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:
– Trend Micro
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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