November 01, 2011

Facebook Gets Seven Unauthorized Log-in Attempts per Second


BusinessInsider reported this week that social networking giant Facebook gets more than 600,000 unauthorized log-in attempts every day. It amounts to seven per second. And those numbers come from Facebook, wrote BusinessInsider reporter Matt Rosoff.

At that rate, according to Facebook, only 0.06 percent of more than 1 billion log-ins per day are compromised, wrote Rosoff. So security firm Sophos picked up on the statistics from Facebbook and did some analysis to come with another interpretation. As per the security firm’s interpretation, it amounts to 600,000 unlawful log-ins per day.

As per the BusinessInsider report, the new feature just announced by Facebook is called "Trusted Friends." It lets the subscriber pick three to five friends to share a key code with in case the subscriber loses access to the account. While one can always do a password reset to recover the account, but if the subscriber’s password has been snooped, odds are you can't get into your email either.

In a blog post, Facebook said it is “like giving a house key to a friend." Furthermore, Facebook has also announced "App Passwords," a new security measure that lets you assign passwords to specific third-party apps you frequently use, wrote Rosoff.

According to the reporter, “these two new features are being tested over the coming weeks, and should launch soon after the testing concludes.”

For better understanding of the full range of security features and how they all work together to keep the subscribers safe while on Facebook, the social networking giant has released an infographic. It provides a complete overview of all the security tools available to all Facebook users.

 


Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves



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