At Facebook, where people keep so much of their lives and information, they’ve built an amazing security team solely focused on making sure our users have a safe experience on the site. The security team at Facebook is dedicated to investigating and auditing their own code for holes, as well as reaching out to people in an extended community to let us know if they’ve missed anything. If they get a report of a bug or a hole from a user, a security researcher, a reporter, blogger, or anyone, they check it out and fix it as quickly as possible.
As a Facebook user you can help them protect you by doing the following things:
- Report any spam message or posting you see. The more reports they get, the easier it is for them to respond decisively.
- Never share your Facebook password with anyone. Never. No Facebook employee will ever ask for it, and no one else should know it. If you are ever prompted to log in to Facebook, make sure it’s from a legitimate Facebook web address. If something looks or feels off, go directly to www.facebook.com to log in.
- If your Windows PC or Mac is ever infected with malware or a virus, check out these helpful sites: http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.mspx or http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
- Finally, just as in your off line community, be aware of your surroundings in your online community. If a user doesn’t seem right, or says or posts something that you feel is threatening or inappropriate, report it to them.