends that you didn't write, or posts that you didn't create. If you notice any of these behaviors, don't panic. Simply follow these steps for your social account and you'll stop the cycle of spam and regain control!