It’s been less than a year since the Cambridge Analytica catastrophe rocked Facebook and its millions of users to their core. Unfortunately, things have only gone from bad to worse for the social media giant. In early October, news leaked of yet another data breach reportedly affecting over 50 million users. This second security blunder is starting to make people question how important their privacy really is to the company. Facebook has come out saying that the security breach was brought on by a sophisticated three-part plan devised by hackers to take advantage of a massive hole Facebook left open for an entire year. This hole allowed hackers to steal access tokens of users thus making it possible to login to people’s accounts.
Now, I’m sure you, as well as the other 50 million affected, are wondering if your account credentials were compromised in this breach. Fortunately, there is an easy way to find out! By going to this site, https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords, you can easily type in your Facebook password (or any password you are currently using) to discover whether or not it has been exposed in any recorded data breach. This is a helpful tool in determining whether your passwords are secure or need to be changed immediately.
Data breaches of this magnitude also bring along with them a wave of privacy paranoia leading users to pass along fake information. Currently, many users are buying into the claim that due to the data breach, their names and personal information is now being used to create fake Facebook profiles. Facebook representatives were quick to respond to the accusations stating the pandemonium surrounding fake profiles is nothing more than a bogus chainmail-like scam that is being passed around in posts made by distressed users.
Of course, a major data breach would rattle anyone, but there is no need to pass along false information. The best thing users can do is change their Facebook passwords, whether they have been compromised or not, and disconnect from all Facebook associated apps/websites. (This being any app/website that you login to by “logging in with Facebook”.)
For more information about data breaches and password safety be sure to check out www.threatadvice.com for cybersecurity education and training for your company. And as always stay cyber safe!