For the past seven years we have seen how Facebook has dramatically changed the way people communicate while it has formed a new culture of online socializing.
For most people, Facebook has been about keeping in touch with
friends and family in a totally new way. But for security researchers,
such as myself, it has led to seven years of new challenges for the
security industry. The main issue with social networking and security is
that social networks are, well, social, and when the human mind gets
involved, vulnerabilities can be exploited. I’m talking about human vulnerabilities, those against which it’s hard to defend.
Many Facebook users lack knowledge and experience about how to
protect themselves in the social networking environment, which has made
the situation worse. Facebook appeals to new Internet users who often
lack the computer savvy to identify online threats, and the most
vulnerable segment of the audience — kids — have little life experience
required to make reasonable decisions.
Because of this, I believe Facebook needs to enhance the security and
privacy features of its site so the problems don’t escalate out of
control. With the help of my colleagues, here are seven key
recommendations I believe will make Facebook a safer place.