STATES CHRONICLES – According to a recent announcement, Facebook will warn users of possible government attacks on their profile pages. The social network has taken this decision to prevent personal data leaks, but accounts will continue to be monitored for malicious activity.
The increasing rates of cyber criminality cause national security agencies to take severe measures, but some of them may be too intruding. Following NSA’s past scandals related to intimacy violation, Facebook will warn users of possible government attacks.
The social network was repeatedly accused of allowing hackers working for security agencies to access users’ personal data, but Facebook’s CEO wants to keep aloof of all accusations. After reassuring users that their personal information is safe on the social network, the online platform has taken things a little bit further and vows to inform users whenever a government-related person tries to access their accounts.
According to Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, has stated that government attacks have become more dangerous than any other attack; hence, the need to intervene. Facebook department has always been dedicated to monitoring personal accounts and protecting them against malicious activity, but Stamos thinks there is room for more.
Consequently, people, who are in danger of having their privacy violated by national security agencies will receive a message to know they have been the subject of cyberattacks. Moreover, they will be instructed to add security filters to their accounts.
Login Approval is the filter that users will have to turn on in order to ward off cyber-attacks. This feature lets users receive a message on their phone whenever a person is trying to access their account from a different device or a different location.
Facebook will protect some users’ personal data, but will, nevertheless, continue to show support for government actions, whenever the case may be. Warning messages will be sent only when the social network holds sufficient evidence in support of their case.
Stamos did not provide other details; he justified his decision to remain silent by saying that security reasons prevent him from explaining the technology behind the identification of cyber-attacks. The new security filters will not cause any damage to Facebook’s platform, either, Stamos has concluded.
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