I got this email today:
Dear Tim Tyson,
Your Facebook account was recently logged into from a computer, mobile device or other location you’ve never used before. For your protection, we’ve temporarily locked your account until you can review this activity and make sure no one is using your account without your permission.
Did you log into Facebook from a new device or an unusual location?
– If this was not you, please log into Facebook from your computer and follow the instructions provided to help you control your account information.
– If this was you, there’s no need to worry. Simply log into Facebook again to get back into your account.
Please be sure to visit the Facebook Help Center (http://www.facebook.com/help/) for further information regarding these security issues.
Facebook Security Team
This is disconcerting.
About a year ago someone hacked into my Twitter account and locked me out. It took me weeks to get it back. That’s when I started taking password security seriously. And now this! When I logged in after getting the above email, Facebook showed a pin on a map in Seattle, Washington, and said that someone had logged into my Facebook account from a computer I had never used before in a location I had never logged in from before and asked if it was me.
Well, it wasn’t! Has anyone else had this experience???
Several things are concerning: Facebook tracks where we log in from and from which computers! Hmmm…
Additionally, nobody could guess my passwords now, just not possible. The odds are higher than my DNA is the same as someone else’s on this planet. How did they get my password? Well, it’s vastly more complex than it even was before, and it was r e a l l y complex then! This is another really good reason not to use the same password for everything. After my Twitter experience, I implemented complex and different passwords for absolutely everything.
What lurks beneath this thin digital veil? Makes me a bit leery.