More bad news for Facebook this week. Gizmodo and other media outlets recently reported that some hackers used a malicious Chrome extension to hack into the messages of at least 81,000 Facebook accounts.
These hackers are now selling the private message for as little as ten cents a piece.
As much as some folks may want to blame Facebook for this issue, this one is actually not their fault.
However, The Digital Worm has to ask: Why are you still using Facebook? Especially if it’s private information. Let’s get into this a bit more.
The Internet is Forever
Nothing ever truly leaves the Internet. This is why you need to be very careful about what you say and who you say it to, even if the conversation is a “private”. The internet is forever, but most relationships are not.
Nude photos are leaked, social media accounts get hacked, and there are hundreds of things that can go wrong and be compromised in between.
We now have encrypted email, like Proton Mail. We have social networks that encrypt private messages, such as Minds. But at the end of the day, everything can be compromised if the hackers are good enough. And pissing off the wrong person can have your private information splattered all over the web.
A Novel Idea
It’s 2018. The only real privacy you have is in your mind. This is where we recommend keeping your deepest and darkest secrets.
Technology is giving governments and bad mamajamas all over the world access to your written word, your voice, and your actions. Just an accusation could be enough to ruin a career, even if you’re innocent. Possibly even your life.
This is the digital age. Your mind is really the only safe place left. We think about everything we say and do before we say and do it. Do we really mean to say it? Could it be misinterpreted? If we’re doing something we shouldn’t be doing, how could it potentially come back to haunt us?
Stop Using Facebook
There is a reason Facebook and other internet giants are constantly being targeted. After all, you don’t get to one billion friends without making a few enemies….heh.
If you really care about your security, you’ll either stop using Facebook or you’ll stop putting personal information on the site. Create an account with a fake name, bogus email addresses, etc.
Is this against the T&C? Sure. But if they’re being hacked and willingly giving away your data, then fuck ’em. Right? You need to look out for you. We suggest approaching the internet the same way you would approach a corporate job. Keep your head down, be friendly but not personal, and don’t try to dip your pen into the company ink, publicly or privately.
It has become clear that the internet is not a safe place, especially for social networks and private messages.
You need to spend less time reading your feeds and more time learning how to protect yourself as much as possible while you’re online.
This isn’t the first breach we’ve seen and it’s definitely not going to be the last. Most of us have been hacked at some point or our identities have been stolen. Do your due diligence to make sure it doesn’t happen again.