Facebook Upgrades Security Protocol Against Imposters

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Facebook’s new security features allows users to have more control over their accounts, and review what is visible to different people

Facebook—the famous social media giant—has announced the launch of a new feature, which will help reduce the fake profiles on the platform. Now, it automatically alerts people about impersonators as soon as their profile picture and username is used.

When the security feature detects an imposter, the system itself cautions the authentic user about the impersonator, and flags the new user. While it’s unknown as to whether the system will send out these alerts to the authentic user’s friends too, as part of the confirmation, the security team is likely to deploy its own security protocols before taking such an action.

Global security head Antigone Davis spoke to Mashable, and said that this is an important update, focused toward numerous women’s concerns around the globe. He explained that the consequences of social and cultural norms and traditions in some regions can cause more devastation, compared to others.

Nevertheless, there are alternatives available on Facebook, wherein users can report if someone is impersonating someone they know. In order to protect themselves, users can control the privacy and security of their account, and choose what they want to display to their friends and friends of friends.

Two new security features have also been introduced as part of the new security update. First, users have the ability to report nude pictures, which have been posted on the platform. In this case, the victim will be provided links for the legal action that can be taken against the offender, who posted their pictures without consent. The second update offers users the ability to review who can see their timeline and pictures. This is more of a privacy update, which aims to improve control over users’ social media activities. Moreover, default privacy settings for the pictures that users have been tagged in can also be changed.

Although this may not be enough to counter all the scams, phishing attacks, and harassment cases that initiate on the social platform, it does show that the company is serious about its users’ privacy. However, new users still need to be made aware about bad links and how to prevent information leakage.