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What College Students Should Know About Facebook’s Data Breach

On Friday, Facebook announced that 50 million Facebook accounts were hacked. Fast-forward a couple of days we still don’t know much about the largest security breach in Facebook’s history. We still don’t know how many Facebook users were affected and how much of their information was stolen. Many suspect, that Facebook’s data breach affected more than the 50 million accounts. 

Facebook has not stated whether that number is expected to grow, so there is a lot of speculation around what the company is going to combat this issue.

As of “October 1st, 2018” we know the hackers got away with users:

  1. Gender
  2. Name
  3. Hometown
  4. Birthdays
  5. Email 
  6. Passwords

Facebook has stated the hackers used the “View As” feature that lets you see what others see when they land on your Facebook profile. The hackers were able to steal access coins which keeps you signed in on your device, so you won’t have to re-enter your password everytime you open the app. 

For now, the “View As” feature is not available for use on the Facebook

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Was your account hacked? 

Facebook has kept a tight lip on the accounts that were hacked, so there is no way to know for sure if your account is part of those that were hacked. Mark Zuckerburg’s account was allegedly hacked also along with Sheryl Sandberg‘s (another higher member at Facebook) account. 

On Friday,  90 million users to log out of their account in an effort against the data breach. If you’ve used the “View As” feature on Facebook in the past year, you were forced to log back into Facebook. 

This year has not been a good year for Facebook. The multi-billion dollar company was in the spotlight at the beginning of the year because it shared user’s information with Cambridge Analytic (an Ad Company). Facebook sharing the information of its users has been a hot topic ever since the company started. 

How Does Facebook’s Data Breach Affect You As A College Student? 

It’s reported that nearly 88% of college students have a Facebook profile. If you are a college student reading this article, I’m willing to bet that you have one too, even if you’re not an active user. Your first step should be changing your Facebook password. The Chief Consumer Security over at McAfee even suggested changing your passwords all your social media accounts including Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. 

I know you’ve heard this before, but DO NOT use the same password for all of your accounts, unless you want someone to steal your information. 

As a college student, you have to be cautious about the information you give Facebook. Be wary of any profile messaging you about a free giveaway or anything that sounds like a scam. 

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Should You Trust Facebook Going Forward

This is a question millions of Facebook users have asked since the company’s inception. I would you suggest that you use your common sense.  Don’t put anything on Facebook that can be used to steal your identity. Your account is already filled with useful information for hackers. Take the necessary steps and use your judgment when determining what you should post on Facebook.  

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