How Can Facebook Groups Pose A Security Risk?

The hackers have discovered Facebook and they like it.

Of course I am just joking, there have been holes in the basic Facebook model for a while now.

There have been exploits that have penetrated through their app model and also other ways too.

It is only now though that the group features of Facebook have come under scrutiny.

security risks of Facebook groups

When people join Facebook, until they start to friend people that they know, they look for things to do on the service.

They try to see what all of the hype is about and so they start to explore the features that Facebook offers.

Facebook Groups

Usually this road will turn them onto the groups section of Facebook.

At best they seem to be loosely regulated and there are dangerous sections on there that people are now just starting to talk about.

Anyone who has a Facebook account can set up a group on the service.

It is pretty easy and when done in good faith, can join a big group of people together onto a topic that interest them all.

There have been people who have become real good friends and maybe even more through the Facebook groups.

Overall people really seem to like the feature.

But as we said earlier, some of the groups have been started only to deliver an exploit to Facebook users.

Security companies are reporting everyday about the severity of the infectious viruses that have been found in the groups section.

Unfortunately this is not only a Facebook problem.

When Myspace was on the top of the social media world, their group functions became a haven for exploits as well.

The problem got so bad, that the group features became less and less used all of the time.

By the end of the exodus for most people from Myspace to Facebook, barely anybody would use the group features anymore.

Action Required

This same fate can await Facebook groups if they do not do something about it soon.

Besides moderating their forums better, the one thing that Facebook can do, is to warn people about the problem.

This needs to be  better than they have done in the past.

If you are not getting rid of the phony groups in a fast enough manner, then at the very least, tell people about them.

I know that it looks bad when you have to tell people that a part of your system may be insecure but you at least owe them that much.

If you are not able to get the job done, then don’t put your users at risk for your mistake.

Facebook has a long way to go before they make the group section secure enough for people to feel completely safe.

It is too easy right now to place a link that goes anywhere on there.

I would recommend to people, that they study the group for a little while before they join it.

If it is not an active group, then most likely it is not one that you want to join.

No matter the topic, there are other groups that will talk about it.

If there isn’t, then start up your own.

That way you knows its safe.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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