Facebook Home, the new app that replaces the home screen on an Android smartphone, should be banned from corporate networks to avoid unnecessary security risks, experts say.
Facebook introduced Home on Thursday aiming to give its 1 billion users the option of always staying connected with friends and family through their Android phones.
The app, set for release next week, sits on top of the operating system and becomes the phone’s user interface. The UI is heavily focused on making it easy to interact with other Facebok users.
While that may be great for the social network’s avid fans, the app’s dominance is a nightmare for corporations that have a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy for employees.
“That’s the first thing I would block on my network,” Chester Wisniewski, a security adviser for Sophos, said of Facebook Home.
The first problem is the unknown. Because security professionals outside of Facebook have not tested the app, no one knows whether it contains vulnerabilities that a hacker could use to install malware.