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Facebook Login: How Safe Is It?

Anyone who has used an app has more than likely been prompted to log in with their Facebook account. It’s quick, easy, and you don’t have to worry about remembering a username and password, so why wouldn’t you? Answer: Security risks.

Why People Use Facebook Login

When given the option to log into an application or website through a Facebook account, most people click right through without a second thought. You don’t have to worry about remembering which email address you used, what your username is, or which password you used, all of the work is done for you. 

Convenience aside, a lot of people put their trust in Facebook’s security when it comes to logins. They are such a large organization with an incredibly advanced security system and team, so it makes sense to have faith in them… but should you? 

Why Facebook Login Is a Security Risk

In 2018 there was a security breach and over 50 million Facebook accounts were potentially compromised. If any of those compromised accounts used Facebook login, then the applications that were logged into with Facebook login were also compromised. Think of it like this: Your data and sensitive information used in an app, like Uber, is in a vault, just laying on a table. That's your credit card information, email, phone number, location, etc., and all that it takes to get to that information is getting through the vault door, in this case it’s Facebook. This is why banks have valuables stored in security boxes, behind a door, behind another door, and so on, so that they are more difficult to retrieve, and security has more time to stop the thief before they reach the valuables.

Facebook login is also a risk because of its data collection. Be honest with yourself, do you read the fine print when logging into applications with Facebook? Most people don’t. When logging in through Facebook, applications will often ask for permission to post on your wall, to gain access to your email, phone number, and contact list. You are giving away a lot of your data to the application, but you are also giving a lot of your data away to Facebook. 

What is even more concerning is that according to a Freedom to Tinker study, data is also collected by third party tracking scripts. When you give mobile and web applications access to your Facebook account and information, third-party trackers that are embedding on those apps get a piece of your information as well. 

Password Managers

There is a way to keep track of your login information easily, while keeping your data secure. Password managers like Google Password Manager is an easy and convenient way to have your login information stored, while staying secure. The truth of the matter is that any company can get hacked, however, information security is not Facebook’s primary purpose. It is a password management system’s purpose to remember and protect your login information, so it is less likely to get hacked. 

We suggest making a habit of using different passwords for all of your accounts. It is best to use complex passwords and to change them frequently, especially on sensitive applications such as banking accounts. A password manager makes this process easier by storing and organizing your passwords, as well as suggesting complex passwords when entering login information. 

In 2020, one of the most popular free password managers is LastPass. It remembers all of your passwords across devices, generates complex passwords, stores digital records, and shares passwords securely with authorized users. As password security is LastPass’s sole purpose, it is far less likely to get hacked than a site like Facebook. In the case that someone attempts to hack your individual accounts you are protected by long, random passwords generated by LastPass. 

We understand that these security tips are less convenient than using Facebook login or the same password that you always have for all of your accounts. However, we hope that you will take your account security seriously and take the little bit of extra time to keep your information safe. 

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