Facebook Safety for Parents: A New App by BitDefender

Over the last few years I’ve found myself using Facebook more and more…like so many of you. At first I used it just like Classmates or Friendster (remember those?).  I created a superficial profile of what was going on in my world so that old friends from schools and jobs could catch up on my life in 2 secs and I could check out what they were doing (you had to give it up on those sites to catch a peek of others). And then the whole world joined Facebook. And now we use it for everything, in place of email, in place of photo sharing sites, in place of calling our own parents and siblings and children sometimes.

And I’ve never separated my personal and “professional” A Parent in Silver Spring persona on Facebook. It seemed too confusing, since I know IRL so many of you guys.  And while I’m fine telling 1,000 people that I’m pregnant and what my kids dressed up as for Halloween, I know that somewhere in there I need to have boundaries. I need to think more about online safety from the crazies – both the people and the viruses.

So I’m going to check out this new Facebook app from BitDefender. called safego. And you can too!  It’s currently in beta testing, but you can check it out right along with me. BitDefender is inviting us to be a part of this new product by sharing our opinions during this final testing phase. Direct feedback will be used by the company to make final tweaks.

Here’s some official info:

BitDefender‘s safego is designed to curb threats to personal privacy, spam attacks, and malware distribution campaigns that have been found to occur through this popular social networking platform.

How does it work?

Installing safego provides:

  • Privacy protection- You’ll be warned when you should modify your Facebook privacy settings so that personal information isn’t exposed.
  • Automatic scanning- Just press the “scan now” button to get a snapshot of your Facebook security status.
  • 24/7 protection- Your account is protected even when you’re not logged into Facebook.
  • Protection for your friends- You’ll have the ability to warn your friends about infected links in their Facebook accounts.

Here’s how we test out the product:

For more information about keeping yourself and your family safe online, visit BitMoms.com, a community dedicated to providing free resources and a place for parents to seek advice about keeping children safe on the internet.

I am sharing this information as a BitMom Blog Network Member.  No compensation was received for this post, however, I do receive a stipend to attend a blogging conference of my choice…that I haven’t yet used.

Comments

  1. LeticiaTechSavvyMama says

    Like you, I’ve never separated my personal and bloggy persona on Facebook.  I know I should but limit those who I am friends with to people I know IRL.  I tried the BitDefender Facebook scanner and it actually found malicious files.  Who knew!  

    Thanks for sharing this with your readers!  I’m curious to know what they think!

    -Leticia
    responding as friend, fellow bloggy BFF, and Chief BitMom for BitDefender for full disclosure (hi FTC!)

  2. Thanks for letting me know about this Leticia – I did a scan and did not have any infected or scariness in my profile, and all my security settings were working.

    Now I just have to keep myself from accepting friend requests from people only showing very random body parts as their profile pic. I don’t want to hurt their feelings, but those shots are NOT FLATTERING.

  3. Jackie Baumgartner says

    I ran across this in search of tools to help with security features with Facebook, you may want to try it out it worked for me.

    Free Cloakguard plugin for Facebook available from:
    Download – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/194385/
    Demo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4qN3TBqx08

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