Visitors to the Facebook page of the Division of Culture got the shock of their lives on Wednesday when they were greeted with sultry images and videos. Word began spreading around that something was not right, and it appeared that the page was hacked.
On Thursday, it was confirmed on another Facebook page, Culture Dominica, what everyone was talking about–the page was indeed hacked.
“Our main Facebook page Commonwealth of Dominica Division of Culture was hacked,” the post reads. “Both our in-staff and external admins have been locked and deleted of (sic) the account. However, we have a team putting in work to try to regain access back to the page.
“The division is now appealing for assistance to report the hacked page and posts being made.”
“Hopefully we will be back soon because the Independence Season is quickly approaching and we have a lot to share with you,” the message said. “For those who messaged and called to inquire, we say thank you.”
Facebook page hacking is not a new thing. Many people have complained of their pages being hacked into without ever being able to retrieve them.
There are some methods, suggested by tech experts, which can be employed to make a page harder to hack.
Among the most common is the two-factor authentication where you enter a special numerical code in addition to your password when you log in from a new device. So even when a hacker gets your login email and password, they cannot access your account without a code.
To activate two-factor authentication, go to Settings & Privacy → Settings → Meta Accounts Center → Password and security → Two-factor authentication. There you can choose how you get your code either via text to your phone, a third-party authentication app, or through a security key.
Also, make sure the email address you signed up with on Facebook is current and the password is changed regularly.
An additional method is updating weak Facebook passwords and storing your stronger passwords somewhere safe, usually offline or off your computer altogether.
Below is the Facebook page one can visit if they think their page has been hacked