My Facebook account got hijacked, now what?

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So your Facebook account got hijacked. Your account is sending all your family and friends strange messages about buying an iPad for $0.40. Now what do you do?

First things first: CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.

After that is done, check your app permissions. When you first go to your permissions page, Facebook will show a small list of apps here, you’ll need to click on the ‘show all apps’ link to see all of them. If you see any applications in there that you either don’t know or don’t use go ahead and remove them.

Facebook apps settings
Facebook apps settings

These are basically apps that you have given access to your Facebook information. Many apps have permission to post as you and send connections messages.

To go completely rogue go ahead and remove all apps from your account. The worst thing that happens is you’ll have to re-sign into Words with Friends (and any other app that uses your Facebook information) the next time you play 😉

A useful webapp to go through your Facebook (and others) app permissions is mypermissions.org. You can sign up to get notified via email when it’s time to check your permissions and once a month you’ll get an email with direct links to the settings pages of popular apps.

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