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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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Privacy Concerns Raised Over New “Business on Messenger” Facebook Feature

At its F8 developer conference last week, Facebook announced a new feature for its Messenger chat service called “Business on Messenger.” The goal of the feature, according to the site, is to streamline communications between companies and consumers by combining things like customer service, package tracking and order changes onto one platform. While it could…

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Facebook Flaw Lets Anyone Create Tons Of Fake “Likes”

Researchers at McGill University’s School of Computer Science released a paper this week that detailed how easy it is for anyone on Facebook to generate fake “Likes.” The researchers said they originally notified Facebook of the security flaw in 2013, but after nothing was done to fix the problem, they decided to go public with…

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Facebook Introduces New Feature that Digs Up Old Posts

Facebook began rolling out a new feature this week that resurfaces your old posts, pictures and status updates from a given day years in the past. The tool, called “On This Day,” looks and functions like the popular Timehop app that pulls and publishes social media content from a user’s past. This kind of timeline…

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Florida Court Rules Private Facebook Photos Fair Game In Legal Proceeding

A Florida woman will be required to hand over her Facebook photos to Target Corporation after suing the company for a slip-and-fall incident in one of the retail giant’s stores. The woman, Maria Nucci, petitioned the Court of Appeals to nullify Target’s request, but the court denied her petition, ruling that Facebook photos could help…

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“Friend Verifier” App Lets Users Scan Facebook Friends for Criminal Records

A Facebook app called Friend Verifier is celebrating its third anniversary this year and the release of Friend Verifier Version 2 with an initiative its calling #StaySafe2015. The app allows Facebook users to scan their entire list of Facebook friends for criminal records. It also lets users search for free for sex offenders in their…

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Man Sentenced For Threatening Ferguson Cop On Facebook

A Seattle, Washington, man was sentenced with three years of supervised release this week for threats he made against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on Facebook. The man, Jaleel Abdul-Jabbaar, called for the officer involved in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown to be killed. In addition to the supervised release, Abdul-Jabbaar has…

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Mall of America Allegedly Used Fake Facebook Profile to Spy on Activists

According to documents obtained by The Intercept, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota created a fake Facebook profile to monitor Black Lives Matter protestors at the mall and to gather their private information. The report shows that an individual named “Sam Root” created a Facebook account for “Nikki Larson.” The Intercept’s investigation found that…

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You’ll Soon Be Able to Send Money via Facebook Messenger

Facebook announced this week that the long-rumored payments feature for its Messenger app will finally become available for U.S. users. The new feature will let users upload their debit card information and message their friends money, similar to how popular cash transfer app Venmo operates. Over the coming months, the feature will roll out gradually…

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Fake Porn Link Spreads Malware Attack on Facebook

Late last week, a new and devastating malware attack began to spread on Facebook through an Ow.ly link that promised “sex photos of teen girls in school” to curious users. However, once a user clicks on the link, the malware installs a rogue extension in their browser that can then post messages and spread the…

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Facebook Hit With Lawsuit Over Kids Spending Without Parental Permission

A U.S. District Judge ruled this week that Facebook must face a class-action lawsuit that wants the social media giant to provide refunds when children spend money on the site without parental permission. The lawsuit says that Facebook violates California law when it dictates that all sales are final. This case is not without precedent;…

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Facebook Removes “Body-Shaming” Emoticon After User Protest

Facebook removed an emoticon this week that let users share that they were “feeling fat.” It had been part of a long list of emoticons that users could share with their friends to detail how they feel, including “feeling loved,” “feeling blessed,” and more. A petition urging Facebook to remove the double-chinned face icon quickly…

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Free Tool Allows Hackers to Hijack Accounts Using Facebook Login

Last week, a security firm researcher released a free tool that allows hackers to access accounts on sites that use Facebook Login. The researcher, Egor Homakov, first wrote about the flaw he’d found in the login in January 2014. However, Facebook said they would not fix the issue because it would have disrupted the login…

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