Are you still using Facebook? If so, are you sure you want to stay there? Zuckerberg’s infamous platform has announced yet another security breach exposing private data from 50 million people to would-be criminals. This time, hackers used the “View As” feature, which allows you to see how others see your profile and how much information you expose, to steal login tokens and effectively take control of accounts.
Even more frighteningly, the vulnerability isn’t new – they knew about it in 2017. While we can’t force Facebook to become more responsible, we can teach you how to keep yourself safe.
Here’s how to tell if you you were hacked and what to do about it.
• Check for Logged In Devices: Go to Settings, Security, and then Login. Check the list of logged in devices carefully. If you see anything you don’t recognize, it’s a red flag. You can force devices to log out using this method regularly.
• Check for Suspicious Posts: Is your profile littered with posts you don’t remember making? Unless you were recently involved in a lot of high-volume drinking, someone else may have control over your account. Spam posts selling products are an especially large red flag.
• Follow Facebook’s Prompts: If you recently received a notification from the platform saying you were affected by the breach, click on the notification. It will bring you to information from Facebook. Read it over carefully and follow all requirements, such as changing your password.
• Change Your Password: Whether you have been hacked or not, it’s wise to change your password every month or two. Randomly-generated strings containing at least 16 letters, numbers, and symbols (such as the exclamation mark) work best, but even simply using a new and unique phrase helps.
• Protect Yourself: NEVER send sensitive information over Facebook, including your address, bank account information, credit card information. Be cautious about what you share regarding your day-to-day schedule, too; it’s easy for a criminal to find that information, track you, and use it or break into your house when they know you’ll be away.
• Assume You Have No Privacy: Facebook claims to protect user privacy, but we’re questioning that with so many breaches. As a general rule, assume that anything you share is not public, whether it’s in a private message or on your wall. At the end of the day, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.