The personal data of 533 million Facebook users leaked online. That’s a large percentage of the world’s population, so you should check if your account or phone number has been affected. We’ll show you so you can protect yourself.
Which Facebook data has been stolen?
The first thing you probably want to know is what type of information has been released. The data includes virtually everything available on your account. Full name, phone number, locations, date of birth, email addresses, relationship status, you name it.
This personal data has been released online and anyone can access it for free if they know where to look. The 533 million affected users come from the US, UK, India and more than 1
All 533,000,000 Facebook records have just been leaked for free.
This means that if you have a Facebook account, it is very likely that the phone number used for the account has been leaked.
I have yet to see Facebook recognizing this absolute negligence of your data. https://t.co/ysGCPZm5U3 pic.twitter.com/nM0Fu4GDY8
– Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) April 3, 2021
The origins of this particular security breach date back to early 2020, when the same number of accounts, 533 million, leaked their phone numbers. This latest leak builds on that and makes the situation even worse.
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How to Check if Your Facebook Phone Number Has Been Stolen
Let’s start with phone numbers first. You can use a website called “The News Every Day” to check if your phone number is included in the leak.
Go to the website in a web browser such as Google Chrome and enter your phone number in the text box. Click on “Check” when you are done.
If your phone number is not included in the leak, you will see the message below that says “Result: Your phone number is not in the data”.
If your number is included, you should at least change your Facebook account password. We also recommend using two-factor authentication whenever possible.
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How to Check If Your Facebook Email Address Has Been Stolen
To check if your email address has been leaked, we use a website called ‘Have I Been Pwned’.
Go to the website in a web browser such as Google Chrome. Enter the email address you are concerned about and click “Pwned?” button.
Unfortunately, chances are you will find that your address has been compromised by data breaches outside of Facebook’s. Scroll down the page and search for Facebook. If you don’t see it, you won’t be bothered by the recent leak.
If you do see Facebook listed here, or if you are concerned about the other breaches, it’s a good idea to change your password and use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
Data breaches are never a good thing, especially on websites the size of Facebook. Keep an eye on your information and make sure to take action if it affects you.
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