When you’re the biggest social network on the block, a multi-billion dollar company with billions of people using it every day for pretty much every purpose. Take that away, and as we’ve seen with every Facebook outage, people start freaking out. When your account is compromised, it’s even more heartbreaking and worrying, so Facebook has a program to warn you if anyone other than you tries to log into Facebook. Facebook is rolling out a warning for government-sponsored hacking attacks.
Facebook is about as secure as anything can be, and yet there are always forces out there looking to get into places where they don’t belong, like Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook account. Facebook pays out security bonuses for people who catch bugs, but government or state-sponsored actors are much more dangerous, much more capable than the average computer expert, if only because they have significant resources, lots of time, and multiple people to dedicate to ruining your specific Facebook account. Hence, Facebook’s Login Approvals.
“While we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised, 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,” writes Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, in a post detailing what the new warnings entail.
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