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419 Million Records of Facebook Users Exposed to the Internet

Critical database leak affects the social media giant.

Techcrunch is reporting that more than 419 million Facebook records were exposed to the internet within a database that wasn’t password protected, which means anyone could discover and access the contents. Each record had the user’s Facebook ID and phone number attached to the account.  

A Facebook ID is a long string of unique, publicly known numbers which can be connected to the account’s username quite easily. 

The records spanned across several geographies, including 133 million records from US Facebook accounts, 18 million UK records, and more than 50 million user records in Vietnam.

Though Facebook has restricted access to users’ phone numbers for over a year, this new revelation adds to the issue of companies using third-party servers to store private user information without proper security checks in place, or leaving these servers open to exposure by hacker groups who will sell user data on dark web marketplaces or initiate identity theft schemes. 

Unfortunately, companies cannot guarantee the safety and privacy of your data, which is why it is vital to use proper antivirus software to monitor your precious information. 

The Pro Plan of dfndr security has an Identity Theft Reports feature that can help in these ways:

  1. Register multiple email addresses to monitor all your login credentials.
  2. Receive alerts if any of your credentials are exposed.
  3. Know immediately which passwords were compromised and get help on how to repair the issue.
  4. Get a weekly security report on the status of your emails right into your inbox.

Besides this premium feature, Pro also offers these exclusive features:

Anti-theft Protection: Remotely lock your phone and erase data to prevent access and get photo evidence of a thief tampering with your device via email.

App Privacy Scan: Find out the potential privacy risk level of all your apps and see a location map to know where your app data is going.

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To better guard your personal information, try to implement these tips:

  1. Never add your address or phone number to an online service unless it is absolutely necessary. 
  2. Don’t repeat the same password on Facebook that you’ve used elsewhere and change your password every 6 months. To make it easier, use a password manager to generate strong passwords.
  3. Implement extra Facebook security measures such as two-factor authentication, either by text or through the Facebook app, activate login alerts, and choose Trusted Contacts–those friends that securely enables you to gain access if you have trouble accessing your account.