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

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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]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]