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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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Parents Set Up Facebook Profiles For Young Children

According to several parents interviewed by CBS Pittsburgh, more and more parents are willing to lie about the age of their children to set up a Facebook profile for them. Parents who are already uploading pictures of their kids to the site say that it’s just easier to give them their own profile and tag…

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Photos of Children Stolen From Mothers’ Facebook Pages

It’s hard enough for people to adequately protect their own digital identities. However, in today’s online culture of information oversharing, parents must also worry about safeguarding their children. Several mothers learned that the hard way when they were victimized by an unusual but disturbing form of online harassment: hackers stealing photos of their children from…

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Author: 160,000 Facebook Accounts are Compromised Per Day

According to Marc Goodman, author of the new book Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It, 160,000 Facebook accounts are compromised every day. The thesis of Goodman’s book is an important one: as the Internet becomes a bigger part of people’s lives and also grows rapidly in…

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12-Year-Old Political Activist Has Facebook Page Locked For “Suspicious Activity”

A 12-year-old boy from Georgia named C.J. Pearson has gained a large following on the site for his outspoken conservative beliefs. Last week, he posted a video clip of himself questioning President Obama’s love of the United States, and days later he was locked out of his Facebook page. Pearson was quick to blame his…

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Facebook Quells Fears About “Master” Account Access Power

Earlier this week, a record label executive named Paavo Siljamäki told a troubling story about a visit he paid to Facebook’s offices in Los Angeles offices. He was speaking to employees about how his business could use Facebook better when he was asked if an engineer could access his page. He gave his consent, and…

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Facebook Paid Bug Bounty Hunters $1.3 Million in 2014

There’s no doubt that Facebook has a problem with malware, spam and cybercrime on its pages. However, it has gone to great lengths to combat these issues with its bug bounty program, which pays individual security researchers and experts who uncover problems with the site. And according to a recent report on the program from…

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Facebook Teams Up With Mental Health Experts to Help Prevent Suicide

As the biggest social network in the world, Facebook collects an unprecedented amount of information on its more than 1.39 billion-strong active user base. While that’s usually a cause for concern, it can also be a force for good. That was the case this week when Facebook announced a partnership with Forefront: Innovations in Suicide…

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European Report Takes Facebook to Task

For as much trouble as Facebook gets in here in the United States, it finds itself embroiled in many more controversies in Europe. The latest came this week when the Belgian Data Protection Authority commissioned a report that slammed the site’s data policies and terms of use. The report, written by a group of Belgian…

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New Hampshire Man, Police Chief Face Off Over Facebook Free Speech

Robert Balon, a man in Gorham, New Hampshire, runs a Facebook page called “Welcome to Reality” where he shares his opinion and spouts off about local officials. However, one of Balon’s targets, Gorham police chief PJ Cyr, tried to get him to stop with a letter threatening legal action. That’s when things got messy. Cyr…

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Time Magazine: Facebook Should Censor Anti-Vaxxers

Facebook often finds itself in hot water with the media over its censorship practices. However, one editor at Time Magazine is actually calling on Facebook to censor more of its users in order to help combat the growing anti-vaccination movement. Through one of Mark Zuckerberg’s recent online book club choices, the Facebook founder and CEO…

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Update: Facebook Will Face A Class Action Lawsuit Over Real Names Policy

An increasingly vocal group of Native American Facebook users have expressed displeasure with the site for the past several weeks over its “real name” policy. That rule, which requires users to identify by their given birth names, has resulted in some Native Americans being booted from the social media network because of their unusual names.…

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Chicago Woman Uses Facebook to Rip Off Fellow Moms

Several women in Chicago have accused a fellow neighborhood mom of ripping them off with advertising and posts in private Facebook groups, according to CBS Chicago. The accused con artist, Jennifer Vestuto, sold clothing and accessories to her “friends” in private Faceook groups like “Moms of Oak Lawn.” After Vestuto would post about an item…

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