Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) wants to have a flawless platform so that the users get a superior experience, and hence it is offering its developers double reward for pointing the flaws in the advertising codes of the networking giant. The amount offered by Facebook was doubled after a comprehensive security audit was conducted by the U.S.-based firm.
Offer lasts until end of year
Any person reporting a valid bug was paid $500 previously, and under the bug bounty program this amount has been raised to $1000, as per the program guidelines.
“…we hope to encourage researchers to become more familiar with the surface area of ads to better protect the businesses that use them,” Facebook Security Engineer Collin Greene said in a blogpost. Bugs were found in several areas like redeeming the same ads coupon multiple times without expiry and retrieving name of an unpublished Page via the Ads Create Flow by guessing its Page ID.
Until the end of current year, the new pay-out levels will last informed Greene. Ethical security researchers are known as ‘Whitehats’ while those who try to take advantage of the vulnerabilities existing are known as the ‘blackhats.’
Facebook intends to attract more advertisers
Separately, Safety Check is a major feature released by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) recently. Using this feature a user can check in to the social networking website and inform whether they are safe or not. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has discussed the usability of this feature, and said that at times of natural calamities and other crisis it is wise to make use of the internet as it serves as a powerful tool for disseminating vital information and makes it possible for people to connect freely with their loved ones. Mark says that the Security Check tool will help in serving the community at Facebook when it is of utmost importance.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) wants to establish itself as the top most website for online advertising, and is facing tough competition from rival Google. Therefore, the company is making attempts to gain a larger share in the advertising pie. The audit helped in finding out a large number of security bugs, which were fixed simultaneously. The social networker wants to make its security better and hence it is encouraging the Whitehats to find out the bugs missed by them.