April 26th, 2011
Privacy and security are always issues where social networking is concerned. Facebook, one of the largest social networking sites in the world, is constantly working to expand and improve their safety and security features. Just recently they added several new measures, fulfilling the pledge they made at President Obama’s White House Conference on Bullying Prevention a month ago. Here’s what’s new:
- Better HTTPS: Though you’ve had the option to use Facebook securely via HTTPS since the beginning of the year, there were some issues with early implementation, especially where applications were concerned. This update has improved the reliability of the service, reactivating your HTTPS when you leave an unsecured area.
- Better Reporting: If something happens to you on Facebook, or you see or read something offensive, you’ve previously been able to report it using a very standard, faceless form — and only if the offending content was a photo or wall post. Now, the form will let you send a private message to the offender or report the content to familiar, trusted authority figures on Facebook — and you can report just about any content.
- Better Authentication: This new security option requires you to enter a secret code if you login from a new or unfamiliar device. This features is turned off by default but can be changed in your Account Settings.
- Better Family Safety Center: Facebook’s Family Safety Center has been redesigned to make it clearer and more easily navigable. Facebook has also added (and will continue to add) educational content.
So here’s what we want to know. Facebook keeps working to improve safety, security and privacy, but it seems the overwhelming outcry of perceived vulnerability from the masses never diminishes. Why is that? Do you feel safe on Facebook? Will you feel safer with these new features? If you don’t feel safe, are you using all the safety features Facebook provides? If you do feel safe, which optional security features are you using?