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How to Lock Down Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

Recent studies show that privacy concerns are very much on the minds of Facebook users. Part of being a responsible member of any  online community is educating yourself and your loved ones on how to properly configure the privacy and security settings offered by the platform. The fact that Facebook has over a billion members,…

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Report: Facebook Login Feature May Have Exposed User Data

The privacy problems just keep mounting for Facebook. This week, a report from Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy revealed that the “Login with Facebook” feature used widely across the web may have exposed your data to third-party trackers. The Login with Facebook tool is used across the vast majority of popular websites, not…

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Facebook Facial Recognition Error Could Cause Problems For The Company

Facebook has committed to complying with a strict new European privacy law called GDPR that will require it to obtain users’ consent before gathering their data. However, the site has already made an error that calls into question how effective this compliance will be. Late last week, a UK journalist received a notification from Facebook…

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Facebook Is Rolling Out European Privacy Protections To Everyone

European citizens have long enjoyed stronger privacy protections than we do in the United States. Those protections have often caused problems for Facebook, which regularly finds itself embroiled in lawsuits regarding what it does with European users’ data. In part, that’s what led to the creation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law…

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Facebook Finally Takes Down Cybercrime Groups With Over 300,000 Members

Facebook is one of the greatest platforms for connecting people in human history. But with that unparalleled ability to put people in touch comes the risk it’ll be used for shady business. Indeed, as investigative website KrebsOnSecurity recently discovered, there’s a bustling underground network of private groups on Facebook engaged in all kinds of cybercrime.…

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Musician Has Facebook Profile Hacked, Urges Easier Recovery Process

It’s a traumatic experience to realize your Facebook account has been hacked. However, that’s often just the start of trouble for hacked users, who find themselves locked in an endless fight with Facebook to regain control of their profile. That has been the case for British singer Philippa Hanna, who recently discovered that her Facebook…

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Expert: Stop Posting Details About Your Personal History On Facebook

At the heart of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal is an app that gathered users’ info from a series of light-hearted questions. And Facebook is full of these pages, asking users seemingly-innocuous questions like what was users’ first jobs, childhood pets, high school and more. There’s nothing wrong with this kind of curiosity on the…

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Bill Introduced To Constrain Facebook’s Data Collection  

Following Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Capitol Hill this week, two U.S. senators introduced a bill that would dramatically cut down on how Facebook is able to collect our information. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey introduced the CONSENT Act (short for Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions) that would require Facebook and other…

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Zuckerberg Gets Grilled By Lawmakers About “Shadow Profiles”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to Capitol Hill this week to testify in front of lawmakers about his company’s data and privacy shortcomings. While most of the interactions accomplished little besides proving lawmakers don’t know much about Facebook, several lines of questioning did result in eye-opening answers from Zuck. For instance, why exactly does Facebook…

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Update: Data Breach Had Private Messages, Too

Things just keep getting worse for Facebook this week as Mark Zuckerberg heads to Capitol Hill to testify about his company’s many ongoing privacy controversies. And one of the biggest scandals plaguing the site got even bigger when it was revealed that the private contents of about 1,500 users’ messages were obtained by Cambridge Analytica…

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Facebook Closes Security Loopholes, Begins Notifying Users About Data Breach

Facebook continued its efforts to win back public trust this week by rolling out a notification to users whose data was leaked in the Cambridge Analytica breach last fall. Starting now, the estimated 87 million users who were affected can expect to see a detailed message from Facebook in their news feeds.   Additionally, every…

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Facebook Secretly Deleted Messages From Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is in the middle of an unprecedented crisis of public trust. More and more users are beginning to question what Facebook is doing with their personal information — and why the site has so much of it in the first place. And in this atmosphere of mounting skepticism, more stories are coming to light…

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Facebook Is Scanning Your Messages On Messenger

Given all the other privacy controversies rocking Facebook, it should come as no surprise that the social media giant is reading your messages, too. Facebook itself confirmed this week that it scans the contents of messages sent through the Messenger platform, looking for what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called “sensational” content. Facebook considers the actual…

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