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Bug Leaks Personal Information for Facebook Users
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on June 23, 2013 @ 1:30PM
Created on June 22, 2013 @ 5:38PM

Recently, there have been many stories regarding our privacy and the safety that is supposed to come along with it.

After "whistleblower" Edward Sowden leaked to the press that the government was pulling phone records of millions of Verizon customers, many people wonder how private their lives really are. Now, the popular social media site Facebook is in the spotlight for that same reason.

"I don't think it's safe. Anybody can get into it," said Walter Skidmore, Sutton resident.

"I don't think Facebook is very safe," said Radejio Arrowroot, Buckhannon resident.

Facebook says a bug detected in their system unintentionally released the phone numbers and email addresses of some of the 600 million Facebook users worldwide. Just by having those two important items can make it easy for  hackers to commit crimes like identity theft.

The bug was found in the site's "Download Your Information Tool", and was fixed within 24 hours. What's even more shocking is the bug wasn't found by Facebook's team. It was found by a third party program that gets paid for every bug or virus they find in a system. Some people think this could be fixed if we just watch what we put into cyberspace.

"I take the the necessary precautions. If they don't want anyone to know, don't post it," said Skidmore.

"I keep everything on private, and make sure I don't put everything online for everyone to know on there," said Elizabeth Dean, West Union resident.

Here are a few tips to keep yourself protected online:

-Never click on a link you don't typically receive everyday. This is easy access for someone to hack into your personal information.

-Use different passwords on different sites. If you have the same password for 10 different websites, that could lead to trouble.

-If in doubt, just block it.


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