April 18, 2011

Sophos criticises Facebook security in open letter

by Jan Harris

Security firm Sophos has published an open letter to Facebook on its Naked Security blog, calling for the social network to improve security.

Sophos wants Facebook to implement a three-point plan to offer privacy by default, vetted app developers and https for everything.

Introducing these three security features would create a safer environment for Facebook users, according to the security firm.

The plan would ensure that information was no longer shared without the members’ agreement, that only approved third-party developers would be allowed to publish apps, and that the recently introduced https option would be turned on by default.

Apps are a major security headache for Facebook, which has over one million registered developers.

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