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Old 04-06-2021, 8:27am   #1
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Default How to check if you’re part of the Facebook data breach

There are a couple of tools you can use

https://www.theverge.com/22367727/fa...haveibeenpwned

By now, you have probably heard of the huge Facebook data breach, in which upwards of 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries had personal data leaked online, including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, birthdates — you name it.

Your first question will be, of course, how to check whether you are part of that breach. There are a couple of places out there where you can find out whether your data has been compromised.

One well-known site that tracks data breaches is Have I Been Pwned. Just follow the link to the site and put in your email address or phone number. You will find out not only if you’ve been part of the Facebook breach, but also any other breaches in which your data may have been compromised.

Troy Hunt, creator of Have I Been Pwned, was considering whether to include a phone number search (as this comes with certain privacy risks), but ultimately decided to add the feature.

Another tool for checking your phone number against the leaked Facebook database (suggested by Gizmodo) is a site called The News Each Day, in which you input your phone number to find out whether it’s part of the breach. However, that site is not as well-known, so until more is known about it, you may want to stick with the more trusted site listed above.

And if you do find out that your data has been compromised? Some of the steps you can take are to change the passwords of compromised sites, use a password manager so that you can create and track unique passwords for each site (so that if one is compromised, it won’t affect any others), use two-factor authentication for additional security, and stay alert for news of any other breaches.

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I'm amazed people continue to use FB.
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Don't do the FB, Insta Chat, Snap a Gram, Twits, Red It, etc....
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Don't do the FB, Insta Chat, Snap a Gram, Twits, Red It, etc....
You forgot texteses.
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Facebook.



(yeah yeah...I know..."I ONLY use it for <insert lame excuse here>)
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Old 04-06-2021, 9:20am   #6
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What data on there matters? Why would hackers care what people ate for breakfast or the name of their dog? And why should the users care? They've already willingly given their data to the owner of that site and are aware that it is being used without their permission.
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Never on fakebook=not part of data breach
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What data on there matters? Why would hackers care what people ate for breakfast or the name of their dog? And why should the users care? They've already willingly given their data to the owner of that site and are aware that it is being used without their permission.
There is quite a bit of irony there.
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Old 04-06-2021, 11:45am   #9
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Same here, no need to check. This and the other place are the only things I do that could be considered "social media".
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Old 04-06-2021, 12:02pm   #10
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Apparently I was pwned a lot in 2016. Nothin has come of it in 5 years so I doubt anything will.
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I'm listed in the phone book. That makes it real easy for anyone that wants a piece of me... Just knock on my door. No takers yet
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Don't do the FB, Insta Chat, Snap a Gram, Twits, Red It, etc....
Twizzler and Red Vine are good though.
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Apparently I was pwned a lot in 2016. Nothin has come of it in 5 years so I doubt anything will.
My email address was stolen from LinkedIn during their big breach a few years ago. I immediately changed the email address and password that I use on that site. To this day I get emails from sleazeball recruiters at the stolen address. Sorry, losers, but I have ZERO desire to go work for somebody who purchased my email address on the Dark Web.
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I'm safe.
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Question for our tech gurus:

I use Ghostery. Is that actually saving me from being tracked by FBook and others? Most websites have a laundry list of trackers, including FBook.
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Face what?

No Join; No issues


....and yes per PAWNED Site, I've been hit by Home Chef data breach
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I'm listed in the phone book. That makes it real easy for anyone that wants a piece of me... Just knock on my door. No takers yet
I am too. That's a rare thing. We may be the last two people with a land line.
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