Facebooks Data Breach and What to do About It

Red alarm light goes off after Facebook data breach

You may have heard, recently, about the Facebook data breach affecting over 50 million people.

If you were one of those affected by the breach, Facebook logged you out of your account. You should have received a notification on the top of your newsfeed about what occurred.

Facebook has also confirmed that third-party sites (websites and apps) that users logged into using their Facebook accounts may be affected.

According to Facebook, the issue is fixed. But you may be asking what do I need to know and do to prevent the loss of information stored in Facebook?

What should you do if you’ve used Facebook to log in to other apps or websites?

First, it’s a good idea to remove any apps or accounts that you may have logged into using Facebook. You can find these here:

  • On your desktop, in the top right-hand corner of your Facebook personal profile, click on the down arrow.
  • Click on Settings
  • On the left side of the page, click on “Apps and Websites”
  • At the top of the page, you’ll see “Data Access: Active, Expired and Removed”. These are apps and websites you’ve used Facebook to log into and have recently used. They can request info you chose to share with them.

You can remove the Active and Expired apps and websites that you are using Facebook to access. They will appear in the Removed folder.

*Please note that if Facebook is your only log-in to these apps or websites, you should create another log-in before you remove access to these accounts!

How can I make my Facebook pages more secure?

While Facebook says there is no need for people to change their password, there is no harm in doing so. Just make sure that your new password is secure and that you do not use it to log into other accounts. If you haven’t already, you should enable two-factor authentication, which can be found in Facebook settings.

Two-Factor Authentication is an extra layer of security used to make sure that people trying to gain access to an online account are who they say they are. Instead of immediately gaining access with a password and username, they will be required to provide another piece of information, such as a code sent to a cell-phone.

To enable two-factor authentication:

  • On your desktop, in the top right-hand corner of your Facebook personal profile, click on the down arrow.
  • Click on Settings
  • Scroll to Two-Factor Authentication in the middle of the page and select “edit”
  • Choose your options

Finally, think of Facebook as your home. Locking your front door isn’t very helpful if your garage door is open and a thief can walk right in.

Your Facebook business page is only as secure as your weakest admin.  You can help secure your page with appropriate page manager roles and good passwords.

Also, follow Facebook’s Security Page for more tips and tricks.