Facebook Data Breach

On the 28th September Facebook notified users that that there had been a data breech effecting more than 50 million users. You can tell if you’re effected by this as when you go to Facebook you will have been logged out, although to keep us all on our toes Facebook have logged out a further 40mln users out as a “precautionary measure”. It is still unclear what personal data was accessed but at this stage it appears to only be basic personal information.


Tips and Advice

  • Increase security – turn on “two-factor authentication” – click on Settings > Security and Login > Use two-factor authentication > click Edit, click Enable.
  • Do you use Facebook to login to other sites/Apps? – if so change password/login method for those sites. FB says this should not be a problem, but we think it is a good idea
  • Watch out – for other emails, texts etc which may be phishing or smishing attempts using some of the stolen data. See our guide.
  • Protect your id – Always watch out for any situation where someone you do not know is asking you for personal information, your name, address and date of birth is enough for them to wreak havoc.
  • Read More – Facebook are still investigating and so stay up to date as find out more about what happened.


To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

See also British Airways Data Breach

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