In the past 48 hours I believe that my Facebook account was somewhat “compromised”. I suspect that something happened because there were numerous friend requests sent out to random people and there were some random people friending me.
Sorry, that I ignored those friend requests but I don’t even know you and sorry for friending you but it wasn’t me!
So what should someone do if this happens? Here are a few recommendations.
Check your privacy settings –> Account –> Privacy Settings
Dear Zuck, in your next update please do the needful and increase the options around security. Right now, it’s lacking.
Check the services/pages that have access to your account –> Account –> Privacy Settings –> Applications and Websites
Do you remember giving access to these services/pages? Do you even know what the services do? Did you know that these services/pages have access to most of your profile information?
Some of this information includes:
- Name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I’ve shared with everyone.
- Email address
- Photos Uploaded by Me and Videos Uploaded by Me
- Access my data when I’m not using the application
- Likes, Music, TV, Movies, Books, Quotes, About Me, Activities, Interests, Birthday, Current City, Website and Work History
As you can see, there are some settings that are required and some that are optional. Make any changes as needed.
Check your login information
DO NOT use the same login information as your email account, twitter, eBay, or any account for that matter. i.e. don’t use the same email address and password for everything. I highly recommend using a password generator and a password manager.
Don’t use public wifi that is unsecured
Depending on what web application you’re using in conjunction with public wifi you may in fact be putting yourself in danger. Recently there was a Firefox plugin (Firesheep) that allows anyone to view your Facebook, twitter, and other web application information. Since the services don’t actively use https your profile information may be at risk!
Needless to say, I don’t really know what happened but I apologize to those individuals that may have been impacted. The above is just a short list of some of the precautions you can take.
Disclaimer: I am not a security expert!