Facebook Encourages Anti-Virus Use

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Facebook has garnered much criticism over the years over privacy concerns and the lack of security on the website.

Facebook ‘Applications’ are used throughout the web – you can login to various websites using your Facebook credentials where this feature has been enabled.

When you login to a specific website using your Facebook credentials you are given a prompt asking your permission to let the website interact with your Facebook account. You cannot choose which permissions you will give the website; it’s simply a ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Once a website has access to your Facebook account it can post on your news feed on your behalf – it is this which causes Facebook users so many problems. A website can post any link it likes to your Facebook page for all your friends and subscribers to see.

Facebook has very recently announced a partnership with the following five Anti-Virus firms:

– Microsoft
– McAfee
– Trend Micro
– Sophos
– Symantec

These firms are going to work alongside Facebook to block the links which are dangerous – for example those which have been identified as dangerous, pornographic or generally unsuitable for the Facebook audience.

I for one am looking forward to this – hopefully I won’t need to be worried about the links and pictures that appear in my Facebook newsfeed!

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