Google and Facebook offer free cyber security tools
"Google and Facebook have both launched free open source cyber security tools, designed to help security professionals spot malware and cyber attacks.
Google's RAPPOR tool – which cyber experts describe as an 'important innovation' with 'great potential' – aims to help security professionals gather statistics about bugs and malware, without infringing on individual users' privacy.
Google has made RAPPOR (Randomised Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response) available for free, and is currently testing the tool on its Chrome browser ‘to learn statistics about how unwanted software is hijacking users' settings’.
In a 30 October blog, Google head of security research, Úlfar Erlingsson, said that RAPPOR is one of the first implementations of differential privacy – ‘widely accepted as being the strongest form of privacy’ – and provides security data while guaranteeing client privacy by building on the concept of ‘randomised response’.”
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