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Social Protection stops Facebook friends from copying and manipulating your photos

Social networks have become increasingly ubiquitous, and with that comes our (the user's) tendency to sometimes overshare. We post information and pictures that follow our lives for all to see, and that can lead to potential privacy issues if you don't know who is doing what with your info.

McAfee is now looking to address that problem with new privacy software for social networks. The software, simply called "Social Protection," gives users piece of mind when uploading photos on networks like Facebook. It allows Facebook friends to view your Facebook photos without being able to copy or manipulate them (which can currently be done very easily).

The software is a collaboration between McAfee and Intel.

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]

Mike DeCesare from McAfee presented Social Protection in Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012's keynote this morning. The main idea behind Social Protection is to protect pictures of children.

In a demo, DeCesare opened a picture of a father and his young daughter on Facebook. With McAfee Social Protection activated, DeCesare right-clicked on the image and chose "copy." Yet, when he pasted the image into a photo editing program, the image was blurred out with a stamp right in the center, which said "Protected by McAfee Social Protection."

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]

An associate that joined DeCesare on stage called the new software a "condom for your digital life."

McAfee Social Protection is currently in beta form.

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By bah12 on 9/12/2012 4:46:24 PM , Rating: 3
Holy crap a McAfee product that actually might be worth a damn. I'll just wait until MS, AVG, or other good anti-virus companies release theirs for free. Seriously how does McAfee still have a revenue stream with so many far superior free products available.

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By Motoman on 9/12/2012 5:18:42 PM , Rating: 2

Hit the Print Screen button and then paste it into Paint. Let's see what it does then.

Ultimately there's no way to stop a user from doing whatever they want with something that shows up on their monitor.

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By Master Kenobi on 9/12/2012 6:07:09 PM , Rating: 2
Ditto. Many video players have had similar software capabilities for years, and yet it's never an issue to get screenshots or capture in other programs. Ultimately this is still part of the "on your honor" club. If I want to take your picture and edit it, this silly piece of software isn't going to stop me. It might require I take an extra 1-2 seconds but that is all.

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By Motoman on 9/12/2012 9:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. Only the abjectly moronic will be stupid enough to buy this POS.

Should be a big hit with Apple users.

"Condom for your digital life" - newsflash: that fact that *you're* wearing a condom doesn't protect you from disease, when someone else is f%cking you in the arse bareback. This thing'll be about as effective as Peril Sensitive Sunglasses.

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By nedsand on 9/13/2012 3:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yep the only thing this is going to stop is Grandma who only wants to use the image as her desktop background.

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By nedsand on 9/13/2012 4:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
Corporations and ISPs. Cox gives away McAfee with their subscriptions. So do many other service providers. We use it at work. We switched to ForeFront for a year but had to go back because it wasn't PCI compliant.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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