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On September 25th, Facebook had a massive security breach. This breach affected close to 50 million user accounts. This attack is a reminder about the dangers posed when a small number of companies like Facebook or the credit bureau Equifax, that have so much personal data about an individual without adequate security measures. As a social media users, we need to do everything we can to ensure that we protect our privacy as much as possible.

The bugs that enabled the attack have been patched, according to Facebook. The attackers could see everything in a victim’s profile, although it is still unclear if that includes private messages or any other data that could have been misused. To fix the problem, Facebook automatically logged out 90 million Facebook users from their accounts on Friday morning. 50 million were the people that Facebook knows were affected, and an additional 40 million that potentially could have been attacked. Facebook also confirmed that third-party sites that those users logged into with their Facebook accounts could also have been affected.

What can you do to protect from the Facebook breach?

Change your passwords – The most important thing you can do to protect yourself is change your password on your accounts. If you are like most people, you not only log into Facebook with your password, but you access other apps with your Facebook account. In an effort to protect all your accounts, change your password immediately.

Update your settings – You can go in and disallow or curtail Facebook’s access to your personal information. To edit the privacy and settings for your apps and games:

1. Click in the top right of Facebook and select Settings.
2. Click Apps in the left menu.
3. Click an app or game to edit its settings.
4. Click Save.

Control your permissions – Facebook’s Help Center  shows you how to adjust your permissions. Permissions allow you to review the information you’d be providing before you proceed; how to contact the developer of an app or a game to request that they delete the data about you that they have collected; and how to turn off Facebook’s integration with apps, games and websites.

Be careful what you click on – Don’t click on recommended pages or profiles; these come from algorithms, and feedback into them.

Don’t use Facebook to log into other apps – Don’t use your Facebook login, for example, when you log in to other apps or services; you are giving those secondary providers access to everything in your Facebook profile. Keep in mind that apps running in the background on your phone are still collecting data.

If you feel like you have been breached. Contact Protek at 801.290.0388 and we will look into it for you. It is always better to be safe than sorry.