Facebook says that it wasn’t as bad as it thought it was, but are you one of the 30 million users affected? Here’s what you need to know.
In late September, Facebook announced that there was a massive data breach that could have affected up to 50 million users when hackers used the ‘View As’ feature of the platform. Yesterday, Facebook stated that the breach wasn’t as extensive as they had initially thought, and ‘only’ affected 30 million users.
Facebook believes that about 15 million of those users’ names, phone numbers, email addresses and other sensitive information was visible to the attackers.
About 14 million of that 30 million had an even wider scope of their personal data exposed to hackers, ranging from usernames, date of birth, the types of devices they used to login to Facebook and the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, as well as a myriad of other information.
A remaining 1 million users didn’t have any personal information accessed as a result of the attack.
Facebook has determined no credit card numbers were exposed as a result of the attack.
The identity of the hackers continues to remain unclear.
The FBI is investigating the hacking and Facebook says that the authorities have asked them not to discuss who may be behind the attack.
Here’s what you need to do to know if you’ve been hacked:
- Visit the Facebook Help center link after logging into your Facebook account.
- Scroll down to the section with the header: ‘Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?’
- Users will be given a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer. For users that weren’t affected, they don’t need to take any immediate steps.
- For users who were affected, Facebook will give users a list of data they believe was accessed by hackers.
- Affected users will be able to discern whether they were part of the 15 million users whose name and contact information was accessed, or the 14 million that had broader information accessed.
- They may also be part of the 1 million users whose access token was stolen, but no personal information was accessed.
- Users should receive a ‘customized message’ in the next few days telling them further preventative measures they can take to protect their account.
Source: Daily Mail
But that’s just to determine if you’ve been affected.
What do you do to protect yourself?
If you decide to continue using Facebook, you should set up two-factor authentification.
The two-factor authentification requires both a password and a unique code to log onto the site. If someone tries accessing your account, you will be texted an authentication code.
Here’s how to do it:
- In the upper right corner of your screen, click the upside-down triangle menu, then click on Settings.
- Select the Security sub-menu.
- Click on Login Approvals, then check the box that reads “Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers.” Facebook will then send a test code to your phone to approve the service.
- Additionally, if you want to enable support for the Google Authenticator app or third-party services like Authy, you’ll also want to turn on the Code Generator.This gives you a QR code you can scan with the Google Authenticator or Authy apps; from there, you can generate random approval codes whether that device is connected to the internet or not.
Facebook has been great in so many ways, but we really need to consider — is it worth it?
The power seems to be getting to them and they seem to be indifferent to their users as well as the content providers.
Social Media(D) thinks that it knows best, and knows what you should think.
And we know exactly what they want you to think.
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