James Mayes

Blog: How to check for unauthorised access to Facebook?

In Facebook, Facebook tips, Social Media on September 6, 2011 at 6:24 am

So the ability to do this is not new – it’s something simple enough to do. Judging by recent conversations though, not many people are aware (or use) this functionality. Here’s a quick guide.

From your Facebook page, go to the top-right and bring up the Account menu – click Account Settings.  From the menu that subsequently appears on the left, select Security.

First up, click that top option, to Edit the setting for Secure Browsing. This forces Facebook to use a secure wireless connection whenever possible. Not all Facebook apps support this – but at least now if you’re in a coffee shop and it switches to non-secure, you’ll get warned.

 OK, so the how to check bit? First, click Edit next to Recognised Devices. This’ll show you which devices have been used to access your Facebook account. Something there you don’t recognise? Remove it and save changes. I’d also then suggest enabling Login Approvals (available in the box just above), so if an unregistered device tries to log in again, there’s an additional security step. You should also change your password.

The other menu to check out – click Edit on Active Sessions. It’ll show you the open sessions, or device connections. Again, something you don’t recognise? Close it, change your password.   Just one caveat – be conscious of the impact of mobile network centres. For example, if I’m travelling, I’ll sometimes use my phone as a hotspot to get my laptop online.  A Facebook login for that day (when I might be in Manchester) could show the actual location as being Newbury (where my mobile phone provider is physically based). Just one to watch out for!

  1. Strangely I was looking at the same information yesterday following an email which appeared to be from Facebook stating there was an unauthorised login on my account from Peterborough.

    The email appeared to check out, so hunted around Google (as I wasn’t aware of this info).

    Checked out the FB page, and there was nothing listed, so guessing the email was spam.

    It’s very strange how many people don’t check this sort of thing!

  2. Indeed it is. Just reminded me though – quick edit to make on the subject of mobile access!

  3. Comment from my friend Joan over on LinkedIn:
    “You can also have notifications sent to your phone if an unknown device tries to access your FB, GMAIL or Twitter. That’s what I’ve done! There are so many spooks out there – Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy”

    If I get time to research all those options too, I’ll post on it!

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