Facebook users are once again, thrust into uncertainty as yet another security breach is identified. This time 30million users had their so-called access tokens— which keep you logged into your account, so you don’t have to sign in every time—stolen by hackers.
If you are not sure if your account was affected by the breach head to the Facebook page here:https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec
Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see a header that reads Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?
There might still be some confusion around the matter; a few weeks ago, Facebook logged out 90 million of its users out of an abundance of caution, making them reset their passwords and negating the access token hack. Then Facebook inserted a customised message into the News Feeds of the 30 million people whose accounts were actually impacted, based on the extent of the damage.
“People’s accounts have already been secured by the action we took two weeks ago to reset the access tokens for people who were potentially exposed—no one needs to log out again, and no one needs to change their password,” says Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of product management. “We’ll be explaining what information the attackers may have accessed as well as steps they can take to help protect themselves from any suspicious emails or text messages or calls that could potentially result from this kind of information being exposed. ”
So click on the link to facebook and you will see a notice at the bottom about your facebook page status. If it says that based on what Facebook knows so far, you’re not impacted, you should be in the clear pending any revelations. The company says that one million of the 30 million people who had their access tokens stolen didn’t have any of their data comprised.
The remaining 29 million users will see one of two messages, depending on the extent of the damage. Fifteen million of them had their name, email addresses, and phone number accessed by hackers. While that’s not ideal by any accounting, the remaining 14 million Facebook users are left with a much worse result.
In addition to the basic contact information above, the list of details hackers accessed is long: username, date of birth, gender, devices you used Facebook on, and your language settings, at the very least. If you filled out the relationship status, religion, hometown, current city, work, education, or website sections of your profile, they got that too. And most unsettling of all, they could have accessed the 10 most recent locations you checked into or were tagged in, and the 15 most recent searches you’ve entered into the Facebook search bar.
Facebook says they’ve seen no signs yet that attackers used its access tokens to infiltrate third-party apps and services, as was technically possible. And it maintains that no account passwords or credit card information was compromised.
The issue remains though, that the affects of a data breach are sometimes not immediate. Phishers and scammers can use and sell personal data for years to come.
Importantly, users of social media need to be very cautious about the information they post on social media. Start thinking before posting, “what harm could be done if I posted this information”. With holidays coming up it is important that those who post to social media are careful about the information they are giving out.
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