Protecting your Facebook information from hackers

Facebook reveals security incident affecting 50 million users

Facebook reveals security incident affecting 50 million users

The View As feature will let you preview that post as if you were that colleague and then as if you were any of your other Facebook friends so that you can be assured of the privacy changes that you've made to that post. Hackers used a vulnerability in the platform's code to steal other users" "access tokens' and log into their accounts.

On the blog post, Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management, stated that the company has reset the access tokens of the nearly 50 million accounts which were affected to protect their security.

The large social network said it learned this week of the attack that allowed hackers to steal "access tokens", the equivalent of digital keys that enable them to access their accounts.

According to Facebook, the hackers exploited three bugs in this feature, using its weaknesses to breach the privacy of accounts.

Using a video upload tool, which has been available on the site since July 2017, hackers were able to access users' private messages and posts, as well as retrieve information through third-party websites like Instagram, Etsy and Spotify.

Facebook has suffered two data breaches in recent memory, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which some 87 million accounts were compromised. But the benefit comes at a cost, all these platforms will share the same access credentials.

If this is the case, you'll be prompted to log back into your account as well as any other apps you use with your Facebook login. These access tokens will give them (hackers) a free hand to all the data in their accounts. So I guess there is no need to freak out, Facebook has got everything under its control now.

Damian Collins, who chairs the select committee, said: "Facebook's latest data breach demonstrates more clearly than ever why Mark Zuckerberg should face public scrutiny about the practices and policies his company employs to keep British users' data safe".

In a conference call with reporters, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company "patched the issue last night".

If you were pushed to login again, that means your account was compromised. Two-factor authentication involves the use of a one-time password as you try to log into your account. This appears to be another event when Facebook has failed to protect its users.

This can include usernames, passwords, email addresses and any personal details associated with your account including name, address and phone numbers. But it estimates the firm could have had access to the data of up to 87 million users, most in the United States, without their consent, and mined this information to serve the Trump campaign.

It remains to be seen whether the fine will be levied on Facebook or not.

The news comes just days after a hacker said he was going to delete Zuckerberg's Facebook page on Sunday.

In 2011 it signed a consent decree with USA consumer protection agency the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settling charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then allowing it to be shared and made public. There you will see a hyperlinked text saying "Where you're logged in".

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