In a letter published on his blog, the company Mark Zuckerberg reported Wednesday that “some” passwords of its users were visible to workers of the company, but not for people outside of it.
The finding was made, according to Pedro Canahuati, Vice President of Engineering, Security and Privacy, during a routine safety review two months ago. “We found that some user passwords were stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems. This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them illegible. We have solved these problems. ”
Preventively, the social network will be informing hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users if their passwords were stored in this way, they said; also tens of millions of Facebook users.
The vice president reported that so far there is no evidence that any of his workers have used that information inappropriately.
“There is nothing more important to us than protecting people’s information, and we will continue to make improvements as part of our ongoing security efforts.”
Although they clarify that passwords were not exposed externally, they recommend to the users some steps to keep their account secure:
-Avoid reusing passwords through different services.
-Choose secure and complex passwords for all your accounts.
– Consider enabling a security key or two-factor authentication to protect your Facebook account using codes from a third-party authentication application.
-When you log in with your password, we will ask for a security code or we will touch your security code to verify that you are.