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Published date: September 30, 2018 | Category: Advertisement | Location: Ocean Park, Washington, United States
Facebook has said that passwords have not been stolen or affected.
Facebook has suffered its most serious security breach till date as accounts of over 50 million people have been hacked. The accounts that have been compromised include the Facebook accounts of Mark Zuckerberg, who is the CEO of the company, and accounts of chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Facebook has said that an additional 40 million accounts were also at risk of hacking. The security breach is due to a bug in View As feature, which has now been fixed. Although, as a Facebook users you still need to be very careful.
Before we tell you more about what you need to do to keep your account safe, let's address the key question: how do you know that your Facebook account is in the 50 million -- or rather 90 million -- accounts that have been affected?
The Facebook breach, and the security bug that the social media company found, affects the security tokens. These are the tokens that associate with a Facebook account and then allow apps like Facebook, Instagram or Tinder (where you use Facebook ID to log in) to connect to Facebook servers. The tokens are issued when you log into an app or Facebook account and remain associated with your account until you don't sign out. To contain the security breach, Facebook has revoked all the affected security tokens.
In other words, this means that your Facebook account is in 90 million affected accounts, you would have found yourself logged out forcibly from Facebook app or website on Friday night (Nigerian time). Facebook so far has said that passwords have not been stolen or affected, so you don't need to change the passwords but more on this later.
Just to simplify: If you were logged out of Facebook on Friday night, or if you get logged out of the site today even though you don't recall hitting logging out button, there is a fair chance that you are one of the 90 million Facebook users who have been affected by the breach. Also, Facebook is saying once the affected users log back in, they will be shown a message telling them that their account was compromised.
Steps to secure Facebook account
Now, we come to the second part, the one where we detail what you can do. Given how big is this Facebook breach -- the hackers not only got into 50 million accounts, they also potentially stole security tokens for other accounts -- everyone should change their Facebook password. Whether you are one of the users who were logged out of Facebook last night or not, you should go into the Facebook settings and change your password immediately. This is step one. The other steps you should take are:
Check your connected apps: Facebook security tokens are used by not just Facebook but also by many other apps and websites like Tinder or Jabong or Runtastic where you have used Facebook ID. Although, if the tokens have been revoked, something Facebook says has been done, you will also find yourself logged out of these apps. But just to be safe, you should go to the Facebook security settings. Do it by logging into the account > Settings > Apps and Websites. Here you will get a list of third-party apps and websites using your Facebook ID. Select the ones that you don't use anymore or the ones that you find shady. Then revoke access. In fact, revoke access to all apps and websites and then sign in again when needed.
Use 2-factor authentication: This is for future. Although it is not perfect -- Mark Zuckerberg got hacked in the latest breach and he must be using 2-factor authentication -- turning on this feature makes your account much more secure. Here is how you do it: Log into your account > Settings > Security and Login > Two-Factor Authentication. Then follow the on-screen instructions.
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