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Facebook acquires PrivateCore, aims to better secure your data on its servers

Mark Zuckerberg in front of the Facebook logo
Mark Zuckerberg in front of the Facebook logo (Image credit: Android Central)

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is buying online security company PrivateCore for an undisclosed amount of money. It's almost certainly not Instagram or Oculus levels of cash, never mind the tens of billions thrown at Whatsapp, but it will, apparently, help Facebook secure all of the data — the personal, private social data that all of us who use Facebook choose to share with them — on its servers. Oded Horovitz, CEO, posted the following on PrivateCore's website:

Since the beginning, we have worked tirelessly on our technology to protect servers from malware threats, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices. Working together with Facebook, there is a huge opportunity to pursue our joint vision at scale with incredible impact. Over time, Facebook plans to deploy our technology into the Facebook stack to help protect the people who use Facebook. We know we will learn and grow as we continue developing our technology and making it stronger.

Facebook's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan also elaborated on the deal:

Post by Joe Sullivan.

Given the value of the data — again, our data — stored on Facebook, it's great to see them paying more attention to security. No system is ever foolproof, but that just means everyone has to work harder to protect them, all the time.

Do you share a lot of personal information with Facebook? If so, how important is their data security to you?

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8 Comments
  • " Given the value of the data — again, our data — stored on Facebook, it's great to see them paying more attention to security. No system is ever foolproof, but that just means everyone has to work harder to protect them, all the time." What in the world are you talking about? The whole point of Facebook is to share your personal information with the world. So everytime you brush your teeth, take a dump, or want to talk about your personal problems, you post it online. Like this bright young woman...
    DramaMINE: http://youtu.be/2hEUbezqd88 Then Facebook sells your personal information to the highest bidder....
    So again, security? Security for what? For Facebook to help secure your information that they will sell to others better? Posted via Android Central App using the all new HTC One (m8)
  • You give them the info they share, if you can't keep your secrets don't expect someone to keep them for you. Every time something leaves your person and goes to someone else there is a chance they will do what they want with the information. The first part of security is on you. After that you have zero right to complain. Posted via Android Central App
  • this.
  • Agree 100% everyone always has to blame when their stuff is shared. If you don't want it shared, don't give it out Posted via Android Central App
  • All that data you give them is worth lots of money to *them*, they don't want anyone else mining it and selling it.
  • Yes better secure it so it can sell the information at a higher price, well played Facebook.
  • "Better" privacy & security...on Facebook. Lmao
  • The day that Facebook meets the same fate as MySpace can't come soon enough. Posted via Android Central App