You may recall that in late September, Facebook made an alarming announcement that some 50 million of its users may have been impacted by a massive security breach targeting access tokens, which are essentially digital keys to one's account. It's the reason nearly 90 million users found themselves suddenly locked out of their accounts on all devices, as the company scrambled to make potentially affected users' reset their passwords. Now, Facebook is bringing to light even more details about the breach, including some on the sort of information that was compromised
On Friday, the social media giant put out an announcement about the incident, acknowledging that attackers were able to gain unauthorized access to account information for roughly 30 million users, and explaining just how it happened. The company says it will soon be sending customized messages to users affected by the hack, detailing exactly how much of their information was exposed. However, if you want to find out if you're among the 30 million, and just how many of your personal details may have been swiped, you can easily check it right now.
How to Check If Your Facebook Account Was Hacked, and How Badly
Facebook has launched a new section in its Help Center that not only outlines the details of the security breach, but provides info on whether you were affected. To see it, visit this page, and scroll down past the information about the investigation. You should see a blue highlighted section labeled "Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?"
Here, you'll see one of three different outcomes. You'll either see a confirmation that you were unaffected, that your account was targeted but your information was impacted, or that your account was targeted and impacted.
If your account was targeted and impacted, you'll see a list of the account information Facebook believes was impacted, as well as any it believes was not impacted. In other words, it'll give you a better sense of just how much of your identity and activity was potentially poached, ranging from your name, email address, and phone number, to your relationship status, most recent searches, and recent locations checked into.