After Facebook’s recent hack. How do you know you’re a hacker and protect yourself?
More than 533 million accounts from 106 countries with sensitive information found in hacking forum
Over the past few days, information has been revealed about the leaking of personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users around the world online.
More specifically, more than 533 million accounts from 106 countries have been found to contain phone numbers, full names, sites, email addresses and other sensitive information made public in a hacking forum.
According to Insider, Facebook’s latest hack adds to more than 4 billion online records that have been stolen or accidentally leaked in the past 10 years, according to data from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
« This is old data previously reported in 2019, which detected and repaired this problem in August 2019, » a Facebook spokesman said on Twitter.
For those who may still have the same full name, date of birth, mobile phone number, actual address or email address we used in 2019, this leaked data is still sensitive, here’s how to find out if your details are among the leaked information.
Step 1: How do you know you’re hacked ?
Checking to see if you’re affected is very simple, just visit Have I was Pwned and enter your email address.
Just click « Pwned » next to the search bar, if your account is not hacked, you’ll get a green page that says « good news, » with tips on how to increase security.
If your account details are leaked, you’ll see a red screen that says, « Oh. No, » he tells you how many data breaches were found for the same email and if they were « pasted » on another website.
The site is a project by security researcher Troy Hunt, dedicated to alerting people to whether their personal details were leaked in any of the major documented security violations, including the recent Facebook incident.
If your email address (and associated account) is leaked in any of the violations, the site will tell you about the specific violation involved, location or service that has been affected.
Step 2: Avoid leaks
If you find yourself a victim of this latest violation on Facebook or any other hack, it is recommended that you change your passwords in the affected account and any other account associated with the email address.
For greater security, password management can be useful in creating particularly powerful and unique passwords, which are unlikely to be guessed, as well as stored securely.
Whether or not your details appear in the site search tool above, it is recommended to practice strong online security procedures in both cases by creating dual « 2FA » authentication in any online service that offers this, ensuring that you will need a second security check (such as a message sent to your phone) in order to access your account or change your details.