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How to Lockdown 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 a billion members, and…

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How Much Can Facebook Reveal About You? Check Your Privacy With Digital Shadow

A marketing campaign for the upcoming Ubisoft video game “Watch Dogs” aims to show users just how much of their personal info they put out on Facebook. The campaign, called “Digital Shadow,” works by obtaining a user’s permission to access their Facebook account. It then pulls information from their profile to create a “dossier” of…

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How to Disable Facebook Video Auto-Play

As you may have noticed, your Facebook News Feed recently began auto-playing videos. This can be annoying on a PC and downright harmful on your mobile device, as it can eat up your data or drain your device’s battery. However, you can disable the auto-play feature on PC and Android devices and save yourself the…

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Facebook Launches Feature to Help Users Find Nearby Friends

Facebook announced a new feature this week called Nearby Friends that will allow you to see which of your friends are near you in real life. The feature can also share your exact location to others. The app uses geolocation technology within mobile devices to determine your proximity to your Facebook friends. Facebook already allows…

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Facebook Changing News Feed to Make it Less Spammy

Facebook announced last week that it will change its News Feed algorithm in an effort to stop spammy content from spreading on the site. “We are announcing a series of improvements to News Feed to reduce stories that people frequently tell us are spammy and that they don’t want to see,” Facebook wrote in its…

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IRS Using Facebook to Catch Tax Cheats

As tax time rolls around once again, many desperate individuals will game the IRS to avoid paying in their share. However, the IRS is adopting some high-tech countermeasures to catch tax fraudsters, including monitoring suspected tax cheats’ Facebook profiles. “It’s hard to believe that anybody who puts anything on Facebook has any legitimate expectation of…

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Facebook Seeks Changes to “Revenge Porn,” & Employer Password Legislation

Facebook is stepping up its efforts around the country to help address online privacy issues through legislation. In the state of New York, Facebook is currently supporting bills that would make so-called “revenge porn” a crime, as well as legislation that would ban employers from asking for access to employees’ digital accounts. “Revenge porn” is…

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Facebook Tweaking Sharing Settings for Post Options

Facebook announced last week that it will test a series of new features that will make it easier for users to share with the intended audience on the platform.  Currently, Facebook web users see only two options for which groups of people they share their content with: “public” and “friends.” Some of the changes to…

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How to Protect Yourself From the “Heartbleed” Bug

A new bug called “Heartbleed” has cropped up online that could be affecting over 500,000 servers, according to Internet research firm Netcraft. The bug is designed to mine a server’s memory, which could include private data like credit card numbers, user names and passwords. In order to protect yourself from the bug, you can check…

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Study: Only Five Percent of Americans Trust Facebook the Most With Their Info

Facebook doesn’t have a good reputation among the general public for its privacy practices, according to a recent poll conducted by Reason-Rupe. The study found that only five percent of Americans trusted Facebook the most with their information, ranking the site behind even the IRS and the NSA, the organization responsible for spying on American…

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Man in Jail for Facebook Rapping Seeks Supreme Court Appeal

In 2010, Pennsylvania man Anthony Elonis was convicted on five counts of transmitting threatening communications over the Internet for crude rap lyrics he wrote on Facebook threatening the murders of his estranged wife and even an FBI agent. Elonis has spent three years in prison, but is now seeking appeal from the Supreme Court. Elonis…

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South Carolina Principal Resigns After “Honey Boo-Boo” Facebook Post

A South Carolina assistant principal resigned his position this week after a controversy broke over some of his Facebook posts, with hundreds of people signing a petition asking for his termination. The man, Charles Fowler, posted a picture to his Facebook page of a six-year-old girl shopping in a Wal-Mart with the caption “Honey Boo-Boo…

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Oculus CEO Soothes Fans Amid Outcry Over User Privacy and Sale to Facebook

Last week, Facebook announced a $2 billion purchase of Oculus, a company that makes virtual reality headsets. The move stirred outrage in many online communities, with Oculus fans pushing back against the company and decrying the fact that VR technology could be taken over by Facebook. Several of Oculus’ leaders even reported receiving death threats…

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