By Florence Onuegbu
The Chief Security Officer at Facebook, Mr Alex Stamos, says the company has redesigned its Safety Centre to enable people stay safe online.
Stamos said in a statement on Friday in Lagos that the redesigned safety centre was the company’s approach to making the internet more secure for everyone.
The statement said that keeping people and their information safe was a core part of helping the community to grow, connect and support each other.
According to the statement, Facebook builds security protections to help keep people safe, even under non-ideal circumstances that security professionals often overlook, such as weak password usage or running out-of-date devices.
It added that the company performed automated checks to help to detect suspicious logins so as to protect people’s accounts.
It said that the company also shipped its own cryptography with their mobile app to make people more secure on those devices.
The statement said that there was the need for consumer awareness about safety and security to protect their information and build their confidence while online.
“Nigeria officially recognised National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, underscoring the need to educate the public about how to protect themselves.
“This focus on awareness is at the heart of Facebook’s newly redesigned Safety Centre, an engaging resource to help people to get the information they need about controlling their information and staying safe.
“People come to Facebook to share important and personal moments in their lives. That is why we build our services and tools to help them to remain in control and protect their accounts.
“We always have to consider the situations in which our technology will be used so that we can offer people the best security and safety for what they need,’’ it said.
“The new Safety Centre walks people through Facebook-tools to control your experience as well as numerous tips and resources for safe and secure sharing.
“The Safety Centre is available in over 50 languages; works well on mobile devices and includes step-by-step videos on a variety of popular safety topics.’’
The statement said that Facebook worked with partners, including the International Centre for Leadership Development in Nigeria and Watoto Watch Network in Kenya to bring its safety resources to life and address local communities.
“This update also brings the Bullying Prevention Hub to everyone on Facebook. The Hub is a resource for teens, parents and educators seeking guidance on how to prevent and address bullying.
“Developed with the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence in 2013, Facebook now works with nearly 60 partners around the world to make the Bullying Prevention Hub more widely available.
“For Facebook, making the world more open and connected also means keeping people and their information safe. Check out the new Facebook Safety Centre today,’’ it quoted Stamos as saying.
Facebook was founded in 2004, with a mission to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what is going on in the world and to share and express what matters to them.
Facebook has 1.04 billion daily active users on average worldwide and 7.2 million daily visitors from Nigeria.