Facebook, the leading social networking platform is reaching out to its widespread user base to fight phishing activities that are circulating the website.
Recently, a lot of phishing mails have been fooling users asking them to reveal their private credentials like password. Facebook is taking a big step forward in ensuring the safety and security of its users by setting up a team for receiving complaints about phishing. Victims can report phishing at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Phishing mails disguise themselves as authoritative entities and request revealing of private data for verification. Some users receive mails stating that their account has been compromised and they need to verify their account by clicking on links. Such fake links are used to gain login information of innocent users. Facebook has informed that legit mails from them never ask users to reveal such information or demand clicking of links for verification.
A new eCrime team from Facebook will receive the complaints via mail and investigate about the matter. Following this, subsequent steps like blacklisting and site takedowns will be taken.
Facebook intends to help victims by securing their accounts and educating them about such threats. This new team will co-work with the existing internal systems in Facebook to fight phishing. The internal systems will notify the eCrime team and assist them in gathering information about the attack. This will be followed by steps like notifying the victims and take down of phishing sites.
Facebook has been continuously upgrading security features over the past few months. In June, a significant updated added features like reporting of unwanted content, easier confirmation of logins and locking of accounts in situations like breaching. There have been reports going around that Facebook is enhancing chat security by scanning for criminal activity.
Facebook had recently added an automatic alert feature to notify users in case their devices get infected by Malware. In April 2012, Facebook had partnered with anti-virus providers for offering a 6 month trial downloads of security software.
Facebook’s increasing curiosity in security is a healthy sign which reveals a lot of about company’s stand on privacy of its users. Let’s hope that Facebook succeeds in fighting such crimes and takes the platform to an advanced level of security.