Internet Safety & Privacy

Egypt's Internet Blackout:  Defeating a Social Media Fueled Revolution

Egypt's Internet Blackout: Defeating a Social Media Fueled Revolution

Under the dictatorial rule of Hosni Mubarak since 1981, Egypt has been plagued with political uprisings mostly due to a struggling economy since the 1990’s. The Population rate is steadily rising, with a yearly increase of 2% on top of an already burgeoning 80 million people. 40% of the Egyptian population lives below poverty level…

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Beware:  Credit Collection and Insurance Agents Could be Posing as Friends in your Facebook Profile

Beware: Credit Collection and Insurance Agents Could be Posing as Friends in your Facebook Profile

Credit card companies are now processing data found on Facebook profiles to determine whether to approve credit for a user, his spending habits, and his capacity to pay off debts and even whether to close his account entirely. This is called social media monitoring or ‘social graphs’ used to create consumer profiles for users. Data…

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Till Facebook Do Us Part

Till Facebook Do Us Part

The United States has topped other countries in the number of divorces per year. Divorce rates were relatively low during the 1960’s, with a score of only 9.2 per 1000 married women. It significantly rose to 22.6 per 1000 married women in the 1980’s—a score directly correlated to women’s increasing financial independence and the no-fault…

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Facebook turns user actions into ad dollars with Sponsored Stories

Facebook turns user actions into ad dollars with Sponsored Stories

Facebook launched “Sponsored Stories” today. This is a new ad format that basically takes user actions and converts it into promoted content. Jim Squires, Facebook Product Marketing Lead told Mashable, Sponsored Stories is “a way for marketers to sponsor activities that happen throughout the News Feed.” This will allow marketers to create Facebook ads from…

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Facebook named most popular blacklisted website

Facebook named most popular blacklisted website

A research report from Open DNS was released today, and Facebook was named as the most blacklisted website – oddly enough it was named as the second most whitelisted site also. 14 percent of companies that blacklist (block) websites site Facebook as a primary on their list. MySpace came in at 10 percent and YouTube…

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Social Media and Human Trafficking

Social Media and Human Trafficking

A 15 year old was kidnapped from her own driveway while her mother was inside. She was kept in a dog cage for 40 days and was threatened that her captors would go after her family if she did not cooperate. She was advertised on craiglist.com and was turning in a hefty profit each night…

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Boom time for cyber criminals

Boom time for cyber criminals

PandaLabs recently conducted an undercover investigation into the seedy world of cyber criminal networks. Their findings are shocking and should give cause for everyone to beef up their online security and identity protection efforts. PandaLabs stated, “This is a rapidly growing industry and cyber-criminals are aiding and abetting each other’s efforts to steal personal information…

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Boom time for cyber criminals

Boom time for cyber criminals

PandaLabs recently conducted an undercover investigation into the seedy world of cyber criminal networks. Their findings are shocking and should give cause for everyone to beef up their online security and identity protection efforts. PandaLabs stated, “This is a rapidly growing industry and cyber-criminals are aiding and abetting each other’s efforts to steal personal information…

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Identity Thief Blackmails 172 Women on Facebook

Identity Thief Blackmails 172 Women on Facebook

Security settings in social networking sites and email addresses are there for a reason: secure what information users share about them on the internet. A user would know how effective these standard security settings are, if and only if, their account does not get hacked by malicious and cruel cyber stalkers. In this latest case…

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Facebook grants application developers access to user contact information

Facebook grants application developers access to user contact information

Facebook announced today that application developers can now have access to user contact information. This means that when you install a 3rd party Facebook application the developer can request access to any information you include the following fields: This news was met with outcries from privacy advocates as the next Facebook privacy debacle. It is…

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