Be extra careful, everyone. If you think multiple fake accounts pretending to be you is your only problem, you could be wrong.
Apart from online trolls duplicating your Facebook accounts, apparently they have also started mass reporting legit Facebook accounts in order to take them down.
It happened to a friend of mine just this morning. See screenshot below.
If it could happen to my friend, it can definitely happen to you, too.
Well, here are a couple of steps I took in order to further secure my Facebook account in the event of future attacks and online abuse. You might want to do the same.
Secure your Facebook account now
Here are a few important tips in order to secure your own LEGIT Facebook accounts in order to prevent them from being taken down; or at the very least so that you can easily recover them in case you’ve been victimized by the attacks of these trolls.
It goes without saying that you should have already enabled “Two-Factor Authentication” for your account. If you haven’t yet, click here to know how to enable it.
Done with Two-Factor Authentication? Great! Let’s move along and protect your account some more.
These are additional measures in order to protect your account as well as your identity on Facebook.
IF YOU ARE USING A NICKNAME, SCREEN NAME OR PSEUDO NAME AS YOUR OFFICIAL IDENTITY ON FACEBOOK
(If you are actually using your legal name on Facebook already, skip to STEP 2 below)
Make sure to enter your BIRTH NAME as optional information in order to associate it with your Facebook account. The step-by-step instructions are on the image below.
CONFIRM YOUR IDENTITY BY SUBMITTING YOUR ID TO FACEBOOK
Have your official government issued ID (Driver’s License, Passport, Marriage Certificate, Voter’s ID, etc.) ready and on hand because you’ll need it during this process.
This is also the reason why STEP 1 is very important for people not using their birth name/full name on Facebook.
By submitting your ID/Document, Facebook can easily match them to your legal/birth name, reinforcing the legitimacy of your account.
The step-by-step instructions are also on an image below.
After submitting your ID, just be patient while Facebook verifies the documents you have uploaded.
Upon checking back after a few hours, I noticed that the status of my Identity Confirmation has already been “Confirmed.” Nice! See image below.
That’s it. While there is no guarantee that your account will not be disabled or taken down in the event of a malicious attack, this process adds another layer of security to your account and allows Facebook to better identify and determine that your account is legit and authentic.
Submitting your ID is safe and secure. Plus, it is necessary for Facebook in order to detect and prevent risks such as IMPERSONATION or ID THEFT.
In Facebook’s own words…
I hope these steps will help secure your account in the future and hopefully make it easier for everyone to recover deactivated accounts (due to mass reporting by trolls).
Stay safe and vigilant.