If you want to check if you are one of the five hundred million people whose Facebook data got leaked on the dark web. This article will show you how to quickly and easily find out if any of your account data was included in the latest 2021 Facebook data breach. By now we should all have come to the conclusion that Facebook is useless at keeping data safe, so start entering random data on your profiles to protect yourself moving forward.
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Although it's talked up as big news, it's no surprise to anyone that Facebook has failed, yet again, to protect the personal account data of more than half a billion users. Facebook data breaches seem to happen at least once a year and never seem to prompt much of a response from the average user. Just like every other account you have online, there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't be entering made-up data to form the basis of your Facebook account.
For example, you can leave most fields blank during the setup process and those that you can't you can enter fake data…. It's super simple and prevents you from ever having to worry about your real data getting caught up in the next leak. Sadly if you haven't already done this with your account and desperately want to find out if your information has been leaked online there are a few different places you can check, however, only one is reputable enough to warrant using. So try to avoid the others if possible.
How do you check if your Facebook Data was leaked in the 2021 Facebook data breach?
In order to check if your Facebook account data has been leaked in this round of data breaches, as well as all those that have come before it, you'll need to head on over to the https://haveibeenpwned.com/ website. Here you will need to enter the email address or phone number linked to your account (only US and Australian phone numbers work) however, an email address works just as well so don't stress if you don't have an AUS or US number .
Note: As well known as haveibeenpawned is in the data breach space, there's not much information on what is done with the data entered into the service. They may also be storing emails and phone numbers, so use the service with a grain of salt.
Once you have entered your phone number or email address just click the pwned? button and you'll get your answer in a few seconds.
Interestingly enough the email address I checked was linked to a data breach, however, I have never used the service…. So somewhere along the line, someone has signed up to the service using my email address… Probably just adding me to a mailing list…
After you get your answer, either good news or bad I would go ahead and change as much of the data linked to that account, email address and phone number as possible, you don't want to leave yourself open to identity theft or something similar down the track. It's also a good idea to generate some decent passwords as well. If you aren't using a password manager yet, I would strongly suggest using Bitwarden over LastPass now that LastPass has upgraded its terms of service.