August 06, 2012, 10:58 AM —
Facebook photos have a bad habit of showing up on the wrong pages. McAfee's new Social Protection software will make you the blur.
If you trust Facebook to keep photos private, your naivete will be your undoing. One friend who has access to "those" party photos and puts one on her page means the world can see you doing "that" while "hammered" or worse. Or Facebook can change their privacy rules again, making public what used to be private.
So McAfee, working with corporate owner Intel's Brazil developers, announced a Facebook app called Social Protection (cnet). Not only will the app blur faces beyond recognition, it will prevent others from downloading the photos as well. The trick? Your friends must download the app to their browser to "de-blur" the photos. If it works, "that photo" will be safe from all except your BFFs.
Believe me, it might block the "Print Screen" keystroke, but my buddy, "Snipping Tool" that came with my Windows 7 will help me take snapshot of the picture without pressing any buttons.
Vitaliy_Russian on cnet.com
Actually, the technology does prevent the Print Screen button from working -- if you press Print Screen, the image (in fact, the entire window) will not be captured. The Windows Snipping Tool also does not work.
Sarah Jacobsson Purewal on pcworld.com
Not for me
Honestly, if any of my Facebook friends installed that, I probably just wouldn't look at their pictures. I like the concept, but I don't like having to download a plug-in just to view photos on Facebook. It seems like more trouble than it's worth.
Alpha__13 on cnet.com
If you came across a McAfee Social Protection modified photo, would you:
A) download the app to see the photo your friend wants to keep hidden
B) click to the next page?