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Facebook Password Breach
Posted on March 21, 2019 by in Data Breach & Technology, Identity & Privacy, Personal

On Thursday, March 21st, 2019, Facebook announced that since 2012, hundreds of millions of user passwords were stored in plain text and accessible to more than 20,000 of the company’s employees. The announcement, made by Facebook’s VP of Engineering, was ironically titled “Keeping Passwords Secure.” As many as 600 million users may have been impacted.

Data breaches caused the number of consumer records exposed to jump 126 percent in 2018 over 2017. Facebook’s latest announcement marks the continuation of this disturbing trend in information security, and is just the latest in a string of Facebook data breach and privacy issues.

Protecting Your Online Accounts

Encrypting passwords is an elementary aspect of cybersecurity, so this latest blunder by Facebook is pretty inexcusable. If you have a Facebook account, change your password immediately. And, if you use the same password across multiple services, change them there, too. IdentityForce’s Password Manager helps you securely store and create strong passwords in one localized place. You also have access to a password tool to test strength and generate strong passwords.

If you are concerned that your personal information or passwords have been compromised in a data breach, check out some of our data breach resources below:

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