How to Tell If Someone Else Is Using Your Facebook Account
Even social media giants like Facebook are not immune to security issues. In the past, the company has struggled with hacking, if it is a relatively rare occurrence nowadays.
Still, one can never be too sure. Especially if you have noticed some strange activity on your Facebook account recently.
Was it a picture you do not remember posting? Or a change in your feed you do not recognize? In this article, we are going to show you how to tell if someone else is using your Facebook account.
How to See Last Active Uses
Before wracking your brain and thinking about what your new password should be and how much time you have to react, there’s another step to consider.
You can tell if someone else has been using your Facebook account by checking the last active status. Facebook enabled this feature several years back to help you monitor your own log-ins and flag up suspicious sessions.
Keep in mind that Facebook won’t have the precise location of each log-in. Some might be way off; it all depends where you are in the world. But you’ll still have the date and time stamps, as well as which device was used to gain access.
Facebook has a lot of settings. Often, it’s kind of difficult to navigate through all of them. How, for instance, are you supposed to find the Activity history on Facebook?
From iPhone or Android
A lot of people complain that the Facebook mobile app is quite heavy and tends to drain one’s battery life. Not to mention it already comes pre-installed in most smartphones, which can be frustrating.
However, let us face it, most of us use Facebook on our phones and tend to use Facebook Messenger as the primary text messaging app. So, here is how you check log-in history using the Facebook app:
- Open the Facebook app and tap the three horizontal lines in the top right corner.
- Scroll all the way down under Settings & Privacy, select Settings.
- Under Security, select Security and Login. You will find yourself on the page with a section called Where you are logged in. Facebook will show you the Active now status in blue letters. It should be the device you are currently using.
- If you want to see more, tap on the See all option to the right. You will be able to view the entire list of the last active sessions. The approximate location, type, and model of the device, as well as the last log-in time.
From PC or MAC
If you find navigating through the Facebook web portal more convenient than the app, you can check the log-in history that way too.
The overall concept is the same. But given that the website and the app have some significant differences regarding the UI, it is best to list all of the steps required for the website as well. Here is what you need to do:
- Log into your Facebook account and then click on the little triangle in the top right corner of the screen.
- From the drop-down menu, select Settings and Privacy then Settings.
- From the panel on the left, select Security and log-in.
- You will also be able to see the Where you are logged in option. The current active session will be listed and Active now status will be in green letters. If you want to see all sessions, click on See more, and the menu will expand.
That is all there is to it. You can check your last activity on Facebook using your phone, tablet, or your computer with just a few straightforward steps.
How to Log Out All Other Devices
Locating the suspicious device or activity might be easy enough, but what are you supposed to do once you learn that information?
The best course of action is to log out from the devices you do not recognize. Or log out from every device, just in case.
That is entirely up to you. Fortunately, unlike some social media platforms and websites, Facebook will give you both choices. Here is how you do it.
From iPhone or Android
In case the only device you use to get online is your smartphone, or you just prefer it, logging out from devices on Facebook is just a matter of a few taps on the screen. But first, let us show you how to log out from all devices at once:
- Open the Facebook app and follow this route: Menu>Settings and Privacy>Security>Security and Login.
- Tap the See all option under the Where you are logged in option.
- Scroll all the way to the bottom and then select Log out of all sessions.
That is it – Facebook automatically signs you out from all the sessions from the list. Except, of course, your current session.
Alternatively, you can sign out from a specific session or device, in case you do not want to sign in on every other device you normally use.
You will notice that next to each session there are three vertical dots on the side. By tapping on those dots, Facebook will ask you to review that particular login.
You can choose the Secure Account option and review the details or you can immediately select Log out if you are sure that it was not you who used this device at that time.
From PC or MAC
You can either log out of all sessions at once or each individually by accessing the Facebook portal too. Browsing through Facebook while you are multitasking on your computer is often a welcome reprieve from work or composing an email.
And once you are already there if you are worried about certain strange activities on your profile, you need to do the following:
- Navigate to the Where you are logged in option, as mentioned in the steps above. Expand the list of all the sessions.
- If you want to log out every device in one go, click on the Log out all sessions option in the bottom right corner.
- Facebook will ask you to confirm your choice by clicking on Log Out again.
And if you feel that there is no need to log out from everywhere, there is a solution for that too. Here is what you do:
- Select the device or session you are not sure about and click on the three vertical dots on the side. A very small pop-up window will appear that will say Not You? and Log Out.
- The ‘Not You?’ option will give you a chance to review the session and perhaps remember that it was you after all. Or, alternatively, give you a little bit more information about the activity.
- The Log Out option will immediately log out the device in question.
You can repeat this process as many times as you need to. And also, Facebook won’t allow a sign out from your current session on the web portal either.
Not everyone is careful when it comes to their online presence, and others tend to be a little too careful, perhaps. Facebook is the sort of platform where people disclose a lot of personal information.
Pictures, workplace address, favorite gym or restaurant, all of which can make your online presence less safe. But fortunately, you can make your Facebook account as private or as public as you want.
And here’s one more vital piece of information. Facebook takes any potential hacking of its users’ accounts very seriously.
They have a page dedicated to this issue. You will leave all the details regarding your suspicion, and then Facebook will guide you through the process of securing your account.
But even if you do not think you were hacked but still feel like something might not be right, you should change your password, and perhaps even run an antivirus scan.
Change Your Password
If you are using the same password for every website you ever registered to, you’re probably leaving yourself exposed to security problems.
Well, if the password is particularly strong, perhaps not, but it is still ill-advised to use the same password for everything.
If you have picked up on suspicious logins and other breaches, then you are probably ready to pick a new Facebook password. If you’ve gone through certain measures regarding potential hacking, great.
If not, we are going to show you how to change your password on your computer, MAC, or PC. But note that the process will be very similar on your phone too. Here is what you do:
- Log into your Facebook account and follow this route: Settings and Privacy>Settings>Security and Login.
- Under the Log-in section, you will see the Change password option. Click on the Edit option next to it.
- Now, enter your current password first. Then enter your new password, and in the last field, retype it.
- Select Save Changes.
You can choose to save your log-in information on the devices you choose. That means you do not have to go through the sign-in process on each device individually.
You can utilize the two-factor authentication if you want extra security when it comes to the log-in process on Facebook. If you opt for this option, Facebook will ask for a code every time it registered a suspicious new log-in.
It is usually the best way to ensure no one else is ever using your Facebook account without your permission. Just click on Edit next to the use of two-factor authentication and follow the onscreen instructions.
Facebook gives you a few other options to provide even more security. You can choose to get alerts from log-ins you do not usually use.
They can inform you via email, Messenger, or as a Facebook notification, whatever suits you best. If you are afraid someone might hack your account and sign you out permanently, there is a potential solution for that too.
Facebook allows you to pick three to five friends that will be contacted if you are ever locked out. They will be the ones that will receive the recovery code for your Facebook account. So, choose wisely.
There are many ways damaging malware can find its way on to your devices. Often the main objective of such viruses is to gain access to the log-in information of your social media platforms.
Facebook is aware of these dangers and has its own partners that you can use to scan your device. ESET and TrendMicro are companies the social media giant recommends for clearing out all unwanted malware.
But after you scan, review, and delete viruses from your devices, make sure you clean your web browser too. Sometimes, the browser add-ons can bring problematic software with them.
But at the very least, make sure that you always have the latest version of your browser. That way, you will know that you have every security update at the given moment.
What To Do if Your Email Changed
Some hackers only gain access to your accounts for arbitrary reasons while others gain access for more nefarious ones. In the case of the latter, the interloper may change your email address, phone number, and other contact information preventing you from logging in.
So, what can you do if this happens to you?
The first thing you should do is check your email. Even if someone changes your account’s email contact, Facebook sends an email to the previous one. In the email there is a link you can click. This link will take you to a page to dispute the interloper’s email address and regain access to your account.
If, for some reason you don’t get the email, contact Facebook Support for more help. Assuming you can prove the account is yours, the support team will help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some more questions about Facebook account security.
Can I find out who logged into my Facebook account?
Unfortunately, these methods will only show you the device type, location, and the IP address (if you hover over the login). Unless it is someone you know, you are not likely to find out exactly who is logging into your account.
What if someone took over my account?
If someone unlawfully gained access to your Facebook account and you can no longer log in, the first thing to do is contact Facebook support. If you still have access to the email on the account do a password reset.
What is Facebook’s Trusted Contacts?
The Trusted Contacts feature is one that allows your friends to help you get back into your account if you’ve been locked out. Whether you’ve been locked out or your account was hacked, Facebook will send your friend a verification code for you to use and regain access to your account.
Opening Facebook and seeing strange activity on your profile can rattle anyone. Especially if it has been a while since you’ve used your account. Before acting on it, review all the sessions and try to figure out when someone might have gained access to your account.
Then, get busy and log out of every device that is not yours and change your password. Also, you can use all of the bonus safety measures Facebook offers.
Did you ever experience a security breach on Facebook? Has your Facebook account ever been hacked? Let us know in the comments section below.