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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 a billion members, and…

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Facebook Testing A “Buy” Button

Facebook announced this week that it’s testing a “Buy” button feature on the site that would allow users to make purchases without leaving Facebook. While it’s a good idea, and an inevitability, to combine online retail and social media, many users are likely to be put off by the thought of trusting Facebook with their…

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Woman Posts Selfie of Shoplifted Clothes on Facebook, Gets Arrested

A woman from West Franfort, Illinois, was arrested this week for posting a picture on Facebook of herself wearing a dress that she allegedly stole from a small store in the town. The woman, 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, allegedly stole the dress and several other items on July 11 from Morties Boutique, and was seen walking…

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Beware of Fake Facebook Profiles Set Up for Flight MH17 Victims

It’s a troubling fact of life in 2014, when a major tragedy occurs, online scammers will try to take advantage of it. That’s what happened this week when it was revealed that fake Facebook profiles had been set up using the names of several victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine…

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California Man Bombarded with Facebook Messages Meant for Stranger

Users are required to provide an email address when they register for Facebook. This makes sense, of course, though things can take an interesting (and hard to fix) turn if the email address entered is incorrect. For instance: the case of a 63-year-old tax attorney in California, Paul Gordon Hoffman, whose email account was flooded…

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Security Firm: Facebook is the No. 1 Social Media Target for Cybercriminals

According to online security firm Kaspersky Lab, Facebook is the number one most-targeted social media site by cybercriminals, and the second most-targeted website overall.  The reason for that is simple: phishing scams. Facebook is full of fake pages that direct users with malicious links and messages. These links then point users to websites that often…

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Lawyers Recommend Bill to Give Access to Facebook Accounts to Loved Ones of Deceased Users

The Uniform Law Commission, a group of lawyers tasked by state governments with providing clear language for legislation, recommended a law this week that would give loved ones access to all of their deceased family members’ social media and email accounts. Right now, it can be difficult for family members to gain access to such…

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Facebook to Track Users’ TV Watching on Mobile Devices

This fall, Facebook will begin to track users’ TV watching on mobile devices and tablets by sending the age and gender of viewers to Nielsen, the company that tracks TV ratings. As TV viewing has fractured via delayed viewings on DVR devices and online streaming, it has become difficult to truly figure out how many…

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Anonymous Sharing App ‘Secret’ Adds Facebook Log-In

An anonymous sharing app called Secret, which lets users send anonymous messages and images to their circle of friends on their phone, has attracted plenty of controversy (not to mention tens of millions of dollars in investments). But the company, co-founded by two former Google employees, is just getting started: they announced this week that…

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Facebook Censors Images of Dead Lions but Reluctantly Removes “Kill Kendall Jones” Page

Texas teenager Kendall Jones sparked an online controversy when she posed with photos of lions, leopards and other exotic game that she killed. Facebook even removed a photo of her posing with a dead leopard because it violated their policy against content that “promote[s] poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight…

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Mom Banned From Facebook for “Coppertone Baby”-Style Photo

A professional photographer and mom was temporarily banned from Facebook this week after she posted a picture of her two-year-old child on the Coppertone Facebook page. The girl’s swim trunks were being pulled down in the photo, ala the iconic logo image of the sunscreen lotion company. While Facebook’s heart is obviously in the right…

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WARNING: Facebook “Verified Page” Scam Leads to Hijacked Pages

There is a new scam on Facebook that tries to hijack pages from their administrators by posing as a page verification message from Facebook. Freshome, an online architectural magazine, fell victim to the scam, and lost control of their Facebook page. Here’s how the hoax works: a cybercriminal created a fake profile with the user…

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Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Facebook Emotion Experiment

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint against Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) late last week that alleged that the site’s experiment with its users’ emotions via their Facebook Timelines was deceitful. “At the time of the experiment, Facebook did not state in the Data Use Policy that user data would be…

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