IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Facebook Needs to Secure Privacy and Security: 10 Ways to Do It

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-04-25 Print this article Print
Privacy by Default

Privacy by Default

While Facebook's many missteps regarding user privacy and security are legion, the social-networking giant has done some things right. The company came under fire in recent months for changes giving developers access to user addresses and mobile numbers as well as including user photos in targeted advertisements. It did win some praise for rolling out secure connections for users. However, its byzantine maze of opt-out checkboxes continues to confuse users. "Facebook is no stranger to making headlines for all the wrong reasons when it comes to security and privacy, said Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos, as he outlined three major changes the biggest social network can implement to protect users while on the site. When Facebook rolled out a "new suite of security tools which turned out to be a newly revamped page informing parents and teens about privacy and some tweaks to existing tools, Cluley fired back, "It's not enough. Facebook has got a longer road ahead of it if it's really serious about protecting its users. While most security experts (and savvy Facebook users) agreed with Cluley's list, there were other areas that needed improving, they said. Below, eWEEK presents a list of recommended changes to protect users socializing on Facebook.

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