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McAfee (an Intel company) is one of the top-tier names when it comes to security. The new McAfee Social Protection for Facebook carries (or at least attempts to) carry the tradition forward. The app will be made available as a public beta at the end of this month. The Social App adds another layer of privacy to your Facebook photos. When you upload your photos using the app, you can blur out specific photos and thumbnails and make them indistinguishable to the contacts you don’t want to open it up to.

Also, if you want it so, your friends can view the pictures but they can’t ever download them. The McAfee Social Protection app disables the save, download and even the use a screen capture tool to grab your picture. Instead, the screen capture tool will only record a blank space.  As McAfee says – your photos stay your photos.

The video below demonstrates some of the dangers (a young woman’s image is pirated and reused as a sexy Internet meme) which the app will attempt to circumvent.

McAfee’s new app for Facebook fills in the space between a user’s unrestrained use of Facebook as a photo-sharing platform and Facebook’s nearly perplexing privacy features. The Social Protection app should make it more user friendly. You can subscribe now and McAfee will let you know when the app becomes available.

Source: PC World


  1. Laga Mahesa
    August 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    God how I despise antivirus companies.

  2. Mel Reynolds
    August 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Great Idea "IF" it works, looks like to have to subscribe to find out....

  3. Roman Vávra
    August 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    as somebody here said, not possible...

    • Saikat Basu
      August 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      He is James, and he is the head honcho here when it comes to all matters tech. So, he knows his stuff :) I have come across videos where I haven't been able to take screenshots (with the industry leading SnagIt), but those have been failings of the software itself I am sure. I wonder how they will do it on a FB photo. All I can say is...let's see.

      • Roman Vávra
        August 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        Ok :) sorry about that, Im new here...

        By the way...when I see something about McAfee (mean their products), Im on "I dont trust this" mode, because of my bad experience with their products...

  4. muotechguy
    August 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Not possible. Any page asset is both downloadable, and inspectable on the page. Nothing they do would be able to prevent a screen capture; if anything, it would only work on windows.

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