Facebook have taken steps to contain the incident, including fixing the vulnerability and resetting access tokens for affected (and potentially affected) users. If you have been logged out of Facebook automatically, this suggests Facebook have taken containment steps in relation to your user account. Facebook are advising that users need not change their passwords at this stage.

Facebook will provide further updates as the circumstances of this security issue continue to unfold. In the interim, users may consider taking the following precautionary steps to protect their personal data.

  • If you have not been logged out of Facebook automatically, you can do so through your security settings by selecting the one-click option to log out of all locations.
  • While the circumstances of the security issue remain under investigation, there are reports that third party applications may have been impacted. Users may therefore consider logging out of all third applications linked to your Facebook login credentials and also turning off Facebook’s integration with third party applications by visiting Apps and Websites in your security settings.
  • Always carefully consider the personal data that you share on Facebook and other social media channels. This is also an opportune time to revisit your Facebook privacy settings.
  • Consider adopting two-factor authentication when logging into your account. This option may be activated from the security and login section in your security settings.
  • If it sounds like a scam, be sure to pick the phone and talk to the person who is messaging you or asking to connect with you on Facebook.

IDCARE is Australia’s national identity and cyber support service. We will continue to keep you updated as further information becomes available.


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