A new way to keep your Facebook photos under (virtual) lock and key

Facebook's stock price is plummeting, users are none too pleased with its maze of security controls and a move toward giving sponsored messages priority in searches isn't likely to endear it to anyone. That said, deleting one's Facebook account is a drastic move few will actually take, and it remains the largest photo sharing site out there. 

McAfee is taking aim at those concerned about the privacy of their pictures with Social Protection, a new tool in free public beta that protects user photos from being shared without their permission. When users upload photos through the app, they can select which friends have access to the photos, while the pictures appear blurry to everyone else. It also prevents anybody else from saving, printing, downloading or screengrabbing those images.

Social Protection, developed by Intel and McAfee, is available as a Facebook app and browser plug-in for PCs using Firefox 8 and higher, or Internet Explorer 8 or higher (for all its ridicule, IE still has a decent chunk of the browser market).

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