More than 70,000 Facebook users fell victim to a scam that promised users the ability to generate five to 5,000 free Facebook Credits, despite the fact that the social network stopped using Facebook Credits Sept. 12, but Bitdefender’s HOTforSecurity blog reported that the fraudulent message were blacklisted by Bitdefender’s free Safego application Friday.
Bitdefender, an online security company, recently polled some of its customers to see how they’re using a program that’s designed for parents to monitor their kids’ Facebook activity. However, only 23.87 percent of the 1,600-plus participants said they used the program to keep tabs on children aged 13-17. A majority of the women copped to using the technology to spy on their boyfriends and husbands.
Women tend to be more cautious on Facebook than men, according to a Bitdefender survey that validates and quantifies patterns we’ve long observed on the social network — and in real life.
Only seven percent of those surveyed by BitDefender use any security solution for their Facebook profiles, despite the fact that 87 percent have seen postings that look like rogue applications.
Online privacy, or the lack thereof, has been getting a lot of play in the media lately. From lawsuits levied against Facebook and Zynga for alleged privacy breaches to third party Firefox extensions designed to highlight flaws in Facebook log-in security, we’ve had plenty to write about just in the past week. App developers are taking note and responding in turn.