http://facecrooks.com Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:00:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= You Can Now Access Facebook Via Tor Network for More Privacy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/You-Can-Now-Access-Facebook-Via-Tor-Network-More-Privacy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/You-Can-Now-Access-Facebook-Via-Tor-Network-More-Privacy.html/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:00:29 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8851 The post You Can Now Access Facebook Via Tor Network for More Privacy appeared first on .

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-privacyThe 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 directly hosted on one of the biggest such networks, Tor.

Tor is a software that allows for safe and anonymous web browsing, which is one of the reasons it’s so closely associated by many with illicit online activity. However, any web user concerned about their privacy can use the service to protect themselves, and Facebook clearly saw an opportunity to speak to those users by teaming up with the software.

“It’s important to us at Facebook to provide methods for people to use our site securely,” wrote Alec Muffett, a Facebook security engineer, in a post announcing the service.

Tor users previously had a difficult time accessing Facebook, which flagged the software’s scrambled connections and often led to lockouts. Now, Tor users can access Facebook without any hassles on Tor-enabled browsers here.

Though Tor’s user base is miniscule compared to Facebook’s 1.35-billion active members, this is exactly the kind of move Facebook needs to keep making to win back users skeptical of its privacy practices.



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Facebook Can Tell Your Political Affiliation, and Much More http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Can-Tell-Your-Political-Affiliation-Much-More.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Can-Tell-Your-Political-Affiliation-Much-More.html/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:40:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8848 The post Facebook Can Tell Your Political Affiliation, and Much More appeared first on .

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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facebook-privacy-200Facebook 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 what you like on the site can actually predict your political affiliations.

Using Facebook likes given to musicians, television shows, books, authors and even landmarks, the site was able to illustrate how these tastes corresponded with left- or right-leaning political beliefs. For instance, Democrats liked The Beatles and Bob Marley far more often than Republicans, who listened to country artists like George Strait and Miranda Lambert. For television, the results were equally unsurprising: more liberal people tend to watch Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, while conservative Facebook users prefer watching Ducky Dynasty during their downtime.

While this information may not be shocking, the fact that Facebook has collected so much of it is. As noted by writer Caitlin Dewey in The Washington Post, there’s nothing stopping Facebook from making many millions more inferences about user behavior using other seemingly unrelated data. And that’s the thought that’s truly troubling. If Facebook can accurately judge your political beliefs, what else might they be able to determine?



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CEO of Hootsuite: Facebook Wants to Take Over Payments Industry http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/CEO-Hootsuite-Facebook-Wants-Take-Over-Payments-Industry.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/CEO-Hootsuite-Facebook-Wants-Take-Over-Payments-Industry.html/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:01:41 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8845 The post CEO of Hootsuite: Facebook Wants to Take Over Payments Industry appeared first on .

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 and U.S. DollarFacebook 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. But according to Ryan Holmes, the CEO of Hootsuite, Facebook may have its sights set on one of the highest targets of all: the credit card industry itself.

According to Holmes, credit card-issuing banks make around $40-$50 billion a year just off interchange rates, which is the fee vendors must pay when customers use credit cards. If Facebook could undercut those fees with their own payment service, they could potentially flip the entire payments industry overnight. Holmes also mentions that many foreign workers in the United States use money transfer services to send their wages back home, though the fees can often be astronomically high for those, too, and Facebook could make a fortune simply by entering that industry. Merchants could even accept payments from customers on Messenger and eventually cut out credit cards all together.

Even though companies like Facebook and Apple are racing to enter the payments game, it’s uncertain how customers would (or will) take to this sudden change in service from the site they’ve used for only one purpose for so long.



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Facebook, FTC Shut Down $2.5 Million Scam http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Facebook-FTC-Shut-Down-2-5-Million-Scam.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Facebook-FTC-Shut-Down-2-5-Million-Scam.html/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:21:19 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8842 The post Facebook, FTC Shut Down $2.5 Million Scam appeared first on .

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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no_scamWith 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 prices.

According to Business Insider, Facebook notified the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about the operation, and the FTC in turn ordered the New York court to shut down the company. According to the FTC, Pairsys, Inc. called people and impersonated big tech companies like Facebook and Microsoft, and then talked customers into allowing them to access their computers remotely. Once on their computers, the company allegedly sold customers “bogus warranty programs and software that was freely available, usually at a cost of $149 to $249, though in some cases, the defendants charged as much as $600.” According to the FTC, the company made $2.5 million in 2012 alone.

The court has temporarily suspended the company’s operations, though if they’re found guilty, the FTC will likely push to have Pairsys, Inc. shut down forever.

It’s a good idea to regard any communication purporting to be from Facebook with some suspicion; the site rarely reaches out to users directly, and if they did, they would certainly not be in the business of peddling anti-virus software. A healthy dose of skepticism can go a long way toward protecting Facebook users from scams like this one.



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Facebook Launches Private “Rooms” App http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Launches-Private-%e2%80%9cRooms%e2%80%9d-App.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Launches-Private-%e2%80%9cRooms%e2%80%9d-App.html/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:57:51 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8839 The post Facebook Launches Private “Rooms” App appeared first on .

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_roomsThis 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 Facebook’s stance on making users identify by their real names, is the fact that the app allows its users to go by pseudonyms. You can sign in to the app using any username you want, and can even switch usernames from board to board. The app doesn’t even require a user’s personal information for them to sign up. Despite being designed as a message board for Facebook users to meet one another and discuss common interests, the app will also include functionalities similar to Instagram, like photo and video sharing.

Though Facebook used to be opposed to anonymous conversation, it seems the site has reversed its course in a big way. With text messaging apps on the rise (Facebook itself bought WhatsApp, an extremely popular messaging app, for $21.8 billion), the site can no longer realistically ignore customer demands for privacy. It remains to be seen how Rooms can compete with or distinguish itself from many other similar apps, though it at least shows a willingness on Facebook’s part to experiment with better privacy.



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Facebook is Trying to Make Users Behave Better http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Trying-Make-Users-Behave-Better.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Trying-Make-Users-Behave-Better.html/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:05:51 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8837 The post Facebook is Trying to Make Users Behave Better appeared first on .

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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facebook iconAccording 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 that Internet discourse provides gives many individuals free reign to be mean or cruel in ways that they would never dream of being to someone’s face.

“The way our brains work, we have evolved to understand each other by tone of voice or seeing facial expressions, but that gets lost through the devices we use to communicate,” Bejar said.

That’s why Bejar’s team of 80 employees worked to create tools for users to report harmful posts and photos, and to notify Facebook if content “hurt their feelings.” And according to the site, the tools are being utilized in a big way: over 8 million users flag content per week. Though the team has experienced success by providing more language options to help users convey how offensive content makes them feel, they may take it even further soon by allowing users to share emotional sounds.

Though Facebook landed in hot water for manipulating the emotions of users by adjusting the content on their News Feeds, this sort of tool actually gives users more freedom to express how they feel. It’s still kind of creepy that Facebook is trying to shape how users act and behave, but at least this time it’s for a good cause.



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Fake Ebola Stories Stoke Fear on Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Fake-Ebola-Stories-Stoke-Fear-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Fake-Ebola-Stories-Stoke-Fear-Facebook.html/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:36:19 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8833 The post Fake Ebola Stories Stoke Fear on Facebook appeared first on .

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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PrintAbout 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 it regarding the dangerous disease represent deliberate attempts to mislead users.

Emergent.Info is a group that tracks emerging rumors and hoaxes online, and they have noticed a sharp increase in false rumors spreading on Facebook regarding Ebola.

“We’ve seen stories on satire sites — fake news sites — getting tremendous traction because they feed on people’s fears,” said Craig Silverman, the founder of Emergent.Info. “Twitter is more where rumors are birthed, but Facebook is where things absolutely catch fire, in particular when you’re talking about hoaxes and fake news articles.”

The reasons for this are unclear, though several factors are likely contributing to Facebook’s status as the preeminent platform for fake news. First, its relatively new “Trending Topics” feature encourages fake sites to take advantage of whatever topics people are already discussing in order to garner cheap clicks, shares and likes. And as The Verge points out, all content appearing on Facebook News Feeds essentially looks the same, making it harder to distinguish between real and fake news. Facebook has made some noise recently about introducing a “Satire” tag to help users weed out these hoaxes, though it’s likely that opportunistic cyber-con artists will always work to disseminate dangerously false content no matter what restrictions are put in place.



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Report: Facebook Still Deactivating Drag Queen Facebook Accounts http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Still-Deactivating-Drag-Queen-Facebook-Accounts.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Report-Facebook-Still-Deactivating-Drag-Queen-Facebook-Accounts.html/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:10:14 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8831 The post Report: Facebook Still Deactivating Drag Queen Facebook Accounts appeared first on .

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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facebook-general-2When 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 flagged and reported by one individual, and the site missed the trend when they deactivated the accounts. Though the site has restored many of these profiles, according to LGBT leaders, many profiles are still being shut down.

“Every time one or two get fixed, a handful get suspended,” said Sister Roma, a San Francisco performer who has led the campaign for Facebook to allow drag queens to remain anonymous on the site. “So we really feel like we’re swimming upstream, and while I’m hopeful that Facebook is doing the right thing, it’s discouraging.”

Sister Roma said that she has received 300 to 400 emails from people whose accounts have been deactivated. Despite the continued profile suspensions, Facebook has proven to be sensitive to the issue, even setting up Sister Roma with a special email account she can use to forward issues to Facebook. Instead, it appears to be bigoted users that are the real problem.

“Facebook is not the enemy here, really,” Sister Roma said. “The problem is that people are using this policy that Facebook has in place to target and bully members of the Facebook community they don’t like.”



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Update: Facebook Won’t Allow DEA to Create Fake Profiles http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Update-Facebook-Won%e2%80%99t-Allow-DEA-Create-Fake-Profiles.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Update-Facebook-Won%e2%80%99t-Allow-DEA-Create-Fake-Profiles.html/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:42:14 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8829 The post Update: Facebook Won’t Allow DEA to Create Fake Profiles appeared first on .

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_logo_by_oguzburaksipsak-d4ubonk.pngIt 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 the DEA for its actions in a letter sent last Friday. Facebook security chief Joe Sullivan wrote that government agencies are subject to the same rules on the site as its civilian users.

“Facebook has long made clear that law enforcement authorities are subject to these policies,” Sullivan wrote. “We regard DEA’s conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies.”

Facebook also asked for evidence that the DEA isn’t continuing the practice of operating fake pages. Meanwhile, the Justice Department is due to investigate the case and determine whether it went too far in violating the plaintiff’s liberties. The DEA claims that the woman “implicitly consented” to the fake profile by granting access to her phone to the DEA.

The fundamental issue at play here, at least as Facebook sees it, is a problem of trust. The site is afraid that user confidence could be rattled by revelations like this one, and they may be right. However, no matter what their motives, the site’s public call-out of a massive government agency will certainly help draw attention to the issue.



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Facebook Checking Hacker Sites For Stolen Passwords http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Checking-Hacker-Sites-For-Stolen-Passwords.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Checking-Hacker-Sites-For-Stolen-Passwords.html/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:39:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8827 The post Facebook Checking Hacker Sites For Stolen Passwords appeared first on .

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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facebook-security-4Many 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. Fortunately, Facebook announced this week that it’s on the lookout for its users’ stolen passwords.

In the wake of data breaches, many hackers will post the stolen information to message boards or forums. Facebook has created a tool that combs through this information for passwords and usernames that correspond with its user database.

“We monitor a selection of different ‘paste’ sites for stolen credentials and watch for reports of large scale data breaches,” said Facebook security engineer Chris Long. “We collect the stolen credentials that have been publicly posted and check them to see if the stolen email and password combination matches the same email and password being used on Facebook.”

If Facebook finds that your information has been stolen, they will notify you the next time you log in and walk you through the process of changing your password.

While this security measure is not purely altruistic on Facebook’s part (they have a vested interest in keeping hackers and spammers off the site, after all) it’s still a helpful and proactive feature to keep user profiles safe.

Always remember to never use the same password on multiple sites, and it’s a good idea to enable login approvals on your Facebook account!



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