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New Security Measures At Facebook Help Preserve Online Identity

Symantec : 14 October, 2010  (Technical Article)
Symantec comments on Facebook's recent security update enabling users to be informed of login activity and the use of short term passwords for use in insecure environments
As Facebook looks to reach 600million users this week it has upped its security measures in response to recent criticism over data privacy and security. Symantec's Orla Cox believes that this is a good step towards making online social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, more secure and less at risk of cybercrime.

Facebook's security updates include the ability for users to be notified via text when someone has logged into their account. Users can now also ask for a new password which is only valid for twenty minutes, enabling them to keep their online data secure when logging on to a shared computer.

Orla Cox, Security Expert at Symantec, said: "The recent updates from Facebook include some innovative security measures. We have increasingly seen tools such as Facebook and Twitter be used to target both public and private organisations and these updates could help combat this. The amount of sensitive data that is often stored on sites such as Facebook is huge and that data is at risk if the wrong person finds out your username and password. The ability to be notified when someone logs on to an account, and disconnect rogue users, could help prevent a users identity and data being stolen.

"The new twenty minute password application which Facebook has introduced is also a big step for user-generated content sites. This application will help people secure their online data in public areas, such as airports or libraries, where perhaps they may have previously felt at risk. However this is only a step, the public need to know that when it comes to keeping passwords secure the buck stops with them and steps like this will fail if they do not take on that responsibility.
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