Many Americans have worried that the government is monitoring their online activities. Facebook will now let you know if that might be happening.
Facebook has announced that it will begin to warn users if it detects that an account has been targeted by a government-sponsored entity, such as the National Security Agency (NSA).
"While we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised, we decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored," Alex Stamos, Facebook's Chief Security Officer, wrote in a blog post Oct. 17, according to Mashable.
"We do this because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others, and we strongly encourage affected people to take the actions necessary to secure all of their online accounts," he added.
If Facebook detects evidence of government intruding on a Facebook user's account, they will send this warning:
Stamos said that Facebook most likely will not be able to provide an explanation as to why the government may be targeting a user's account.
He added that if you receive the warning above, you should go into Login Approvals in your Facebook settings and enable two-factor authentication. He also suggests that users "rebuild or replace" their computer system as it may be infected by malware.
Photo Credit: Mad World News, Johan Larsson/Flickr