Facebook enhance social reporting tool and app security

Facebook yesterday (April 19th) launched a revamped version of its Family Safety Center, enhanced HTTPS and a recently introduced tool for community policing and Two Factor Authentication. I’ve glanced at the Family Safety Center website and it does provide some informative articles and videos. Anything that encourages good education and awareness has to be a positive step. It appears (I couldn’t find any relevant information) Facebook is ignoring those parents who ignore Facebook’s rules and allow children under the age of 13 to maintain an account. 🙁

The social reporting tool introduced a reporting mechanism (launched in March of this year) allows users to report photos to Facebook and community members that are harmful or harassing. You can also block communication from one person posting questionable content. The social reporting tool has been enhanced to include Facebook Profiles, Pages and Groups – a very positive next step from the safety guys @Facebook.

Facebook is also rolling out a new Two Factor Authentication feature (US users received this first yesterday) which they hope will prevent unauthorised access to your Facebook account. All you do is turn the feature on, and Facebook will ask you to enter a code anytime you try to log into Facebook from a new device (like a One Time Passcode you would receive on your mobile from setting up a bank payment or transfer).

Back in January of this year I posted about the Facebook HTTPS feature. Facebook have now confirmed that they are improving HTTPS, so if you start using non-HTTPS applications on Facebook, they will automatically switch your session back to HTTPS when you’re finished. These are all positive steps, but for me the real concern right now has to be the amount of phishing emails and malicious links being posted and the time taken in removing them before they have propagated. There is also another security issue and that involves applications. Maybe Facebook should look to Apple here for advice 🙂

Safe surfing folks!

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