Internet Safety & Privacy

Apple Protects itself from Facebook Malware

Apple Protects itself from Facebook Malware

Apple’s gizmos and gadgets are all the craze today, which is probably why malware authors have been specifically targeting devices which use the Mac OS. One particularly nasty malware was the one that issues a fake antivirus called “MacDefender” – talk about wolf in sheep’s clothing. But now, Apple Inc. has created a security fix…

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Facebook Access Requested by Defense on Sexual Assault Case

Facebook Access Requested by Defense on Sexual Assault Case

Defense lawyers are practically paid to use every trick in the book to get their clients off the hook. These days, they’re turning to Facebook in order to gather evidence for their defense. In one sexual assault case being conducted in the United States, the defense has asked the judge to give them access to…

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Internet Explorer Bug Allows Hackers to Steal Facebook Credentials

Internet Explorer Bug Allows Hackers to Steal Facebook Credentials

Sometimes, the best way to foil a hacker is to think like one, which is exactly what Rosario Valotta, an Internet security researcher, did. He devised a way to steal digital credentials from Facebook users by exploiting a flaw in Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s default web browser. He presented the process at the Hack in the…

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Schools Warn Students about Facebook Monitoring

Schools Warn Students about Facebook Monitoring

There have been several stories of students getting sanctioned by their schools because of something they posted on Facebook. But has anyone ever asked how exactly these schools find out about the posts? One would think that information about the controversial posts are just passed along the grapevine until it reaches the ears of school…

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Viruses, Phishing Attacks and Scams Spreading via Links in Facebook User Comments

Viruses, Phishing Attacks and Scams Spreading via Links in Facebook User Comments

We have seen a lot of Facebook users post the following message to their wall today: VIRUS GOING THROUGH OUR COMMENTS. IT WILL START SENDING LINKS IN YOUR NAME. IT SAYS, “I KNOW YOU WILL LOVE THIS”, OR “LOOKING FOR SOME FUN”,THEN IT HAS A PAGE LINK SAYING, “NEW GIFTS FOR YOU”. DO NOT OPEN…

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Facebook and Microsoft Team Up Against Child Pornography

Facebook and Microsoft Team Up Against Child Pornography

Hiding beneath the comfortable anonymity offered by the internet are the dredges of society who take pleasure in the most perverse acts possible. These people are the reason why photos of child pornography are still circulating all over the internet, interspersed among happier, more wholesome photos. Thankfully, there are people who are dedicated to fighting…

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“The Brocial Network”: Giving Men Everywhere a Bad Name

“The Brocial Network”: Giving Men Everywhere a Bad Name

A men’s Only Facebook group called “The Brocial Network”, has just crossed the acceptable barrier by seriously invading the privacy of women on Facebook. The group was created by a guy who dubbed himself ‘King Brocial’. King Brocial rapidly gained some very loyal subjects and the group soon gained more than 8,000 members, with some…

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California Bill 242 — Needed Protection or Unwarranted Invasion of Privacy

California Bill 242 — Needed Protection or Unwarranted Invasion of Privacy

Proposed California Bill 242 (the Social Networking Privacy Act) will insist new users to social networking sites establish their privacy settings before having access to the main site. Facebook currently allows for certain member information to be viewed by the public and it is the responsibility of the user to set their own privacy settings…

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Web of Trust Comes to Facebook

Web of Trust Comes to Facebook

Finally, Facebook has decided to integrate some community help to their internal security team. Welcome WOT or Web of Trust. In a nutshell: “Web of Trust (WOT) is a community-powered surfing tool that boosts trust on the Internet, by using authentic user experiences to help web users find reliable websites. The leading community-based safe surfing…

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Log into Facebook Using Iris Recognition

Log into Facebook Using Iris Recognition

Iris recognition is becoming one of the most commonly used biometric authentication technologies in the world. Government agencies all over the world, particularly those concerned with immigration, have taken to using iris recognition in addition to fingerprint profiling and other methods of collecting personal data. But now, a New York based biometric security company called…

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