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Old 12th November 2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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Was my Facebook account hacked or what?

*I almost always clean my Firefox cache and cookies when closing, and for Facebook I have activated the mechanism that sends you an e-mail when someone signs into your account (and also asks you to name the machine).*

So when I signed in on Facebook today, instead of naming the machine I signed in from as usual, I was told that an unidentified machine had (recently, I suppose) signed into my account. The IP of the unidentified machine was the same as my IP, which is rather strange. Still, I responded that I didn't recognize it, and got to change password (about time anyways). After that I was asked to name the machine as usual.

I thought maybe they had tightened security and it didn't quite fit with my cookie and cache cleaning habits. So I signed out, cleaned those, and restarted the computer, and signed in again. No mention of any unidentified machine this time, just the usual asking to name the machine I signed in from.

So what's up with this? Did someone hack my account, or was it just a Facebook fluke? If some stranger signed into my account, shouldn't Facebook drop me an e-mail about it as it usually does whenever it is signed into? If my account is in danger, why doesn't Facebook send me an e-mail straight away instead of telling me only the next time I sign in?
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Old 12th November 2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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Are you using wireless, or sharing a router with any other computers?
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Old 13th November 2012, 06:16 AM   #3
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Steam and Guild Wars 2 both occasionally decide I'm signing in from a different computer and make me verify that I'm me. Oddly enough Steam didn't seem to notice when I actually did change ISP, and therefore IP address, just recently. So I'd say it's probably just Facebook getting confused.
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Old 13th November 2012, 02:05 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by mutile View Post
Are you using wireless, or sharing a router with any other computers?
Yes, I'm om a wireless network together with a few other computers in the house.
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Old 13th November 2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Cuddles View Post
Steam and Guild Wars 2 both occasionally decide I'm signing in from a different computer and make me verify that I'm me. Oddly enough Steam didn't seem to notice when I actually did change ISP, and therefore IP address, just recently. So I'd say it's probably just Facebook getting confused.
I see. But I haven't changed anything recently.
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Old 13th November 2012, 02:24 PM   #6
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Or you cookie-cleaned, and facecrook looks for a one-way encrypted cookie on your machine? Dunno.
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Old 17th November 2012, 02:52 PM   #7
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Or you cookie-cleaned, and facecrook looks for a one-way encrypted cookie on your machine? Dunno.
But I clean cookies and chache almost every time I'm done with the Internet. Certainly before signing in on Facebook and after finishing my session there. I don't trust them one bit on privacy.
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