It is indicated that the larger Facebook security infographic shows that .06 of around 1 billion log-ins daily on Facebook are blocked, though using the word “comprised” is something that has created some confusion.
This security infographic was showed on Facebooks blog post that shows 600,000 log-ins each day are comprised apparently. It’s a given that the false impression taken from this post is because there are many accounts comprised each day.
Cnet specifically asked Facebook to talk about what was provided and they were given this statement:
While Facebook does block (approximately) 600,000 log-ins per day, it is not that these Facebook accounts are compromised on Facebook, and certainly not that they’re ‘hacked’ as some have written. There may be compromised accounts that appear on Facebook, but more often than not they are compromised off of Facebook–they use the same password for e-mail as Facebook, they get phished, etc. Compromised in this sense refers to log-ins where we are not absolutely confident that the account’s true owner is accessing the account and we either preemptively or retroactively block access. We are being preventative and helping make sure people secure their account even if they aren’t actually compromised on Facebook.
And after the following, follow-up questions I did learn that the so-called “retroactive blocks” are actually attend to occur right after anonymous log-ins are detected, or if the account exhibits malicious/unusual behavior. It is said by a Facebook spokesperson that “unfortunately, I do not have a beakdown of pre- vs post-blocks”.
A number of these log-ins that are found suspicious, could be malicious actors trying to get into Facebook accounts, though many are legit log-ins which by the holder of the account who is using a computer that may have a virus on it. “In these cases, we will block the user account, while asking the user to scan their computer for infections on their computer with their own antivirus”, as said by the Facebook spokesperson.
A number of those undisclosed 600,000 log-ins may involve accounts that are already compromised, which Facebook will most likely block the account after finding out about the suspicious log-ins.
So how many accounts are actually at risk each day?, the Facebook spokesperson does not have statistics on that subject.
For now, if your account does indeed get taken over, you can simply get it back by using the new Trusted Friends feature that was revealed yesteday with another security infographic. This lets you choose three to five friends who you deeply trust to help you get access to your hijacked account. The codes that are secret will be sent to them so that they can share the code with you incase of your account getting taken over.
Facebook seems to be something that I have tried to go without for awhile to see what life is like without it. I think it’s a great way to connect with friends, but I find it quite distracting at most times. There are even viruses within Facebook itself made in code of web apps, and there are also alot of hackers using Facebook to steal user information, personal data etc. There really isn’t a safe place anywhere on the internet, to go without the either extreme or very low possibility of getting your computer infected, or getting your personal information stolen or revealed. The security does seem to be improving though.