Thursday, January 27, 2011

Facebook offers new security options - Security

Facebook is rolling out two new security options. Considering the flack they are taking with new advertising models that might hinder privacy and two high-profile account hijackings this week, Facebook needed a positive spin on something. It looks as if they�ve found it.

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that they would soon turn likes and check-ins into advertising revenue. This set off the normal privacy debates, when really aside from Wall spam, many users won�t notice a change. Truth is, the �Sponsored Stories� advertising program is likely to result in ads that are simply ignored by users.

Around the time that the new advertising program was making headlines, word spread that French president Nicolas Sarkozy�s Facebook account was compromised. The defacement resulted in a supposed message from him announcing his retirement in 2012. The message was later removed and claimed as false.

It is likely that the software glitch that led to Sarkozy�s problems is the same one Facebook fixed after Mark Zuckerberg�s fan page was defaced with an odd message of its own. While Sarkozy�s issue was mainly ignored by those outside of the security world, Zuckerberg�s defacement became worldwide news almost instantly.

Addressing the odd post by their founder, Facebook told CNET, �A bug enabled status postings by unauthorized people on a handful of public pages. The bug has been fixed.�

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