Facebook unveils extent of cyber-attacks on site

600,000 hacks attempted per day on Facebook, site reveals new security options

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Facebook unveils extent of cyber-attacks on site Facebook has revealed that its site gets attacked 600,000 times per one billion log-ins. Not all of these attacks are successful.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 30, 2011

Every 24 hours, out of a billion log-ins, there are on average 600,000 attempts by cyber-criminals to access users' messages, photos and other personal information, according to a post by Facebook on its Facebook Security page on the social networking site.

This is the first time that Facebook has revealed the extent to which is it attacked by cyber-criminals every day.

The post also revealed that less that 4% of content shared on Facebook is spam and that less that 0.5% of Facebook users experience spam per day.

The information was revealed as part of a post unveiling new Facebook security measures, which are being implemented across the site to try to prevent security breaches.

These measures include a new tool designed to help users that get locked out of their account by allowing users to choose between three and five friends who can verify you as the account holder. Facebook will send your chosen users a code, which they can then pass onto you.

Facebook is also implementing app passwords, designed for use when users are logging into third party applications.

Facebook now has over 750 million users, 50% of which log-in to the social network every day. Users now spend 700 billion minutes a month on the site and the average Facebook user has 130 Facebook friends.

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