How to tell if your account was one of the 533 million leaked from Facebook

How to tell if your account was one of the 533 million leaked from Facebook
How to tell if your account was one of the 533 million leaked from Facebook

Once again Facebook had its security breached and personal data from 533 million accounts were made available on the internet. Phone numbers, e-mails, addresses and other information were left in the hands of hackers. Although the damage has already been done, it is important to know if your Facebook account is among those that were leaked.

The website “Have I Been Pwned?” maps vulnerabilities on social networks and notifies you if your information has been leaked. The platform has been updated with data from this latest batch of Facebook.

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To check is easy, just access the website and enter all the email addresses you use with the social network. Both your login and any other account added to the platform. After that, the website will let you know if those addresses are among the vulnerable ones.

Then, if an irregularity is found, you will receive, in the email you entered, a message advising you to change your passwords. Through the website you can also find out if your password was leaked in a security breach.

Is your account the one that leaked on Facebook?

But “Have I Been Pwned?” it’s safe? Yes, the site is maintained by Troy Hunt, one of Microsoft’s regional directors in Australia, who specializes in Internet security and privacy. It is certainly much worse to have your data in the hands of scammers than on the website.

As phones also leaked on Facebook, Troy said he is discussing with other developers the possibility of adding the number checking feature. But there is still no confirmation and no date for this to happen.

This is not the first time that something like this has happened to Mark Zuckerberg’s social network. In 2019, a leak exposed thousands of Facebook users’ phones. The platform ensured at the time that the situation was corrected. The available data is now related to this previous failure.

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“Individuals who create an account with a reputable company like Facebook are trusting their data and Facebook should treat the data with the utmost respect,” explained Alon Gal, a security expert who revealed the leaked profiles.

“Users who have their personal information leaked are a major breach of trust and must be treated accordingly,” added the expert, saying that, from the moment the leak occurs, that person’s data will be available on the internet forever.

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