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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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Facebook Calms iOS Users About Location Privacy

Apple’s new iOS 8 will change location-tracking permissions from the current “Yes/No” choice to the more nuanced “Always/While Using The App/Never.” To calm potential privacy-concerned users, Facebook published a blog post this week detailing what the change means (and doesn’t mean) for Facebook mobile users. “Nothing has changed about how Facebook gets location information from…

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Beware of Advance Fee Scams on Facebook

Advance Fee Fraud is a very real threat on Facebook. There are many variations, but the main lure is claim that the target has won a large sum of money. On Facebook, we see this in the form of lotteries, promotions and sweepstakes. Usually, a hacked Facebook account is used to contact someone on their…

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Facebook Developing Private Sharing App called ‘Moments’

According to TechCrunch, Facebook is internally testing a new private-sharing app called “Moments” that would allow users to micro-share content with only select individuals. A source who saw the app told TechCrunch that it provides a clean, visual layout of a user’s friend list, and allows them to create “spaces” to share in. It isn’t…

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Beware of Free iPhone 6 Scams!

As we have seen countless times before, any time Apple releases a new product, the scammers spring into action. Apple’s release of the iPhone 6 is no different. Below is an image taken from a scam page setup on Facebook to harvest likes: How likely does it seem that you could win a free iPhone…

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Blogger: Facebook Asked Loaded Privacy Questions After Fixing Hacked Account

Blogger Polly Mosendz of The Wire wrote this week about how her Facebook account password was compromised, along with about 5 million other passwords, on a Russian Bitcoin forum. Someone in Indonesia tried to use the information to access her account, but Facebook blocked it and notified her of the site’s protective measures. Problem solved.…

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Facebook Makes it Easer for Users to Manage Apps

Facebook changed the layout to its App Settings page this week, according to Inside Facebook, and the page’s new design makes it easier for users to manage their app’s settings and permissions. On the new settings screen, users can see a clear visual representation of all the apps they are logged in to with their…

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Facebook Experimenting with Disappearing Posts

Perhaps mimicking the success of disappearing-photo app Snapchat, Facebook revealed this week that it is experimenting with disappearing posts. The feature, which will let users set an expiration timer on their posts, is currently only available for a small number of people using Facebook’s iOS app. According to The Next Web, which first broke the…

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Facebook Won’t Let Fundraising Family Post Photo of Sick Child

A North Carolina father set up a Facebook community page with the goal of raising $75,000 for his two-year-old son’s heart transplant surgery. However, when he tried to pay Facebook to boost the reach of the page, the site told him no. According to the father, Kevin Bond, the site told him that the picture…

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Facebook Won’t Remove Video of Kitten Being Burned Alive

This week, a brutal and graphic video of a kitten being tortured popped up on Facebook, drawing the outrage of thousands of users. However, when angry users asked Facebook to removed the page, they were told that the site would allow the video to remain posted. “People come to Facebook to share experiences of the…

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New York Times: Younger Generation Embracing Online Privacy

In the wake of last week’s celebrity nude photo hacking scandal, many in the media are reassessing what it means to be secure on the Internet. That includes The New York Times, which published a column this week discussing how the so-called “Facebook Generation” has begun to re-embrace online privacy. The article cites a quote…

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Facebook Rolls Out Privacy Checkup

Facebook began the roll out for its new Privacy Checkup feature this week, which aims to help users better control and review their privacy settings. According to Facebook’s announcement, users will experience the feature when they log in to Facebook in the coming days. The message, a pop-up window sporting a blue dinosaur illustration, will…

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Facebook Messenger Inconsistently Censors Porn Sites

With its mandatory download requirement and perceived invasiveness, Facebook Messenger has already caused its fair share of consternation among Facebook mobile users. But the app could become an even bigger lightning rod for criticism after it was found to seemingly censor links to porn sites at random, according to a blog post at Reason.com. The…

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