This month, Facebook rolled out a new messaging feature that will provide users with more options for communicating with each other, including the ability to send email from within the social network to persons who aren’t members. As part of the messaging system, Facebook users will get @facebook.com email accounts, and it’s all tightly integrated with chat and text messaging. Now a consultant from Sophos warns that this increases the risk of all sorts of nasty things, from spam to botnet attacks. Facebook representatives note that users can block specific types of messages by configuring their settings.
More and more companies are allowing or even encouraging workers to use social networking tools on the job. If users on your network log onto Facebook from your company machines, it’s imperative that they be educated to understand how to protect themselves by properly configuring their privacy settings. Read more here: