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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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Controversy Over Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology Continues

Since Facebook’s facial recognition technology was turned off in Europe and Canada over privacy concerns, more and more questions are being raised about its use here in the United States.  Facebook says that the technology serves to better connect users with tag suggestions, an undeniably useful application. However, critics of facial recognition don’t have a…

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Canadian Cops Spied On Protesters With Fake Facebook Profile

According to documents obtained through the Canadian Access to Information Act, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) used a fake Facebook profile to spy on more than two-dozen organizations in Toronto. The profile, which went under the name “Bebop Arooney,” tracked a variety of groups, including Jewish and Palestinian organizations, Black Lives Matter Toronto, the…

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Facebook, Google, Others Push Back Against Terrorist-Reporting Legislation

Several large tech companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo are fighting against proposed Senate legislation that would require them to alert the government of terrorist activity taking place on their pages. “This is not your grandfather’s al-Qaida,” FBI Director James Comey said earlier this month. “This is a group of people using social media…

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Mom Finds Stolen Photos Of Her Baby On Facebook

A Forth Worth, Texas, mother received a rude surprise when she found a picture of her one-year-old daughter being used on an imposter Facebook profile. What’s worse, she had originally posted the photo in a closed Facebook group. “All of a sudden I saw someone, who I have no idea, posted in a group. And…

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Update: New York Court Says Facebook Can’t Stop Search Warrants

A New York court ruled this week that Facebook cannot challenge search warrants on behalf of its customers, reaching a conclusion that could prove to have major consequences for social media users and Internet privacy as a whole.  The case started when New York prosecutors used Facebook to collect information on 381 users suspected of…

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Illinois Man Arrested For Making Facebook Threats Against Chicago Mayor

A man in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has been taken into federal custody for making threats on Facebook to shoot a “high net-worth individual” before leaving for Pakistan. Mohammad Waqas Khan, who worked as an Uber driver in the Chicago suburb, was arrested in May for violating conceal and carry laws, and was still incarcerated this…

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Facebook Helps New Jersey Police Catch Bank Robber, Other Criminals

Police in Toms River township, New Jersey, scored a Facebook crime-solving “hat trick” this week, using the site to identify four individuals in connection with three separate crimes. By posting surveillance photos on the police department’s Facebook page, officials said they received more than a dozen tips about a bank robbery, a man that allegedly…

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A Friendly Reminder: Facebook Can Prompt You to Download Anti-Virus Software

Late last year, Facebook partnered with IT security vendor ESET to provide a free and basic anti-malware program to users. If you log on to Facebook with a device that’s infected with malware, a message will appear offering you the chance to scan your device and remove the bug—all without leaving Facebook. It’s a pretty…

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Blogger: Facebook Photos Are Being Stolen And Site “Couldn’t Care Less”

Lifestyle blogger Rosie Thomas is used to having her name and image stolen by strangers on Facebook. That’s why she wasn’t surprised this week when she discovered a page that spammed plastic surgery promotions was using her name and pictures from her profile. Thomas says that her identity has been used before without her consent…

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Man Gives Away Facebook Password To Internet Strangers

As an Internet experiment, a man named Joe Veix decided to give away all of the login information to an open Facebook profile. In a time when Facebook cracks down on profiles that don’t identify by “real names,” how would the site react to a completely fake profile under the control of hordes of online…

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Woman Changes Her Name Just To Access Facebook Account

In 2008, UK Facebook user Jemma Rogers registered for the site using the pseudonym Jemmaroid Von Laalaa. She did it to avoid unwanted friend requests, though she couldn’t have foreseen where her decision ultimately ended up: her decision to change her actual name to match her fake one. It all started when Facebook locked her…

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How To Protect Photos You are Tagged in From Facebook Creeping

Everybody has photos on Facebook that they want to hide. However, even if you hide tagged photos from your Timeline or leave tagged photos pending approval in your Timeline Review, they might be more visible than you think. Facebook’s Graph Search feature lets any user access every photo you’re tagged in by simply searching “Photos…

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