Facebook recently made its largest bug bounty payout to date — $33,500, according to ZDNet — to Brazilian computer engineer Reginaldo Silva for his discovery of a vulnerability during the social network’s usage of OpenID that had the potential of enabling a hacker to take full control of one of its servers.
With the unsettling news that some 2 million online user accounts on Facebook and other online services have been hacked, online education platform Grovo shared two videos aimed at helping Facebook users select better passwords, and advising victims what to do if someone else is using their accounts on the social network.
Add New Jersey to the list of states where employers demanding passwords to Facebook and other online services from employees or applicants is now illegal, as a law took effect Sunday in the Garden State, The Record reported.
Facebook privacy and security remains a hot-button issue, and The Best Computer Science Schools put together an infographic consolidating statistics, do’s and don’ts, things to avoid, and other suggestions.
The New York City Council will consider a bill, introduced by Councilwoman Annabel Palma (D-Bronx), to ban employers from demanding access to the social media accounts of their employees and potential employees, the New York Daily News reported.
As of Sunday, employers or potential employers in the state of Washington can no longer demand passwords to Facebook and other social media sites from employees or applicants, as a bill the state passed in May went into effect, MyNorthwest.com reported.
Early and former Facebook employee Katherine Losse reiterated her claim that employees of the social network had access to a master password in offering her take on the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative to The Guardian.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that bans employers from demanding that employees or job candidates surrender their passwords to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, as well as from requiring employees to add managers as friends or contacts, AP reported.