CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - You're on it once a day, maybe twice a day, maybe all day. A bug has been found by a good guy, a decoder, which allowed him to get past Facebook encryption and see Facebook user id's, cellphones, pictures, and other personal data.
Better that he caught the problem and not a bad-guy cyber creep.
Here's the good news. Facebook says it is always improving it's security, and, WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions Theresa Payton, says there are easy steps you can take to protect yourself while the social media giant is fixing the problem.
Her advice follows:
You can change your privacy settings to limit who's able to search for you by email address and/or phone number.
You can adjust those settings to limit who can find you, or you can remove your phone number entirely so that nobody can find you by looking up your number.
Click the little "down" arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings.
If you've already linked your phone number to your Facebook account, you can improve your privacy by clicking on Privacy on the left of the Settings page.
Under the Who can look me up? section, you'll see a setting for your email and a setting for your phone number.
Use the dropdown menu next to each setting to select who can look you up using that info: the options are Friends, Friends of friends or Everyone. Limit lookup by phone or email to friends.
You can also check Facebook's Privacy Basics for other settings.