Facebook is very familiar with data breaches. We have just heard about one. Recently, the Mark Zuckerberg-owned social network platform leaked more than 500,000,000 users’ data to a hacker site. It involved more than 500 million users from 106 countries including India.
Leaked information included names, addresses, and Facebook IDs. Email addresses and birthdates were also included. It might concern most people, and it might make you wonder if your information is being used to identify you. Guess what? These are the steps to help you find out.
What can you do to find out if your data was compromised by Facebook? #1
A report from The Verge reveals that there are 2 ways. It works. The first method uses your email ID. However, the second requires you to provide your telephone number.
You will need to go to “Have My Been Pwned?” website to begin the first step. To see if your data was affected by the Facebook breach, you’ll need to enter an email ID. You can also see the details of all data breaches that have occurred so you are safe moving forward.
The site also shows you if the leaked email ID has been “pasted” to another website. This is a good thing. You can also find ways to stay safe online.
What can you do to find out if your data was compromised by Facebook? #2
The second method is a website called “The News Each Day”. It checks your phone number for signs of compromise. The aforementioned site is also exploring this functionality.
You will need to go on the website and provide your number. This website focuses on the Facebook data breach. It also allows people to see whether they are involved.
It is only for US users.
These are only a few of the ways you can determine if your data has been compromised. If you suspect you have been hacked, it is worth changing to stronger passwords and using password managers. For an additional layer of security, you can enable biometrics and two-factor authentication.
Even if your data isn’t being breached, it is important to protect your privacy.