Following the personal information leak of over 500 million Facebook users, here’s what you can do to protect yourself.
The leak, reported on April 3, included Facebook IDs, phone numbers, dates of birth, biographical details and more. This information has been made public in an insecure database.
“Have I been Pwned?” is a popular website that allows you to check if your personal data has been compromised. To date, this has been done by entering your email address.
Due to the Facebook violation, however, site owner Troy Hunt said he modified the website to make phone numbers searchable for the Facebook violation as well.
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“Facebook data changed everything. There are over 500 million phone numbers, but only a few million email addresses, so> 99% of people would get a ‘miss’ when they would have had to get a hit, ”Hunt wrote in a blog post.
“There has been a lot of interest in this incident,” said Hunt, adding that he saw “almost unprecedented traffic” to the website due to the Facebook breach.
In response to a question from FOX Business, Facebook referred to an April 6 blog post.
The leak involved old data from a 2019 breach and that it had been “fixed” this time around, Facebook said.
“It is important to understand that the malicious actors obtained this data not by hacking into our systems, but by retrieving it from our platform before September 2019,” Facebook said in the blog post.
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Scratching refers to the use of automated software to extract public information from the Internet, which is then posted on online forums.
Facebook advises you to have your settings “aligned” with what you want to share publicly.
For example, update “How people find and contact you” which is under “Settings and privacy”.
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Facebook also recommends that you do a “privacy check” which includes “who can see what you share” and “how to protect your account” where you can also enable two-factor authentication.
Beyond the Facebook breach
Password leaks are one of the most common breaches of sensitive personal information. “Have I been Pwned?” will also check if your email is part of a password breach.
Google also keeps track of it in your Google Account. Go to https://myaccount.google.com/ and you might see a warning about “critical security issues”. If you click on this link, you will be taken to a page where you can perform a “security check” and change passwords that have been exposed during a data breach.