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PC World - Facebook's new, automated security offering is almost, but not quite, a joke. Business users who consider Facebook "part of their job" should be aware of the significant limitations.
Here's the deal: If Facebook has noticed suspicious activity on your account, probably because you provided your log-on information to a phisher, Facebook will suspend your account. When you try next to login, Facebook gives you its equivalent of the treatment given someone on the TSA's "No Fly" list.
After you prove that you really are who you tell Facebook you are, you'll be asked to change your password and get a bit of a stern message about doing better in the future. Facebook has been using this procedure for months.
What's new is that once you are back in Facebook's good graces, the service will run a security scan, using a special McAfee tool, to remove any Facebook malware from your computer. The bet here is that people who respond to phishing attacks may have picked up malware or viruses along the way.
Facebook does not know in advance whether users' computers are infected. I was happy to find out that, no, Facebook wasn't secretly doing scans of its members' machines.
The McAfee scan will remove Facebook-specific threats and then offer users a free, six-month subscription to its McAfee Internet Security service, valued at $35. You must give a credit card number to get the "free subscription." McAfee will automatically charge you for ongoing service when the free subscription ends if you don't cancel in advance.
Any FB user that "friends" McAfee is eligible for the "free" software, not just those Facebook has identified as security threats.
Here are my concerns:
McAfee and Facebook have gotten way too much publicity for doing something that, in the scheme of things, isn't all that significant. I hope this isn't all Facebook will do to improve its members' security.
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