Facebook Creates Alert for When the Government Is Hacking Your Profile
Putting a light on security, and turning it into a conversation.
Facebook doesn't mind tracking its users for its own benefits, but anyone else attempting to tamper with its users' profiles? That's where the company draws the line. Facebook is rolling out a new notification system that turns the topic of security into a conversation. The company says it will let individual users know when it believes their account is under threat of a nation-state entity.
This is the notification that will appear if Facebook thinks your account has been targeted:
“While we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised,” writes Alex Stamos, chief security officer at Facebook, “we decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored. We do this because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others, and we strongly encourage affected people to take the actions necessary to secure all of their online accounts.”
One way to battle security and privacy threats is to make them tangible, something we can see and react to. It's easy to tell people to set up two-factor authentication for their accounts, but it's difficult to make people take action on it right away. The reason being, there's no immediacy to it. Why should they change their habits when it costs them more time and they've never been hacked?
Facebook's designers may recognize they have a responsibility to build in more transparent security features in order to protect its users — to make them more aware. In the past, the company has shown its dedication to user demands for more secure options by enabling PGP email encryption options, HTTPS, and Tor access to its site. This new system has the potential to help build a stronger chain of defense. If users think their account may become compromised, they may be more inclined to set up two-factor authentication.
This open policy makes me, as a user, feel more confident in using the platform, knowing that I won't be guessing if I've been part of a hack. (There's nothing worse than finding out your account may have been compromised years after the fact.) It shows Facebook has a robust security system that it's able to notify individual users.
Stanley Allen McChrystal believes companies should go one step further and setup a security network with one another “where every time something happens, and we learn from it, the entire network learns immediately.”
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- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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