By now, you’ve probably heard of the huge Facebook data breach, in which more than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries had personal data leaked online, including phone numbers, Facebook ID, dates of birth. , whatever.
Your first question will, of course, be how to check if you are part of that violation. There are a couple of places where you can find out if your data has been compromised.
One known site that tracks data breaches is Have I Been Pwned. Just follow the link to the site and enter your email address. You will find out not only if you have been a part of the Facebook breach, but also any other breach where your data may have been compromised.
While at the time of this writing, you could only do a search using your email address, Troy Hunt, creator of Have I Been Pwned, was considering whether to include a phone number search as well:
Should FB phone numbers be found in @haveibeenpwned? I’m thinking about the pros and cons in terms of the value it adds to impacted people versus the risk presented if used to help solve numbers in identities (you would still need the source data to do that).
– Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) April 4, 2021
If you want to compare your phone number with the leaked Facebook database, Gizmodo has suggested a tool created by a site called The News Every Day, in which you enter your phone number to find out if you are part of the infringement. However, that site is not that well known, so until more is known about it, you may want to stick with the more trustworthy site mentioned above.
What if you discover that your data has been compromised? Some of the steps you can take are to change passwords for compromised sites, use a password manager so you can create and track unique passwords for each site (so if one is compromised it won’t affect the others), use Authentication two-factor for added safety and stay tuned for news of any other infractions.