U.S. senators and the American Civil Liberties Union, along with privacy advocate groups, are up in arms about Facebook privacy.
Many companies who use virtual offices also use Facebook as part of their social media marketing. How should a virtual office user respond to the privacy and security issues on Facebook? One way is to take advantage of the new tools Facebook is offering to secure your privacy.
Facebook announced two new security measures on Thursday that aim to keep member accounts and personal information secure. The new tools work to keep the bad guys out and keep members aware of any suspicious activity so they can take action to correct it.
“Over the last few weeks, we've been testing a new feature that allows you to approve the devices you commonly use to log in and then to be notified whenever your account is accessed from a device you haven't approved,” says Lev Popov, a software engineer on Facebook’s site integrity team. “This feature is now available to everyone.”
Securing Your Virtual Office
Virtual office users should select the option to receive notifications for logins from new devices. You can save your any computer you regularly use or your mobile phone, for example. When you do this, Facebook will ask whomever logs into your account from a device not on the list to name the device and send you an immediate notification that someone was trying to access your account. That notification offers details on how to reset your password and remove the device, in case it was accessed by a cybercriminal.
Virtual office users should also tap into a new Facebook system to block suspicious logins before they happen. When Facebook notices someone trying to access your account from a device not listed in your account security settings, that person, whether it’s you or someone else, will be asked to answer an additional verification question to prove their identity as the authentic account holder. After you confirm your identity, you can review recent log ins and reset your password if you see logins you don’t recognize.
As a virtual office user that relies on Facebook to stay in touch with customers, make new connections or market products, you need to use wisdom in how you share your personal information. Your virtual office system could be secure—Davinci Virtual never shares your private information with anyone—but once you stray from your computer onto the Internet, you could compromise your virtual office if you don’t practice safe computing measures. If you are using Facebook, we recommend you take full advantage of the new security measures the social networking site is offering so you can better secure your virtual office system.
Check out this video that explains some of the dangers Facebook could pose to the security of your virtual office information.