Facebook searches for stolen passwords

Facebook hunts for stolen passwords

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Facebook is looking out for you, at least when it comes to whether your password has been snatched by the bad guys.

The social media site keeps a close eye on security breaches and actually has a team of people searching the web to see if they can find your password hanging out in the wrong place.

When a major breach happens, Facebook will look online to see if they find user id's/passwords posted by the criminals. They then run those files against the Facebook database. If they get a match, they contact you to reset your password.

If you want to create strong passwords, WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton suggests something called Haystack. She says just adding a letter or a number to a passphrase could mean it takes billions of years to crack your password.

Theresa created a demo for you on the Haystack tool so you can see how easy it is to use.

Want to try out the Haystack tool for strong passwords? Click here.

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