Was Your Facebook Hacked? Here's How to Find Out


Dealing with security breaches has become an unfortunate part of sharing your personal information with online channels. The most recent data heist of concern to users of social media happened last month, when Facebook announced that information culled from nearly 30 million of its users had been compromised. In roughly half of the cases, names, email addresses, and phone numbers were retrieved; the remaining 14 million saw more private data (including marital status, city, educational background, birth date, locations, and recent searches) accessed.

While no passwords or financial details like credit card numbers were captured, that’s little consolation for people who have had their accounts poached. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to find out if your account was one of the many affected.

Josh Constine at TechCrunch points out that users logged into Facebook can visit the site’s Help Center and get an immediate answer as to whether their profile was accessed during the breach. (A notice should also appear on top of the user’s news feed, but if not, the Help Center can provide a definitive answer.)

While Facebook can determine whether an account was compromised, it apparently won’t elaborate on exactly what kind of information was divulged for each profile. Users should therefore be cautious when dealing with unsolicited emails or calls purporting to be from Facebook. Because some users had birthdays and other details stolen, those affected may also want to contact their financial institutions to set up PIN codes for an extra security barrier.

While hackers used access tokens to fool the site into thinking the login was authorized, there’s no indication they had access to Facebook passwords, and it may not be necessary to change them. Considering the scope of the breach, however, it certainly couldn’t hurt.

[h/t TechCrunch]

Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Computer Monitors, Plant-Based Protein Powder, and Blu-ray Sets

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This All-in-One Storage Solution Can Be Used at Home or Carried on the Go


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Whether you're looking for a durable storage solution for your garage or a roomy pack for a long camping trip, the collapsible RUX carrier can help keep your stuff safe and secure without taking up much room in your closet when you're done. And until December 10, you can support the project on Indiegogo.

The main idea of the RUX is to serve multiple purposes at once. You can carry it around like a backpack or duffle bag during a weekend trip outdoors, or you can use it as a stationary storage bin for your car or home. Despite being strong enough to hold your bulkiest gear, it only weighs around four pounds and is designed to be collapsible, so you can fold it up and slip it away afterwards. (Unfolded, the RUX comes in at 15.7 by 19.5 by 13.8 inches.)

And if you're looking to use it during more serious outdoor adventures, you can rest assured that its weatherproof construction will keep your stuff dry in the rain. There's even a window that allows you to double-check that your items are safe and sound.


The RUX was created with sustainability and longevity in mind. Not only does the RUX have a lifetime warranty, but each component can also come off and be replaced easily so you can continue using the product no matter the problem. RUX is a member of 1% For The Planet, which is a group that gives back 1 percent of sales to environmental causes, even if they are not profitable.

There is still time to back the RUX campaign and reap the rewards. If you back $196, you’ll get your first RUX along with it. However, if you back $265, you’ll get one RUX, two divider totes, an EDC pouch, and two utility straps. If you back $449, you’ll get all the same things from the second level along with an extra RUX. If you want to back $515 or $725, you’ll get double or triple everything, respectively, from the second level.

The RUX campaign ends on December 10, so there is still time to back this product through Indiegogo. Shipments of RUX will hopefully start by June 2021.

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