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Facebook: are you affected by the data leak?

Data concerning more than 500 million Facebook users (including 3.18 million Belgians) and from a leak that occurred in 2019 have not been posted on a hacker forum. These data include the phone number, full name, date of birth, and, for some accounts, email address.

The chances of malicious people using this information for scams, hacking and marketing are therefore very high.

Am I concerned?

To find out if your data has leaked, go to jesuisconcerne “dot” be. Enter your phone number and you will get the answer instantly.

Generally, no matter the data leak, you can also use other tools such as Have I Been Pwned or Firefox Monitor platforms.

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What if my data has leaked?

If this is the case and your phone number is concerned, it is recommended to be even more careful with phone calls, SMS, and WhatsApp messages.

There are also solutions to activate within your smartphone to block unknown or unwanted numbers.

The chances of malicious people using this information for scams, hacking and marketing are therefore very high.

You can also, for example, download Hiya, a database-powered app that compiles hundreds of millions of phone numbers and unites millions of users. This identifies the calls you want to receive and blocks calls and messages from numbers you prefer to avoid.

Apple encourages its customers to use one or more apps developed by third parties to detect and filter unwanted calls.

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