Kevan is back with another episode of Scambook TV. In today’s episode, Kevan reveals one super easy tip to boost your Facebook security and protect your account from hackers. He tells us how to close your Facebook Active Sessions. Closing your Active Sessions only takes a minute but it can be hard to find the right Security menu on Facebook’s site, so our step-by-step video guide shows you exactly where to click. Login to Facebook and follow along with Kevan and Scambook TV!


What are Facebook Active Sessions and Why Should I Close Them?

On Facebook, an “Active Session” refers to any computer or mobile device (like an Android smartphone or iPad tablet) that’s currently logged into your account.

It’s common to have multiple Active Sessions if you own multiple gadgets, or if you ever surf Facebook on a friend’s computer or log in from the public library. And unless you actually click “sign out” each time you’re done, you may still be logged into Facebook on that device — sometimes even if you close the browser or turn off the computer. That’s a Facebook Active Session.

Why do Active Sessions matter? How do you increase your security by closing an Active Session? There’s two reasons why you should examine your Active Sessions on Facebook and close them:

1. An Active Session on someone else’s computer leaves you vulnerable. If someone else gets into your Facebook account because you have an Active Session on a public computer, for example, that person has access to tons of your private personal information and personal information about your friends.

If they’re clever enough, they could use your Facebook profile to commit identity theft — not to mention all kinds of unpleasant social media mischief.

2. An Active Session could be a remote hacker. Active Sessions display the Internet browser and device where you logged in, as well as the time and general location. This is a very useful way to detect Facebook hackers.

if you’re reviewing your Active Sessions and you see a login from a computer you know you’ve never used (for example, if you only use Macs and the device is a Windows PC) or if the location is a place you’ve never been, it could be a hacker. As Kevan mentions in the video, he had an unrecognized Active Session from Mesa, Arizona. He’s never visited Mesa, Arizona!


How to Close Your Facebook Active Sessions: 5 Super Easy Steps

Facebook Active Sessions pose a potential security risk, but the good news is that they’re very easy to close and it only takes a minute. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1. When you’re logged in, click the Settings icon in the upper right hand corner.

Facebook Screenshot Showing Settings Button

Step 2. Go to Account Settings.

Step 3. On the left hand menu, click Security. (It’s the second option from the top, right below General)

Screenshot of Facebook Account Settings with Security Highlighted

Next, click “Security” — you’ll see it right below “General” in your Facebook Account Settings.

Step 4. From the Security Settings screen, you’ll see an option at the bottom for Active Sessions. To right of this, click the link to Edit.

Screenshot of Facebook Security Settings

You’ll find “Active Sessions” at the very bottom. Click “Edit.”

Step 5. Click “End Activity” on the right hand side to end each Active Session.

Screenshot of Facebook Active Sessions Page

Final step! Click “End Activity” next to each Active Session.

And that’s all there is to it! Do this whenever you login to Facebook from your primary device (like your home computer) and you’ll help reduce your odds of being hacked via Facebook.


Have You Ever Been Hacked on Facebook?

Has your Facebook ever been hacked? Tell us your experience in the comments and we might feature the most dramatic stories in a future video!

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See Also

Facebook Privacy Bug Exposes 6 Million User Phone Numbers, Emails
Dangerous Facebook Trojan Virus Can Empty Your Bank Account
Facebook Hoax Alert: Fake Virus Warning Scares Microsoft Windows Users

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About The Author

Miranda Perry is the staff writer for, where she blogs about consumer issues, fraud and cyber security. She hopes to inspire readers to think critically about the world around them and take action to improve their lives.

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9 Responses

  1. chuck steaks

    thanks for the tip on closin down fecesbook. wer u able to buy strovkas in the ipo? if so good luck?! we the pepolppes wer not able to buy out zuckerboyo!

  2. Wylene Taylor

    I did exactly what Kevan said to do and ended everything except the last on….from Gray, Ga. It wouldn’t end. What do I do to end it. I happen to know someone from that town, and I sure don’t want HIM watching what I’m doing on Facebook.

  3. Regina

    Hi, my business facebook account was twice illegaly claimed by somebody else and they deleted everything and changed contact details so nobody can see our website or call us,..
    I tried to contact Facebook on several occations. I emailed them so many times with my ID and proof that it is my business..Nothing happened, I had to make new page and start over again..
    I asked my manager to claim the page so nobody can do it again..I would love to find out who done it..Is there any way? Thank you

  4. NIGAM

    hey my id is hacked and i do all process to unhack my id but it didnt show end activity what can i do to prevent it

  5. Help_please

    Hi there, I had a guy threaten me on Facebook the other day, saying he will find me. It scared me. My fb account has no personal info on it, not even my real name, but if he was in my account he could see the town I’m from. My photo was on there too actually. I just noticed an active session started this morning from a town about 10 hours away. Can he really find me?? Please help….

    • Miranda Perry

      Hi, thanks for your comment. If someone has been making threats against you or your family and you feel unsafe, you should contact your local law enforcement (police, sheriff, etc.) right away.


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