Facebook Stored User Account Passwords in Plain Text File FOR YEARS


March 28, 2019

I’m going to be blunt: if you’re still using Facebook you should probably have your head examined. They’re absolutely reckless when it comes to their end user’s security.

(Examples: Facebook Security Breach Exposes 50 Million Accounts , How Cambridge Analytica Leveraged Facebook and Exploited 87 Million Users’ Data, Feds Launch Investigation Regarding Facebook’s Data Deals)

Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse…it does!

Krebs on Security just revealed that the social media giant has been keeping up to 600 Million user passwords in a plain text file that was searchable by over 2,000 internal Facebook engineering staff members.

What the actual f^¢&…

Scott Renfro, a software engineer at Facebook told Krebs on Security that as of right now it doesn’t look like the data was compromised in any way. He also said affected users should expect a notification regarding the incident soon.

I’d love to say this is the final straw, and that people will protest Facebook and their awful security standards by leaving the platform all together, but that’s not going to happen. I honestly think the majority of people just don’t care. They’re going to keep on posting, and sharing, and chatting and volunteering every aspect of their life up to the faceless social media gods and their chief disciples in Menlo Park.

However, if you, dear reader, are not one of the lotus eaters I’ve mentioned above, there’s hope for you yet. You can actually delete your Facebook profile and escape Lord Zuckerberg’s evil influence.

I actually wrote about the matter almost exactly a year ago. You can read about that here if you so choose: Want to Delete Facebook? Here’s How…

Feel like sharing your thoughts on the matter? Leave a comment in the section below. Interested in subscribing to our blog (and listening to me rant occasionally)? Use the CTA in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Carl Keyser is the Content Manager at Integris.

Keep reading

How to Choose an IT Consultant in Boulder, CO

Regardless of industry size or type, Boulder IT consultants play a massive role in the way companies in the Boulder area do business. While most companies may have their own in-house IT department, many of these departments are small and cannot handle all the...

7 Signs Your Denver Business Needs a Tech Update

Regardless of size or industry, technology is an essential part of every Denver business. That being said, technological improvements and advancements can develop quite quickly, leaving some businesses scrambling to keep up. While many businesses cite expenses in the...

Cybersecurity best practices for Boston Businesses

Securing your businesses sensitive data, networks, and devices is non-negotiable in the technologically-driven world we live in. Whether you are a small business or or corporation in Boston, it is imperative that you prioritize cybersecurity. It is no longer enough to...