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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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Facebook Could Use Artificial Intelligence To Filter Out Fake News

Facebook launched an initiative this week to educate users about artificial intelligence and dispel some common fears about the technology. This public relations push will consist of a series of short videos and literature detailing some of the ways AI is shaping the future of technology, including through so-called “deep learning,” language translation and Facebook’s…

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Study: Facebook Privacy Controls Cause Privacy-Conscious Users To Share More

A new study released this week examines the relationship between Facebook’s privacy controls and how users shared content after the controls were released. The researchers conducting the study, published in an information systems journal, looked at so-called “disclosure patterns” on two of Facebook’s most popular sharing platforms: wall posts and private messages. They studied how…

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New Tool Mines Facebook Data To Predict When You Will Die

Video game developer Ubisoft recently developed an online tool called Predictive World that can access your Facebook profile and (allegedly) tell you things about yourself, including how tall your are, how much you weigh, how much you drink and smoke, and even when you are going to die. The tool, which was created in conjunction…

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Facebook Denies Report That Images Could Be Used To Hack Your Account

According to a new report, Facebook images could be used to contain and spread malicious code across the platform. The security researchers at Check Point, an Israeli security firm, publicized the flaw in Facebook’s defenses this week, noting that so-called “Locky” ransomware could be downloaded and installed by unwitting users via images. The security firm…

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Facebook Acquires “Emotion Detection” Facial Recognition Startup

Facebook announced late last week that it acquired a facial recognition startup company to help compete with Snapchat’s filters. The startup, called FacioMetrics, specializes in creating face detection apps, including one that can recognize seven different emotions in human faces. There’s no doubt that Facebook has its sights set on Snapchat, the popular photo-sharing app…

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[Scam Alert] Beware of Image Files spreading Ransomware on Facebook & LinkedIn

Security researchers recently discovered Locky Ransomware being spread on Facebook and LinkedIn. This new attack is being called ImageGate by Checkpoint security researchers. The malware is distributed by infected SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) image and graphic files. Users are prompted to download a codec allowing them to view the file in question.  We often warn…

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Report: Facebook Created A Secret Censorship Tool To Get Back Into China

Facebook was blocked in China in 2009, its dedication to openness clashing with the Chinese government’s desire to censor and control communication. However, according to a new report in The New York Times, Facebook might be bending over backwards to accommodate Chinese censorship. Three anonymous current and former Facebook employees were quoted in the report…

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Facebook, Other Large Tech Companies Are Still Tracking You In A Big Way

Verizon announced this week that it will combine its data with AOL to create a huge pool of customer information. The information gathered will include browsing cookies, postal addresses, device types, Google advertising IDs and much more. But while this merger could be a bad deal for consumer privacy, it is still being positioned as…

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Maine Police Issue Hilarious Warning To Men Not To Fall For Scams

Police in Bangor, Maine, issued a hilarious warning to men this week to avoid falling prey to Facebook scams involving attractive women who are interested in them. According to Bangor police, the department has received multiple complaints from men who have fallen for a scam involving a woman from the Philippines who friends and begins…

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Facebook Safety Check Feature Will Now Be Completely Controlled By Users

Facebook announced this week that it will place control of its Safety Check disaster response tool completely in the hands of its users. This means that, when enough Facebook users are posting about an incident in a given area, the site will automatically generate a notification asking people in the area if they’re OK. Safety…

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Hacking Group Targets Mark Zuckerberg — Again

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hacked again this week by a group that also broke into his social media accounts in June, according to a report in CNET. The group, which calls itself OurMine, defaced Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account by changing his bio to read “Don’t worry, we are just testing your security.” The…

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Report: Facebook Allowed Fake News Because It Was Afraid Of Conservative Backlash

Facebook doesn’t want to become a media company, but it’s clear that the social media giant needs to step up its efforts to fight fake news content — Mark Zuckerberg himself said as much this week. However, according to a bombshell report in Gizmodo this week, the site may have intentionally allowed hoax stories to…

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