Recently, Facebook users began receiving emails threatening to block their accounts if they did not turn on Facebook Protect. Many people felt it could be an attempted phishing or scam scam. Was this fear justified? Let's analyze it.
- 1 What is Facebook Protect?
- 2 Is the email asking me to turn on Facebook Protect real?
- 3 What does an email from"[email protected]" look like?
- 4 Ways to verify the authenticity of an email received from Facebook:
- 5 How do I respond to a Facebook Protect email?
- 6 How to respond to fake emails about Facebook Protect?
- 7 What should you do if you are a victim of a fake Facebook Protect email?
- 8 Is"[email protected]" a secure email address?
- 9 Summary
What is Facebook Protect?
Facebook Protect is a feature that secures the accounts of people who are particularly vulnerable to attacks by cybercriminals. If a user's account is identified as potentially compromised, Facebook sends them an email asking them to enable the feature.
Is the email asking me to turn on Facebook Protect real?
Facebook confirms that the email from [email protected] is authentic. So if you've received such an email, you don't have to worry that it's an attempt to phish for your data. Nevertheless, the warning it contains is true - if you do not enable Facebook Protect, you will be logged out of your account.
What does an email from"[email protected]" look like?
Facebook sends special security emails to accounts with a large reach, managing key pages or having a high community impact.
In the message, Facebook says that the person receiving it has a wide reach on the platform, which could make him or her more vulnerable to attacks from cybercriminals. To counter this, the email encourages people to enable Facebook Protect on their accounts, an exclusive option available to a limited number of users.
Ways to verify the authenticity of an email received from Facebook:
- Messages from Facebook to activate Facebook Protect are sent from the address"[email protected]". Check if the message you received is from another address. If so, there is a risk of fraud.
- Facebook does not send links to activate Facebook Protect and does not encourage users to log in directly from an email. If there are such links or buttons in your email, it is likely a scam attempt.
How do I respond to a Facebook Protect email?
If you have received an email from Facebook asking you to enable Facebook Protect, you should not click on any of the links in the message - to enable Facebook Protect you should do it yourself by going into your Facebook account settings. Here's how to do it:
- Log in to your account.
- Go here: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security
- Enable Facebook Protect
How to respond to fake emails about Facebook Protect?
If the email you allegedly received from Facebook asking you to enable Facebook Protect does not meet the above conditions, it is most likely a scam attempt. Therefore, be careful not to fall victim to such manipulation.
Do not click on any links or buttons contained in the email that purport to activate Facebook Protect or allow you to log in. Otherwise, you may become a victim of hacking into your Facebook account. Also, definitely avoid downloading or opening any attachments attached to e-mails. Otherwise, your browser may become infected or your device infected.
What should you do if you are a victim of a fake Facebook Protect email?
If you've been fooled by a fake email scam about Facebook Protect, you should take steps immediately to minimize the potential damage. If your account was hacked after clicking on a link in an email, don't waste time and immediately regain access to your Facebook account.
Once you have recovered your account, make sure that no changes have been made to the administrator privileges on your Facebook pages; review recent posts added by your account; check the comments added from your profile; and review any other actions that could negatively affect your reputation.
Notify your friends about what happened and warn them not to follow anything they received from you while you were unable to access your account. You should also disconnect any apps or sites where your account was used to log in. These are the basic steps you should take if your Facebook account is hacked.
If you clicked on a link in an email that downloaded a program, remove it and run a malware scan to make sure your device is not infected.
Is"[email protected]" a secure email address?
The email address [email protected] is the address Facebook uses to send security-related messages to its users. If you receive an email from this address, it is real and comes from Facebook. You should follow the instructions in the email.
Although the email from [email protected] may look suspicious, it is real. Facebook is sending it to users who may be vulnerable to cybercriminals, encouraging them to enable Facebook Protect. If you receive such an email, you should follow the instructions in it to make your account more secure.
For more information, click here: https://www.facebook.com/help/1052552578831700