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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 over a billion members,…

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Fake Ebola Stories Stoke Fear on Facebook

About 340,000 Facebook users shared a story on the site this week about a family of five in Purdon, Texas that were all infected with Ebola and had their home quarantined. However, the story, published by a “satirical” site called the National Report, isn’t true. In fact, according to experts, that story and others like…

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Report: Facebook Still Deactivating Drag Queen Facebook Accounts

When Facebook formally apologized to the LGBT community for deactivating the accounts of drag queen performers because they were not identifying themselves using their real names, many assumed the issue was resolved. However, as reported by The Guardian last week, the site has continued to shut down accounts. According to Facebook, hundreds of accounts were…

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Update: Facebook Won’t Allow DEA to Create Fake Profiles

It was revealed earlier this month that an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had set up a fake Facebook profile for a suspect using information and pictures confiscated from her phone. The woman in question is suing the DEA for $250,000 in damages, and Facebook itself has now entered the fray, strongly reprimanding…

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Facebook Checking Hacker Sites For Stolen Passwords

Many of us know we’re not supposed to do it, but we do anyway: we use the same password across many different websites. That kind of laziness, though incredibly common, is exactly what hackers depend on. When wide-scale data breaches do then occur, it giftwraps access to not just one of your accounts, but many.…

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Court: Parents Can Be Held Liable For Their Kids on Facebook

In 2011, two 7th-graders in Cobb County, Georgia set up a malicious Facebook account making fun of one of their classmates while they sat in homeroom. The girl who was victimized by the page recognized the photo used of her and knew who had made it. She filed suit in 2012 against both students and…

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Facebook Introduces “Safety Check” for Disasters

Facebook announced a new feature this week called Safety Check, which can be used by users during natural disasters to inform friends and family that they’re safe. Facebook engineers in Japan began working on the tool following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in 2011. They received positive feedback from Facebook for…

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[Phishing Alert] Scammers use Facebook Ads to Bait Users

Phishing attacks are notoriously common on Facebook. If a scammer can obtain a user’s login credentials then they can create all sorts of mayhem! The latest phishing scheme we’ve uncovered involves the use of Facebook ads. We noticed the advertisement shown below in the bottom right column of our Timeline. It is common for ads…

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Beware – Fake Facebook Apps on the Rise

Though Facebook already has an official mobile app, that doesn’t stop cyber scammers from tricking would-be downloaders into putting a fake app on their phone and revealing personal information. According to Cheetah Mobile Threat Lab, the digital security firm has detected around 15,000 fake social networking apps in the past year. Unsurprisingly, Facebook alone was…

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New App Prevents Facebook From Tracking Mobile Users Across Web

It’s not a secret: Facebook is hungry for more of its user’s data. That even includes their browsing information all across the web at sites that Facebook has nothing to do with. For mobile users who find that kind of behavior tracking creepy, there’s a new app that can help them maintain their privacy. The…

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New York Times: Facebook Developing Anonymous App

According to The New York Times, Facebook is only a few weeks away from releasing a standalone mobile app that will allow users to interact with each other without having to use their real names. According to the Times, the app could be used as a Reddit-like tool that allows users to have frank and…

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Facebook Has Won Nearly $2 Billion From Spammers in Court

Facebook understandably receives a lot of bad press for its privacy policies and what it does with user data. However, there’s no denying the site has stepped up its efforts to rid Facebook of spammy content. According to Matt Jones, Facebook’s site integrity engineer, the company has won massive legal victories in court against these…

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DEA Agent Creates Fake Facebook Profile, Impersonates Woman

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arrested a woman named Sondra Prince in 2010 and confiscated her phone. While that’s not newsworthy in and of itself, what they did with her phone was: a DEA agent mined Prince’s phone for photos and used them to set up a fake Facebook profile under her name. The agency…

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