Facebook boosts security, allows ‘sponsored stories’

Facebook unveiled new security enhancements on Jan. 26 designed to protect the content of users’ profiles, RedOrbit reports. The new security tools include the availability of one-time passwords that members can use at shared computers in places such as airports or coffee shops, where keystrokes might be saved. Users can request a one-time-only password that expires in 20 minutes by sending a mobile phone text message “otp” to 32665.  The mobile phones must be registered in Facebook users’ accounts to receive the temporary passwords. The announcement of the new tools coincides with this week’s international Data Privacy Day, the company said. “This Friday is Data Privacy Day, an international effort by governments, businesses and advocacy groups to raise awareness about the importance of staying in control of personal information. A key part of controlling information has always been protecting it from security threats like viruses, malware and hackers,” wrote Alex Rice, a security engineer with Facebook, in a posting on the company’s blog…

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