Facebook Security Issue Leads to Millions of Passwords Not Being Encrypted

Facebook was dealt another blow recently when it was found that they did not encrypt the Passwords of millions of users on the platform. The passwords were kept in a readable format within a text file. The passwords were only visible to those within Facebook. The real question is were these passwords visible to a potential hacking attempt which would have made these passwords visible to millions of people.

Just how many users were impacted

According to Social Media Today approximately 600 MILLION users were found to be impacted by this security flaw.

How can you help to protect yourself and your account

Facebook Security is not something to take lightly. They do allow you to use two-factor authentication which is a valuable tool in combating the chance of having your account hijacked. In order to set that up click HERE and follow the directions.

Here is the statement by Facebook

“As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems. This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable. We have fixed these issues and as a precaution we will be notifying everyone whose passwords we have found were stored in this way.”