Facebook Data Loss – never use the same password!

The Facebook hack of a few weeks ago was just the latest in a series of high profile system compromises involving the loss of innocent users’ private data.

It is now clear that such losses are inevitable and no doubt there will be more to come. What is different about the Facebook hack is the way that the data has been used.

We have seen a spate of malicious emails to users, including our customers, stating that their systems have been compromised and that their passwords have been stolen. To make these emails seem authentic, they actually display the passwords that they have stolen from Facebook within the message, as ‘proof’ that they can hack into users’ systems.

These emails are scams, trying to get you to do something that you shouldn’t!  Do NOT click on any links! 

Unfortunately, some of the passwords listed in the emails look very similar to passwords which people may have used in other systems, and so the emails are very scary and worrying. However, if you have followed good practice, and none of your passwords are the same, then your other systems will be safe.

So what should you do?  Anytime that you receive an email that you are unsure about, or asks you to do something that seems out of the ordinary, do NOT follow the instructions in the email, do not click on anything or call any numbers that are listed.

Instead, get in touch with us and we will take a look at the email and advise you. And if you do use Facebook, this would be a great time to change the password anyway!

And please never use the same password for more than one account, however convenient that may appear to be!

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