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Here’s How To Find Out If Your Personal Data Was Exposed In An Online Breach



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Recently, WORLD OF BUZZ reported on how 533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data were leaked online. If you are wondering whether you are part of this online breach, here is how you can find out!

Have I Been Pwned? 

Have I Been Pwned‘ is an excellent resource that indexes data exposed in data breaches so that users can input their email address and list the data breaches that exposed their data.

For example, to check if the Facebook leak included your email address, you can visit Have I Been Pwned and enter your email address in the search field.

Once you have entered your email address, click the ‘pwned?’ button, a list of all the data breaches the email was exposed to will be displayed.

However, the most common user identifiable field in the recent Facebook leak is phone numbers. Nonetheless, about 2.5 million out of the 533 million Facebook member records also included an email address.

So if you search for your email address and ‘Have I Been Pwned‘ does not return a matching result, you could still be part of the leak.


I Have Been Pwned! What Can I Do?!

Here’s what needs to be done.

According to Bleeping Computer, as a security measure, it is recommended that you change your existing password and enable two-factor authentication.

For those of you who are not familiar with this term, two-factor authentication is one of the security features to help protect your Facebook account.

Here is how you can enable two-factor authentication:

1. Go to “Security and login“.

2. Scroll to the bottom and in the “Two-factor authentication” section click on “Edit“.

3. Select the security method you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions.

We hope this helps!

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