Will Your Data Ever Be Secure With Facebook?
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
It seems Facebook users can get used to bi-monthly news blasts that another hack has affected millions of users. The world’s largest social networking site had 50 million users affected by a security breach that occurred on Tuesday, 25 September 2018. This comes after a year of excruciatingly lousy publicity regarding their stance on security and the role they played in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
While cybersecurity investigations take time, the GDPR enacted in May 2018, in the EU, have resulted in fast but incomplete notifications given to those affected by data breaches. The GDPR promotes a company to notify users of a data breach within 72 hours it becomes aware of the incident.
“Attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted ‘View As’, a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook, so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.” – Guy Rosen, Facebook VP of product management.
Comparing the recent incident to the Cambridge Analytica data breach, both were Facebook’s responsibility. However, while Facebook was to blame for not re-checking with Cambridge Analytica to make sure the company deleted the improperly accessed data, the discovery of the recent hack is a sign Facebook might be becoming more proactive at finding issues on its platform.
While Facebook might be taking steps to let us know that our accounts have been hacked, we’re still at risk. Data security is more than a trend in our digital age – it is the focal point of 2018, and to live in a data trust revolution means to keep our data sharing limited. There are ways to help protect yourself and your data while using Facebook.
With continuous data uncertainty, a suggestion would be to change your password with a combination of capital letters, lowercase letters, and numbers. Get acquainted with phishing techniques such as emails you might receive from Facebook, asking for your username, password, or any personal information, delete it immediately. Facebook never asks you for this information. Emails that ask for this kind of information are common ways for other people to gain access to your account.
Another way to help keep your account safe is to make sure that your Internet browser, browser plugins, and operating system are up-to-date. Doing so will ensure that you have the latest security features on your system.
Regardless of Facebook’s default level of security, you should be vigilant about protecting your privacy. If you’re a Facebook member, make sure to review your account privacy settings and adjust them if necessary. It is recommended that your settings allow only your friends (not friends of friends) to view your profile, pictures, and information.
When I post something, how do I choose who can see it?
You’ll find an audience selector tool most places you share status updates, photos and other things you post. Click the tool and select who you want to share something with.
The tool remembers the audience you shared with the last time you posted something and uses the same audience when you share again unless you change it. For example, if you choose Public for a post, your next post will also be Public unless you change the audience when you post. This one tool appears in multiple places, such as your privacy shortcuts and privacy settings. When you make a change to the audience selector tool in one place, the change updates the tool everywhere it appears.
The audience selector also appears alongside things you’ve already shared, so it’s clear who can see each post. After you’ve shared a post, you have the option to change who it’s shared with. If you want to change the audience of a post after you’ve shared it, click the audience selector and select a new audience.
To edit things like places you’ve lived or your family and relationships, click About below your cover photo, then hover over the info you’d like to change and click Edit. Use the audience selector next to this info to choose who you’re sharing it with. Anyone can see your public information, which includes your name, profile picture, cover photo, gender, username, user ID (account number), and networks.
Only you and your friends can post to your timeline. When you post something, you can control who sees it by using the audience selector. When other people post on your timeline, you can control who sees it by choosing the audience of the Who can see what others post on your timeline setting.
Before photos, posts and app activities that you’re tagged in appear on your timeline, you can approve or dismiss them by turning on timeline review. Keep in mind, you can still be tagged, and the tagged content (example: photo, post) is shared with the audience the person who posted it selected other places on Facebook (ex: News Feed and search).
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