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View your last Facebook login time and location

If you have a suspicion that somebody else is accessing your Facebook account, the first thing you should do is change your password as fast as possible. And don’t just modify it, but use a completely new and hard to guess password. Someone could’ve “guessed” your password through social engineering ─that’s why it’s always a bad idea to include the name of your pet, your year of birth or other publicly available personal information in your password─ or your login details could’ve been unknowingly exposed to a hacker after clicking a malicious link.

You can have a gut feeling about unauthorized access to your account, but did you know Facebook is also offering an option to verify your suspicion? We found out after Refacer Kailash contacted us with the following question:

If I want to see my last login time for misuse prevention of my account, then which option would be helpful?

Facebook indeed allows you to check up on your most recent account activity, including the time of your last login, but the security feature is tucked away in your account settings. Here’s how to view the date and location details of your last Facebook session(s):

  1. On Facebook, click “Account” in the top right corner and select “Account Settings” (or click here for a direct link).
  2. Under the default Settings tab, look for the “Account Security” option and click the “change” link.
  3. First you’ll see the option to receive login notifications via SMS (if you’ve given Facebook your mobile phone number) or email whenever a new computer or mobile device logs into your account.
  4. Below, there’ll be an overview of your most recent account activity with the date and time of access, the approximate location(based on information retrieved from the ISP or wireless carrier, and the device type (ie. the browser and the operating system).

Last Facebook login time, location

If you only see your current session, there’s nothing to worry about. But if you see anything out of the ordinary, like a far away location you were certainly not around, you should click the “end activity” link and change your password. Be advised that you should always end sessions on any public computers you use (eg. at work, at school, at the library, etc) but if you forgot to do so, you can still remotely log out via this page.

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View your last Facebook login time and location Posted by on September 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM. Use this trackback if you're linking this story.

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