Facebook disclosed that an unprecedented security issue discovered September 25, impacted almost 50 million user accounts. Facebook says that the attackers could see everything in a victim’s profile. Facebook automatically logged out 90 million users from their accounts Friday morning. If your account was affected you would see a message at the top of your account when you log back in.
When I first learned of this breach my first thought was my email. If the attackers could see all of my profile information that meant they would know what my email was. Why is this important?
Everyone should think of their email as the front door to their house. If a hacker can gain access to your email account, they have access to almost everything. Your email contains the names of all your friends, co-workers, stores you have shopped at, your bank, and any online accounts you have signed up for or shopped on. Once they have access to your email, changing a password in an account becomes even that much easier.
If you are one of those who likes to fill out all the about me spaces, it is easy for a hacker to guess your security questions based on the information found in your profile.
Never ever use the same password for your email as your other accounts. Better yet, never use the same password for any of your accounts. It is a pain to have multiple passwords for all your accounts. But it is worth the inconvenience. There are plenty of password vault aps out there that you can download to store and easily access all your passwords.
Hackers are getting more and more sophisticated. They aren’t hacking individually into your computers anymore; they are hacking into corporations and getting millions of user’s information.
Stay safe. Change your email password and make sure it isn’t even close to any of your other passwords.