Facebook Introduces Malware ‘Checkpoint’ Security, Hopes To Slow Spread Of Viruses

Facebook Security Checkpoint

Facebook Security CheckpointFacebook on Tuesday rolled out a set of new security “checkpoints” which the social network hopes will slow the massive spread of malware.

According to Facebook:

“Previously, if you suspected you may have malware installed on your device, you would either need to run anti-virus on your device or wait until Facebook identified an actionable threat. Now, with our new self-enrollment malware checkpoint, you will be able to proactively obtain your choice of a free anti-virus product to scan and clean your system.”

The announcement comes just months after Facebook announced malware-removal software partnerships with McAfee and Microsoft.

The new system offers McAfee’s Scan and Repair option and Microsoft’s Security Essentials platform. Once downloaded both applications offer the chance to scan for and remove suspected malware. The programs Facebook says will not interfere with already installed anti-virus programs.  [Read more…]

Facebook Offering Free Anti-Virus Trails, Blacklists Bad URLs

Facebook Security

Facebook SecurityFacebook is attempting to make its community safer for 901 million active users and to reach that goal the company announced on Wednesday that it would block malicious URLs, spam messages, phishing attempts and viruses. The company also announced that it has partnered with various virus protection firms including Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec.

In a blog post Facebook writers:

“Our URL blacklist system, which scans trillions of clicks per day, will now incorporate the malicious URL databases from these security companies to augment our existing level of protection. So whenever you click a link on our site, you benefit not just from Facebook’s existing protections, but the ongoing vigilance of the world’s leading corporations involved in computer security.”

If that isn’t enough information to get you excited about Facebook’s ongoing efforts to protect users the company also announced the AV Marketplace where users can download free six-month license agreements for full versions of the company’s virus partner software. [Read more…]

BlogHerald Week In Review – Five Stories To Make Sure You Didn’t Miss


FacebookIn case you missed them we have five stories from 9/5/11 through 9/9/11 that you should be sure to check out. Whether you’re a Facebook user with multiple admin pages, a Foursquare users trying to figure out why your friends haven’t adapted the technology or an Instagram fan we have something this week that you’ll find engaging. Also be sure to check out our post about the Google acquisition of Zagat and Google’s big plans for the Google +1 button.

Facebook Security Flaw Let’s Users Hijack Pages From Original Owners 

Facebook pages are meant to provide users with a forum to share a specific interest or set of interests, this week it was discovered that page creators could be booted from their own pages by administrators who they assigned to help moderate their public forums. Facebook FAQ say that type of activity isn’t allowed but it was discovered to be a possibility.

Smartphone Users Less Likely To Checkin Than Perform Other Tasks [Study]

Smartphone users love to play Angry Birds, even check their email, text message and make phone calls, what they don’t care much for is the ability to “check-in” at locations using location based services such as Foursquare and Gowalla. This article examines numbers provided by a recent Pew Research Survey and shows that less than 15% of users have taken to location based services and even fewer of those users are checkin-in each day.

Here Comes Instagram: Infographic

Instagram is quickly becoming a juggernaut in the social sharing photo platform world. While Flickr took 2 years to reach 100 million photos, Instagram reached that same level in just 8 months while attracting 7 million users in just nine months. This infographic shows the incredible speed at which Infogram has become a big player in the photo sharing world. [Read more…]

Facebook Security Flaw Let’s Users Hijack Pages From Original Owners

Facebook Flaw

Facebook FlawA strange Facebook security flaw has allowed page administrator to kick off original Page creators from the admin list, thus hijacking the page from an original owner.

The hack was discovered by security blog Naked Security and works by providing new admins with the same administrative rights as the page creator, even though Facebook FAQ clearly notes that the “original creator of the Page may never be removed by other Page admins.”

While that’s the way the program “should” work, the video shown below clearly shows a different type of system in which any administrator can kick out an original admin, even if they are the person who created the page.

According to the Register Facebook FAQ errored in terminology, in any case, the reality of the situation doesn’t match the rights of page owners and administrators.

Here’s the video showing the error: [Read more…]

Facebook Remote Logout, Yet Another Layer Of User Account Protection

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Facebook Logo Facebook wants their users to have active control over where there accounts are being accessed from and for that reason the world’s largest social networking website is rolling out a new feature which allows users to see what devices and locations are accessing their accounts and then remove them as they see fit.

The move is a smart one by Facebook, by doing so they can proactively fight back against spammers who steal accounts and then use the good names of those Facebook users to sell their products and phish for other users data.

Trusted source spamming has become a huge problem for Facebook as thousands of accounts have been compromised over the months, causing an uproar among Facebook users and security specialists. I reported last week about a Free iPad scam that hit the site while stealing personal information from users and that was just one of many examples. [Read more…]