Avoid Facebook Account Hacks by Enabling Login Notification Feature

May 14, 2010

in Internet,News

Every Facebook user wants to keep his/her account safe from prying eyes and hackers. Keeping this in mind Facebook has added an extra layer of security in its security settings by introducing “notifications for logins from new devices” feature.
How Facebook Login Notification feature Works?

To get this feature working, first of all you need to enable the notifications from your facebook Account Settings and then you have to register your computers you use to access your facebook account. For any login to your facebook account from a unregistered computer (probably the one you never used before) or unregistered mobile device, facebook notifies you via Email or SMS about your facebook account hack.

How to Enable and Customize Facebook Login Notification Feature

Follow the steps given below to enable the notifications for every login to your facebook account from the new devices (which you have never used in the past to access facebook).

Step 1: Enabling Notifications for logins from New Devices

In the top right portion of your Facebook profile page or homepage you can see three tabs namely Home, Profile, Account. Click on the Account tab and then click on the Account Settings in the drop down menu (see the screenshot below)
Facebook account settings

After clicking on the Account Settings tab you will land up on a page where you can customize your account settings by changing your name, username, email etc. Scroll down the page you’re on, click on the second last option of Account Security.

Here you can enable notifications for logins to your facebook account  from new devices. Click on Yes and then hit the Submit button. This will enable Login notifications for your facebook account.

Step 2: Facebook Computer Registration

Now Logout your facebook account and then login again. Just after login you will see a page prompting you to register your computer.

Name your computer whatever you want and also specify whether you want Facebook to remember the computer being registered or not. For public computers make sure you leave this box unchecked and for personal computers it should be checked.

Similarly you can register other computers or mobile devices too by following the same procedure mention above. For managing your registered computers, go to Account (in top right corner of facebook homepage) >> Account Settings >> Account Security.

Facebook account security

Now for any login to your facebook account from an unregistered computer, facebook will send you notifications via email or SMS.

Note: If you  will clear your browser cookies for any reason after registering  a computer then you would have to register it again.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mark May 20, 2010 at 2:01 am

I’ve registered almost all the computers at my home 😀


2 Hariharakumar May 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Nice move by Facebook, I think we will see more good feature added soon.


3 Amit June 25, 2010 at 12:37 am

Hi Shahab,

Can i get the log in notifications on my mobile phone in addition to my email whenever someone log in to my account from some public computer?


4 Shahab June 27, 2010 at 2:40 am

Hi Amit,

Thanks for commenting.
You can add your mobile phones to receive the login notifications on mobile by going to your “Account settings”. There will see number of tabs like settings, network, mobile etc. Select the mobile tab and add your mobile phone to your facebook account.


5 Matt July 18, 2010 at 2:26 am


if someone hacks my account on facebook will the notification gives me information about the location of the device that hacked my account?


6 Shahab July 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Hi matt!

No it won’t give you the location of the device through which your Account was accessed. The exact email that you will get from facebook in this kind of situation is as follows.


A new device named “Device name” was added to your Facebook account (Today at –:–am/pm).

If this device was added without your permission, please remove it from your account immediately, then change your password.

If this was an authorized login, please ignore this email.

To remove this device and change your password:

1. Log in to your Facebook account.
2. Click the Account tab at the top of the screen and select “Account Settings” from the drop-down menu.
3. Scroll down to the Account Security section and click the “change” link.
4. Find the name of the unauthorized device and click the “remove” link next to it.
5. Scroll up to the Password section of the Account Settings page.
6. Click the “change” link on the right and follow the instructions.

You can learn more about the Login Notifications feature here: http://www.facebook.com/help/?topic=loginnotifications

The Facebook Team


7 shellbrash August 5, 2010 at 1:05 am

are there any email providers (yahoo, gmail…) that offer a similar notification when the account is accessed?


8 Shahab August 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I am not 100% sure but I think there is no such facility with any email service providers.


9 Rob October 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm

You don’t get notifications, however, if you go to a site like Gmail, you can click the “Details” link beside the IP address in parentheses, and it will give you a history of your most recent logins along with their IP’s.


10 Shahab October 6, 2010 at 4:51 am

First of all thanks for letting us know about the Gmail’s Details link feature Rob! That’s really a cool feature. Btw once you have registered your PC with your Facebook account, then on login to your facebook account from unregistered computer, you will receive a login notification from facebook.


11 Lorna October 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I don’t get the pop-up window about registering my computer, is there any other way I can get on to this?


12 Shahab October 6, 2010 at 4:45 am

Hello Lorna!
After following step1 just re-login to your Facebook account and you will be redirected to a page where you can register your computer. Its very easy, give it a try once more.


13 adikted1210 June 14, 2011 at 7:58 am


I’ve activated this feature in facebook and it does provide the IP Address of the computer where it is accessed, so its easier to track their location. Now, what if I mistakenly disabled a device, is there a way to enable it again?



14 Shahab June 15, 2011 at 8:22 am


You can enable it again. If you mistakenly disable a registered device, in other words you remove the registered device from the list of registered devices, then you can again register the same device. I hope this helps. Let me know in case you have any issues in doing that.



15 adikted1210 June 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

Thank you Shabab! I’ve been looking for an answer for that for the past 2 days already.. :))


16 Ankan July 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm

i have enabled the security security notification of namin my device…. Now every time i try to log in it shows a message error..Plz help me out…


17 gina August 8, 2011 at 1:03 am

Hi, please help. Someone keeps hacking into my son’s FB account and email account. I keep changing the passwords but they are still getting in. I went to FB security and enabled the login notifications and approvals, however under recognized devices the hacker’s device is listed. I keep clicking the remove button but it won’t remove. please help!!!


18 Shahab September 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Hi gina,

You should do two things. Firstly change your facebook password as soon as possible. Secondly, you must change the password of the email address linked to your facebook account. This is the same email address on which you get all your facebook notification emails. Once these steps are done the hacker wouldn’t be able to get into your account. Also give this article a read: 3 Facebook Advanced Security Features To Make Your Facebook Account More Secure. I am sure it will be helpful to you.


19 Jauqueline Koorn November 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

how can i remove Login Notifications enabled from my account???


20 boookz June 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

hey mate I just enabled the SMS aproval thing. Wondering if some charges may apply?


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