Coinciding with National Cyber Security Awareness Week in Australia this week, Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan published a note on the Facebook Security page urging users to take steps to protect their passwords for the social network, and offering seven tips on how to do so.
Having your password compromised on Facebook is a terrible ordeal. But now there’s a way to safely restore your information, with the help of close friends. In 2011, Facebook first introduced Trusted Friends, which allowed friends to verify that you’re really you and help you gain access into your account. Facebook announced Thursday that it has improved the service, rolling it out globally as Trusted Contacts.
Facebook quietly rolled out a new main logo, as well as new logos for some of the company’s official pages.
Fortunately for Facebook, developer and Web security expert Nir Goldshlager wears a white hat, and not a black one: For the second time in less than one month, Goldshlager alerted the social network about a potentially dangerous loophole that could have led to users’ account information being compromised.
The latest sex-tape hoax to flood Facebook uses Rihanna as bait, but the Facebook Security team is already on the job, blocking the links contained in the hoax messages, which were reported as malicious.
Facebook averted another close call on the security front, as the Facebook Security team was able to close a loophole, reported by developer Nir Goldshlager, which would have enabled hackers to gain full control over any Facebook accounts.
The bad news: Facebook was one of the victims of what it called a “sophisticated attack,” whereby some of its employees’ laptops were inflicted with malware, and the investigation into the source of the attack is still ongoing. The good news: The social network said it found no evidence that user data were compromised.
Facebook introduced its Antivirus Marketplace in April, featuring free downloads and six-month licenses of security software from Microsoft, McAfee, Trend Micro, Sophos, and Symantec. Tuesday, nearly six months after launch, the social network announced seven new partners.
Facebook likes are not the only element that should be considered by brands using the social network for marketing purposes, but they still mark the entry point for user interaction, and Facebook is taking steps to automatically remove questionable likes.