Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Can your email be hacked through the games on Facebook?
In theory? I suppose so. In practice? No.
Those programs often have access to certain pieces of information that may or may not expose vulnerabilities;
If unpatched that could allow the program to do things that it's not supposed to.
Potentially, I suppose, it could (on an unpatched machine) reach out and grab things that it's not supposed to: like say, your email address or your password. In reality, that's just not happening.
I don't know of any single case where a Facebook game has actually been able to do anything like that.
And in reality, you know what? The people who want to do that don't have to resort to those kinds of lengths. Because let's face it – in many cases (especially in situations like this), we are our own worst enemies!
All a game has to do is say, "Hey, I need you to login with your email account and password in order to play this game."
It's trying to get you to hand over the information – rather than going through some technical means to try and hack your computer and find out the information.
And yes, you would be shocked at the number of people who would willingly hand over their email address and their password in order to play whatever game it is they've been promised!
So, legitimate games, absolutely not. It just isn't going to be a problem with those. They're not going to do anything underhanded or try and hack your account.
Beyond that, it just pays to play it safe. Only do games that you know are legitimate and come from reputable sources.
Don't fall for phishing attempts that ask you to divulge information that isn't absolutely necessary to play the game.
If somebody is asking you for your password – absolutely think twice, think three times.
In fact, think so long that you forget you want to play the game.
It's just not worth it.
But no, ultimately from a technological perspective, I really don't see
this as a big risk. The real risk here (I think) is along the lines of social
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