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Facebook Aims to Make Security More Social

posted onFebruary 21, 2018
by l33tdawg

Facebook's user base of 2.13 billion poses for the social media giant both a challenge and an opportunity to secure a massive number of accounts while also educating users on best security practices.

Other social media platforms, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, also have the chance to enforce and foster strong security among users. But are they capitalizing on that opportunity?

Facebook Increases Bug Bounty Payout After Audit

posted onFebruary 9, 2018
by l33tdawg

In September 2017, security researcher Josip Franjković discovered an issue with Facebook’s partners portal, which leaked users’ email addresses. The bug was discovered after one of the researcher’s sites was approved to participate in the Free Basics project by Facebook.

What the researcher discovered was a medium-high impact privacy bug where adding a new admin user would leak their email address in subsequent notification emails.

Facebook Messenger turns on promised end-to-end chat encryption

posted onOctober 4, 2016
by l33tdawg

Facebook on Tuesday launched end-to-end encryption for all users of its Messenger mobile app, though the option isn't on by default, and comes with some other limitations.

"Secret Conversations" must not only be toggled on in the app's Settings, but manually enabled for each new conversation by tapping "Secret" in the top right corner of the "New Message" screen. Encryption can't be applied retroactively, and both the sender and the receiver must have the latest version of Messenger.

Facebook starts testing “Secret Conversations” encryption for Messenger

posted onAugust 2, 2016
by l33tdawg

Earlier this month, Facebook announced plans to offer end-to-end encryption in Messenger by the end of the summer. Now the company is starting to roll out the new feature, called Secret Conversations, to some people.

Android Police received several screenshots of the new feature, though it doesn’t seem to actually work yet. It’s also unclear if Facebook is only releasing Secret Conversations to beta testers at this point or offering it to some regular users as an A/B test.

Facebook hacker finds another intruder beat him to the punch

posted onApril 25, 2016
by l33tdawg

A security researcher looking for flaws in Facebook's internal network has found traces of another intruder who got into the system first.

The hacker, or hackers, had access to Facebook's internal system for several months, giving them access to hundreds of employee usernames and passwords, explained researcher Orange Tsai in a blog post published last week.

Linguists Not Exactly Wow About Facebook’s New Reactions

posted onFebruary 29, 2016
by l33tdawg

When my 4-month-old son is angry he turns bright red. When he finds something funny, he makes an alarming gurgling sound. When something surprises him, he says “Ah!”

You know: Like Facebook.

The introduction of Reactions, a set of five new “graphicons” with assigned textual meanings, probably isn’t supposed to be infantilizing. The social network just wants people to do more than “Like” someone else’s post. The new kids: Love, Sad, Angry, Wow, and Haha.

Facebook is ready to let you express more emotions now

posted onFebruary 25, 2016
by l33tdawg

"We know it's a big change," said Facebook product manager Sammi Krug in an announcement today. That's right—Facebook is taking its relationship with you to the next level. From now on, you'll be allowed to respond to posts with reactions other than the ubiquitous thumbs up emoji that means "like."

Your five options (other than thumbs up) will be emoji that mean "love," "haha," "sad," "angry," and "wow."

The dramatic change has been brewing for the past year, while the company carefully considered which emotions it would allow people to express: