How to protect your Facebook Page from hacking or theft

Online security is a major concern, especially when you manage a Facebook Page that is important to your business or community. Preventing your Page from being hacked is crucial to preserving your reputation and protecting sensitive information. Follow these essential tips to strengthen the security of your Facebook Page and minimise the risk of hacking.

Practical tips for preventing your Facebook Page from being hacked or stolen

Use Two-factor Authentication (TFA)

Two-Factor Authentication adds an extra layer of security by asking for additional confirmation when you log in. Activate this feature in the security settings of your Facebook account to ensure that only authorised users can access your page.

Manage Roles and Authorisations with Care

Limit access by assigning appropriate roles to each member of your team. Grant only the authorisations they need to carry out their tasks. Avoid giving each person full access to the page, thereby reducing the risk of compromise.

Be vigilant against phishing

Be wary of suspicious links or requests for sensitive information received by email or direct messages. Facebook will never ask you for your password by email. Always check the authenticity of requests before sharing information.

Update your Login Information Regularly

Change your passwords frequently and use complex combinations of letters, numbers and special characters. Avoid using personal information that is easy to guess.

Monitor Suspicious Activity

Regularly check the activity logs for your page. If you notice any unexpected or unauthorised actions, react immediately. Report them to Facebook and take the necessary steps to secure your account.

Educate your team

Make your team aware of security best practices. Train them on the potential risks and signs of attempted hacking. The more aware your team is, the less vulnerable they will be.

Configure connection notifications

Activate login notifications in your account security settings. This way, you’ll receive an alert every time a new device connects to your account, allowing you to quickly detect any suspicious activity.

Stay informed about new threats

Cyber security is constantly evolving. Keep up to date with the latest threats and adopt proactive measures to continually strengthen the security of your page.

Practical example: How to secure your Facebook Page effectively

Securing the account that manages the Facebook Page

The first step in securing a Facebook account is to strengthen the password used to connect to the platform. It’s relatively simple: just follow the steps below:

  • Go to Settings
  • Then go to Password and Security
  • In Password and Security,
  • Start by changing the password to a new, more complex one
  • Next, activate two-factor authentication.
  • Remember to add connection alerts

The video below is more explicit and will show you how to configure two-factor authentication.

Claim ownership of your Page by creating a Meta Business account

If you already have a Facebook Page and want to create a Meta Business account to manage that Page and other business features, follow these steps:

  1. Access Meta Business Suite :
  2. Go to Meta Business Suite in your browser.
  3. Connect to your Facebook account :
  4. Log in to your Facebook account associated with the Page you want to manage using your login details.
  5. Add or choose a Page:
  6. If you already have a Page, it should appear automatically. If you manage several Pages, select the one you want to link to the Meta Business account.
  7. Fill in the business information:
  8. Follow the instructions to fill in the business information for your Meta Business account. This can include details about your company, location, industry, etc.
  9. Identity Verification (if required):
  10. Depending on your location and type of business, you may be asked to go through an identity verification process. Provide the information required to complete this step.
  11. Access to Marketing Tools :
  12. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll have access to Meta Business Suite, the interface that lets you manage your page, create ads, view statistics, etc.
  13. Configure Settings :
  14. Explore the different tabs in Meta Business Suite to configure your marketing settings, including advertising, page management, messages, etc.
  15. Content Management and Advertising:
  16. Use Meta Business Suite to schedule posts, create ads, and manage your page content.
  17. Performance analysis :
  18. Use the built-in analysis tools to track the performance of your page and your advertising campaigns.
  19. Account security:
  20. Make sure you reinforce the security of your account by activating two-factor authentication and regularly monitoring your security settings.

Best practices to avoid having your Facebook Page stolen

  • Be cautious about advertising partnership offers
  • Beware of Facebook alert messages: you should check the source of Facebook messages.
  • Avoid external links

All these best practices for securing your Facebook page are explained in detail in the video above.

By applying these tips, you will considerably reduce the risk of your Facebook page being hacked. Vigilance and prevention are the keys to maintaining a secure online presence and protecting your company’s reputation.

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