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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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You Can Now Access Facebook Via Tor Network for More Privacy

The so-called “deep web” became familiar to mainstream web users last fall when Silk Road, a massive online underground black market, was busted by police. The controversy surrounding the site also informed many about the secretive world of secure online software and networks. In a surprising move, Facebook announced this week that it will be…

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Facebook Can Tell Your Political Affiliation, and Much More

Facebook has made no secret of its efforts to collect the information of its 1.35-billion-strong user base. Every piece of information on the site is potentially valuable; it all adds up to create a fairly complete (and creepy) portrait of a user. Facebook proved that even more this week when it released data detailing how…

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CEO of Hootsuite: Facebook Wants to Take Over Payments Industry

Facebook has made no secret of the fact that it wants to get involved in the online payments game. When code for a payment button was discovered in Facebook’s Messenger app, no one was much surprised. Extending Facebook into one-click purchases seems like a natural, though somewhat troubling, extension of what the site already does.…

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Facebook, FTC Shut Down $2.5 Million Scam

With well over 1 billion active users, impersonating Facebook has increasingly become big business for cybercriminals. That certainly proved to be the case last week, when authorities in New York opened an investigation into a tech support company, Pairsys, Inc., accused of impersonating Facebook and Microsoft to sell basic security software and services for exorbitant…

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Facebook Launches Private “Rooms” App

This week, Facebook officially launched Rooms, a new private conversation app that has been in the works for a while. However, the way the app turned out has taken many by surprise. The app lets users create, join or contribute to discussion boards, similar to popular online forum site Reddit. What’s important, however, especially given…

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Facebook is Trying to Make Users Behave Better

According to a recent New York Times profile of Arturo Bejar, the director of engineering for the Facebook Protect and Care team, the world’s largest social networking site is actively trying to make its users nicer and treat each other with more respect. Online discussions are often fraught with inappropriate and harassing language; the anonymity…

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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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