Do a Device Audit – The best way to determine whether someone has breached your Facebook profile is to do an audit of the devices you use to access the site. On Facebook’s Security and Login page, under the tab “Where You’re Logged in,” you can see a list of devices that are signed into your account, as well as their locations. If you see an unfamiliar device logged in at a strange location, click “remove” to boot them off.

Change Your Password – Mark Zuckerberg, the wonk billionaire at the helm of Facebook who long ago lost his boyish charm and is on the brink of doing the same with the trust of the American people, said there’s no reason to change your password, since the vulnerability used by the hackers has been patched. However, seeing as Zuckerberg has shown himself to be less than forthcoming in recent months, let’s change our passwords anyway, and make it something the hackers are unlikely to guess. 1-2-3-4-5 is as good as any. I’m going with that.

Turn on Two-Factor Identification – Facebook offers an additional layer of security known as “two-factor authentication,” which involves text messaging a unique code to your phone that you must type in after entering your password. This way, even if someone has your password, it would be difficult to log in without that code. Again, even though we’ve been assured the vulnerability has been repaired, let’s go a step further and enable two-factor identification. Couldn’t hurt, eh?

Following news of the hack, shares of Facebook plunged nearly 3 percentage points. The company is doubling the number of employees who are working to improve security from 10,000 to 20,000, Zuckerberg said.

Source: The New York Times

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