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3 Things To Do After The Facebook Attack

Facebook has been hacked and now 50 million users may be vulnerable. While we don't know a whole lot about what caused the leak, it's a good idea to be proactive and take steps to protect your information.

The first thing to secure are apps that use those "Sign In With Facebook" buttons. Signing into other apps using your Facebook account is easy, since it prevents you from having to create multiple accounts. But doing so means that if your Facebook account is vulnerable, then so are your accounts on all these apps. So how can you protect yourself?

Check if your account is compromised

An easy way to check if your account is compromised is by seeing if there are any unverified logins to apps not made by you (for example, if you live in Vancouver, but one of your accounts shows a login location from New York.) Here's how you can check:

  1. Go to your Facebook Settings
  2. Click on Security and Login
  3. Look under Where You're Logged In

If you spot any unusual login devices or locations, then you may have been hacked.

Change your password

Whether or not your account seems to have been compromised, it's a good idea to change your password, anyway, since it's more than likely been in use for several months if not years. To change your password:

  1. Go to your Facebook Settings
  2. Click on Security and Login
  3. Under Login, click edit next to Change Password.
  4. Update your password to something secure: 10 or more characters, and a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Take Preventive Measures

Remember that prevention is always the best tool against hacking. Update your password every month, especially if you'll be using Facebook to access other apps. You should also consider turning on 2-factor authentication. 2-factor authentication (2FA) lets you secure your account much better than with just a static password and using devices such as a FIDO U2F security key can make adding 2FA a breeze. Learn more about how 2FA can protect you.

Of course, this doesn't just apply to Facebook. Make sure you take these steps for any account you have that grants access to multiple apps, such as your Google account, and keep yourself safe before you get hacked.

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