Secure.me, a watchdog for Facebook application security, has been acquired by AVAST Software, a popular antivirus software company. Secure.me has connected with 90 million Facebook profiles around the world, alerting users to how much information their apps are taking.
Many Facebook users worry about their personal identities being compromised on the social network through unfortunate photos or tagged posts. But a University of Cambridge study shows that it’s possible to gain information such as political affiliation and ethnicity just from seeing Facebook users’ likes. Social security firm Secure.me also published a top 10 list of the Facebook applications that require this information when users connect to them.
People looking to get a jump on their Christmas shopping (and be done before Black Friday) have probably noticed how several retailers offer simple connect to Facebook options. But which shops and applications require crucial information from your Facebook account? Social security firm Secure.me found out.
A while after President Barack Obama’s social media team announced its Facebook application, Republican challenger Mitt Romney came out with his own way of reaching out to those on the social network. But just like any other Facebook app, Romney’s and Obama’s open graph functions want your information. A study by Secure.me analyzed the Obama 2012 app and Romney’s Commit to Mitt app, finding out which side requests more Facebook data from its users.
Cyber-bullying has become a major problem among teenagers, so many of whom have a presence on Facebook or other social media sites. Secure.me, which works to make social media a safer place, released some tips Monday for parents of teens on Facebook in the spirit of National Bullying Awareness Month, in an effort to prevent them from being cyberbullying targets.
Not all Facebook applications are created equal. Secure.me, which is akin to virus protection for pages, recently launched the App Advisor — a report card for more than 500,000 apps on the Facebook platform. On Wednesday, the site will introduce a browser plugin that rates the trustworthiness of an app (or a site that integrates Facebook), based on what kind of personal data it requires.
Online reputation-management company Secure.me examined some 1 million Facebook profiles to determine sharing habits and how they compared between the U.S. and Europe.
Online reputation-management company Secure.me is teaming up with Avira to offer Facebook users a bundle of online security, personal data protection, and privacy protection services.
The reputation-management field has another player in Secure.me, which launched in beta form today by way of Germany.