Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

WIRED | 3/22/2019 | Alex Baker-Whitcomb
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Facebook acknowledged a bug that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords (dating back to 2012) for both Facebook and Instagram to be stored as readable text internally. This basically means that thousands of Facebook employees could have searched for and found them. Facebook says they weren't accessible outside of the company, and that there's no evidence employees did in fact abuse or improperly access them. We say, change it anyway.

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A bug that has been present since 2013 allowed hackers to spy on users and gain access to their accounts. It was undiscovered for more than five years, and even now the fix for it is only for newer phones. Users with Android 7 or later should get the fix through Google Chrome updates; Android 5/6 requires a special update through the Google Play store. Older than that, and well, you're out of luck.

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