‘;– Have I Been Pwned? Identify if you are one of the Facebook breach victim

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From the news that was spread last Sunday about more than 553 Million users of Facebook leaked online, it was advised that you use HIBP to check if your account is part of that leak by visiting https://haveibeenpwned.com and enter your email and mobile number. Since 2013, HIBP was established as a free service to help give us visibility as to how our personal data spreads. It may not be able to control it once breached but it will give at least understanding to us what’s been leaked, where it’s been leaked from and what precautionary measures we can now take as a result.

To know if your personal data is part of the breach, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to https://haveibeenpwned.com
  2. In the middle white blank field (showing “pwned?” on right side of it), type your Facebook email address or mobile number. Make sure to add +63917xxxxxxx instead of just 0917xxxxxxx.

3. Then the site would show you if your account is compromised or not.

Green color mark at the bottom part if no pwnage found with Good News message.
Red color mark at the bottom part if there’s pwnage found with “Oh no!-pwned” message.

   What to Do If Your Account is Compromised?

  1. In the event that your account is part of the leak, change your password immediately and enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on Facebook and all your other accounts.
  2. In the case that your Facebook password is the same with your other accounts, better have it replaced along with your Facebook password. Make sure to make it unique for each account for your safety.
  3. Don’t forget to check all your authorized devices and app permissions on Facebook for any suspicious one.
  4. It is also recommended to have a separate email account for all your social media profiles and your personal one which could include your banking accounts.

Beware: It is expected to have more spams or phishing attempts against those users whose information are leaked online.