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Social Media Hacked, Now What?

A Social Media Website Hacked, Now What?

If you are one of the 2.2 Billion Facebook users, you might have read that they have suffered a data breach. It was originally estimated 50 Million accounts were compromised but it is now reported that “only” 30 million users are affected.  All the effected users had name, email addresses, and phone number and a subset of 14 million users had gender, religion, device and tagged locations stolen.

The first thing to do is to check to see if your account was one of the ones that were compromised by going here(https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec). Next consider any accounts that you utilize Facebook as a verification or login solution. This maybe one of the biggest issues associated using a third party to authorize access to a website. The initial hack has tendrils that can have long lasting effects on other apps and websites. This is one of the many reasons why you should change your passwords every ninety days, even if you are diligent about changing your password after a breach all your passwords could be compromised. Make sure that the passwords are unique for each site, so if any account is compromised the damage will be limited. Many experts also recommend using a password manager to keep track of all your passwords, because passwords should be long and not dictionary words.

Password Tips

  • Change Every 90 Days
  • Use Unique Passwords for each site
  • Long Non-Dictionary Words Are Best
  • Include a Combination of Special Characters, Numbers, and Letters

Berwyn Group doesn’t do IT security work, we just take it very seriously. In fact, this post was inspired by one of our monthly security meetings. It is just one of the many steps that we take to make sure client data is kept as secure as possible. For more information on our datasets for death audits and address location services as well as more on how we can help you, visit our contact us section. We will respond quickly to your request.