BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Starting today, Facebook introduces new security filters that will enable users to protect themselves against possible cyber-attacks. The announcement is all the more surprising considering that special warnings will be displayed to let users know that they are being surveilled by security agencies.
Alex Stamos, the officer in charge of Facebook’s Security Department has published an official announcement to reassure users that their personal data is more protected than ever. According to his declaration, users will receive a personal notification warning them that hackers working for government agencies have pried into their accounts.
Stamos’ decision to increase security filters on the social network was not influenced by previous NSA scandals, but rather by the increasing number of cyber-attacks. Stamos has further explained that government hackers have become more dangerous than other online criminals.
Some of the investigations that these people make are perfectly understandable, but the majority of them can easily account as privacy violation. As a result, the social network will instruct users on the steps they need to make to safeguard their accounts.
After receiving the warning message, users will be asked to enable the Login Approval filter. This option lets users know every time a different person tried to access their profile pages. Notifications will be prompted whenever the Facebook account was accessed from a different location or a different device.
The National Security Agency has been harshly criticized for their decision to look into people’s online profiles. They have justified their means of investigation by saying that it is the only way to ensure citizens’ safety and security and to prevent terrorist attacks from happening again.
Users think they have the right to know when hackers look into their personal data. Facebook has denied all previous allegations and has reassured users that security filters have not been weakened to allow government officers’ to access them.
Stamos’ recent announcement may be regarded as one of the measures that Facebook is adopting to prove their commitment to the protection of users’ personal data.
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