Security firm Symantec reported this morning in their blog that “third parties, in particular advertisers, have accidentally had access to Facebook users’ accounts including profiles, photographs, chat, and also had the ability to post messages and mine personal information.” According to Symantec, “these third-parties may not have realized their ability to access this information. We have reported this issue to Facebook, who has taken corrective action to help eliminate this issue.”
The fix for this is very simple: change your password. This will invalidate any third-party access to your profile, and it’s the Facebook equivalent of changing the locks on your house. The Daily Shield also recommends that you consider removing applications from your profile that you are no longer using. Don’t get us wrong. We love Farmville as much as the next person, but why give third party developers and advertisers access to your profile if you don’t have to.
The Daily Shield has previously published an article on how to limit the information Facebook shares with third parties. We think today’s disclosure is a good opportunity to revisit your Facebook security and privacy settings.
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