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      • #344269
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        I’m sure the AskWoody community has heard of the issue with Facebook passwords stored on an internal server in plaintext:

        https://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/21/facebook-plaintext-passwords-exposed/

        I recently changed my password, so I’m not sure if I should still change mine or not (although it’s easy to do with my password manager), plus I do have two-factor authentication enabled.

        I’ll be writing an article on Mac password managers coming up as I delve more into Mac security.

        Nathan Parker

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      • #344298
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Facebook, data security, mutually exclusive terms!

        cheers, Paul

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      • #344300
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        “plus I do have two-factor authentication enabled.”

        Facebook won’t let you opt out of its phone number ‘look up’ setting”

        Users are complaining that the phone number Facebook hassled them to use to secure their account with two-factor authentication has also been associated with their user profile — which anyone can use to “look up” their profile.

        Worse, Facebook doesn’t give you an option to opt-out.

        Last year, Facebook was forced to admit that after months of pestering its users to switch on two-factor by signing up their phone number, it was also using those phone numbers to target users with ads…

        Facebook won’t let you opt out of its phone number ‘look up’ setting

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      • #344310
        mn–
        AskWoody Lounger

        I’ll be writing an article on Mac password managers coming up as I delve more into Mac security.

        Please make a point to include cross-platform products?

        Given that I’m already using GPG anyway, I find “pass” and compatibles very nice on various platforms, https://www.passwordstore.org/ – though it doesn’t include everything for sync between devices. You can use a Git server or any file sync solution.

        Particularly nice with the feature to be able to encrypt to multiple GPG keys with granularity – I have a subfolder that’s shared with my spouse, for example.

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      • #344425
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        When I enabled two-factor authentication, for some reason my Facebook account forced me to use my password manager’s two-factor authentication app. It wouldn’t even allow me to add a phone number to it, which I found strange.

        On password managers, most the ones I cover are cross-platform (except one, iCloud Keychain). My goal in there will be to state how “Mac friendly” they are and which ones are better for Mac users and which ones are better for Windows users.

        Nathan Parker

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