Social media users have been given repeated warnings about the dangers of the networks they use daily, whether it be dangers from accidentally downloading malware to giving away too much information about yourself. Now, McAfee are giving a helping hand to those who respond to these concerns by taking steps to protect themselves online.
McAfee have just launched a new tool that works for Facebook users, called McAfee Social Protection. It is designed as a Facebook app which allows users to share photos with select friends – and those friends only – and not with the rest of their Facebook circle.
This responds to the concern about some users that the friends who they permit to see their photos can then share those photos with anyone that they know. This is out of a user’s hands and the ideas of certain photos getting out to friends of friends can make many people uncomfortable.
Photos that people might not want to share with a wider circle of friends of friends might encompass anything, from photos with an ex or current partner, beach snaps from their holidays, photos of their family members, or photos from fun nights out that might not put them in the best light if seen by people from their professional life. There are many more reasons why, but McAfee and Facebook have realised the worry that having photos of yourself floating around the internet might have for users.
The app means that you can stop people from copying, sharing, or downloading certain (or all) photos. It even stops people from taking screen shots of them. You can invite friends to view them and those who are not invited instead see a blurry view of your photo that completely obscures it. The photos are not even stored on Facebook’s server, instead on a secure Intel server which further heightens the protection.
The application will be free to the public in beta at the end of August, and McAfee believe that it will be well received by the growing numbers of people heeding the warnings about their social presence online.
Guest Article by Sophie Camp