Norton blocks Facebook as 'phishing site'
Well, it does collect private info
Symantec has withdrawn an update to its Norton consumer security software that branded Facebook a phishing site on Wednesday.
The snafu meant that users of Norton Internet Security were blocked from accessing the social networking site and were told a "fraudulent web page" had been blocked, as illustrated in a discussion thread on Symantec's support forums here.
While wags might joke that Facebook is all about persuading punters to supply personal information to a website that ought not to be trusted, it's a bit of a stretch to even compare Zuckerberg's Reservation to a fraudulent banking site. Symantec responded to the problem within hours. From the looks of support forum postings affected users were left dazed and confused rather than seriously inconvenienced or aggrieved by the screw-up.
Security firms update their signature definition files to detect either rogue applications or questionable websites at increasing frequency in order to keep up with malware production rates. Plenty of effort is put into the quality assurance process across the industry but even so mistakes sometimes occur. False positives are a cross-industry problem that affects all vendors. ®
For this and other many reasons
I tell my customer's that Symantec software is considered malware.
Its bloated, consumes memory and sometimes deletes files that your computer needs to work.
Mine is the one with shoe with fits...
MSE blocking Chrome...
Norton blocking facebook...
At last, antiviruses are getting efficient at finding the real malwares!
"even so mistakes sometimes occur"? Really?
Whether you like Facebook or not, they should be on the list of known commonly accessed non-malicious websites in the Q&A suite. Blocking them should be only slightly less embarrassing than blocking Google with the same error message.