Facebook Increases Security

We have all heard the horror stories and warnings about online data theft, be it banking, personal or otherwise, and various things that we can do to avoid it happening to us. One of the main questions on the lips of many regarding social networking sites has been “what are the service providers doing to help prevent this happening?”

Facebook is currently rolling out an new secure online connection, HTTPS, for account users which will make hacking Facebook accounts much more difficult for online data thieves. Although the new connection is only being applied to North American users at present it will soon be applied globally to every Facebook account as standard. Users will be able to opt out of this service in their account security settings.

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) – seen in the image below – format provides authentication of the web site and associated web server that one is communicating with, which protects against Man-in-the-middle attacks. Additionally, it provides bidirectional encryption of communications between a client and server, which protects against eavesdropping and tampering with and/or forging the contents of the communication. Experts say that the only downside to the implementation of the new secure connection method is that the site may take a little longer to load than it did before, surely this is a small price to pay for piece of mind.

Alex Rice, Product Security Lead at Facebook quotes…

“We feel that HTTPS is an essential option to protect the security of Facebook accounts.”

All this sounds great for the online user but the good news does not end there, for the security conscious it would seem, where Facebook is concerned, that Christmas has come early…

Security experts at Facebook have recently announced that they will be paying hackers to find flaws in their website and are insisting that any monetary rewards (amounts not specified) will only be honoured if the flaws are reported to the sites security team first. The reason for this clause is simple…

Although there are many malicious online hackers that will attempt to gain financial benefits from exploiting flaws in websites by stealing sensitive data there are many that simply do this to gain prestige/online social standing. It is widely known that any hacker finding a significant software and website flaw can literally make their “career” by doing so and by going public they can and do become famous. Obviously going public would leave the site and its users vulnerable to attack hence the “tell the Facebook security team first before any payment will be made” clause.

Mr Rice Quotes…

“In the past we`ve focused on name recognition by putting their name up on our page, sending schwag out and using this an avenue for interviews and the recruiting process, we`re extending that now to start paying out monetary rewards.”

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