http://facecrooks.com Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:05:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= How To Withhold Your Info From Facebook Apps http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-To-Withhold-Your-Info-From-Facebook-Apps.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-To-Withhold-Your-Info-From-Facebook-Apps.html/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:05:34 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9470 The post How To Withhold Your Info From Facebook Apps appeared first on .

It’s certainly convenient to log in to apps using the blue “Log in with Facebook” button instead of creating a username and password. However, as with most shortcuts on the web, there’s a cost to that convenience: a lot of your personal information gets handed over to those apps. However, Facebook has introduced an easy…

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app_centerIt’s certainly convenient to log in to apps using the blue “Log in with Facebook” button instead of creating a username and password. However, as with most shortcuts on the web, there’s a cost to that convenience: a lot of your personal information gets handed over to those apps. However, Facebook has introduced an easy way for you to prevent that from happening.

When you previously logged into an app via Facebook, you would be presented with a screen showing all of the personal info you “agreed” to give the app. Of course, there was a pretty major catch: you could only approve or cancel the app download. If you didn’t want to give the app your info, you were out of luck. However, now a link appears below your personal info, saying “edit the info you provide.”

When you click the link, you’re presented with your personal information in a bulleted format. From there, you can uncheck the items you want (including email address, birthday, Likes, friend list and more) and prevent them from going to the app.

As Mashable notes, it’s a good idea to periodically check the security settings of the apps you use, and if you haven’t used one in a while, to disconnect it from your Facebook profile altogether.



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Facebook Scam Preys On Mother Of Terminally Ill Newborn http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Facebook-Scam-Preys-On-Mother-Of-Terminally-Ill-Newborn.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Facebook-Scam-Preys-On-Mother-Of-Terminally-Ill-Newborn.html/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:26:41 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9468 The post Facebook Scam Preys On Mother Of Terminally Ill Newborn appeared first on .

Rosemary Newell faced one of the most heartbreaking situations a parent could ever imagine: her 7-month-old daughter was terminally ill with brain cancer, and eventually passed away from the disease. In an effort to rally support, she created a Facebook page for her daughter that gathered more than 20,000 likes and many kind strangers offering…

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Stopping ScamsRosemary Newell faced one of the most heartbreaking situations a parent could ever imagine: her 7-month-old daughter was terminally ill with brain cancer, and eventually passed away from the disease. In an effort to rally support, she created a Facebook page for her daughter that gathered more than 20,000 likes and many kind strangers offering their encouragement. However, the page also led to a devastating Facebook scam.

On Rosemary’s Facebook page, a woman named Dawn Phaneuf offered to set up an online fundraiser to help pay for the child’s funeral costs. Phaneuf said she would crochet baby outfits and sell them, donating 75 percent of her profits to Rosemary. However, Rosemary became suspicious when Phaneuf kept dodging her questions about the money, and she reached out to her supporters who had placed orders with the woman. She discovered that none of them had received the outfits they’d ordered.

Once the scam was uncovered, Rosemary advised all of her supporters to file a complaint with PayPal, the service that handled the “donations.” (For her part, Phaneuf claims she was hacked and had nothing to do with the scam.)

It’s truly awful, but scams like this one are nothing new. They’re designed to profit from people’s natural tendency to want to help—and to take advantage of those who need the help most.

“It’s getting a family at their weakest moment,” Rosemary said. “When someone offers you help, the first thing you think of is not, ‘Is someone scamming us?’ It makes you feel like total crap. Because in a way I felt responsible, because I put this out there and basically led them all to her.”



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Controversy Over Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology Continues http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Controversy-Over-Facebook%e2%80%99s-Facial-Recognition-Technology-Continues.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Controversy-Over-Facebook%e2%80%99s-Facial-Recognition-Technology-Continues.html/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:23:11 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9464 The post Controversy Over Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology Continues appeared first on .

Since Facebook’s facial recognition technology was turned off in Europe and Canada over privacy concerns, more and more questions are being raised about its use here in the United States.  Facebook says that the technology serves to better connect users with tag suggestions, an undeniably useful application. However, critics of facial recognition don’t have a…

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facebook_censorSince Facebook’s facial recognition technology was turned off in Europe and Canada over privacy concerns, more and more questions are being raised about its use here in the United States. 

Facebook says that the technology serves to better connect users with tag suggestions, an undeniably useful application. However, critics of facial recognition don’t have a problem with how it works. They have a problem with how Facebook presents it—or doesn’t present it—to users. [Click Here to opt out of tag suggestions]

“Face recognition data can be collected without a person’s knowledge,” said Jennifer Lynch, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “It’s very rare for a fingerprint to be collected without your knowledge.”

Indeed, Facebook does not present users with the option of opting in to facial recognition tech. Several other leading tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, are utilizing similar features, but both give users the choice of consent.

“Facebook isn’t getting permission,” said Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy & Technology. “Facial recognition is one of those categories of data where a very prominent and a very clear consent is necessary.”

It took a massive public uproar to get Facebook to reverse its stance on the technology overseas. It will likely take something similar to get the site to do the same here, and aside from a few experts, that doesn’t seem likely to happen.



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Canadian Cops Spied On Protesters With Fake Facebook Profile http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Canadian-Cops-Spied-On-Protesters-With-Fake-Facebook-Profile.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Canadian-Cops-Spied-On-Protesters-With-Fake-Facebook-Profile.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:29:00 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9462 The post Canadian Cops Spied On Protesters With Fake Facebook Profile appeared first on .

According to documents obtained through the Canadian Access to Information Act, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) used a fake Facebook profile to spy on more than two-dozen organizations in Toronto. The profile, which went under the name “Bebop Arooney,” tracked a variety of groups, including Jewish and Palestinian organizations, Black Lives Matter Toronto, the…

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Eye Looking Through A KeyholeAccording to documents obtained through the Canadian Access to Information Act, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) used a fake Facebook profile to spy on more than two-dozen organizations in Toronto.

The profile, which went under the name “Bebop Arooney,” tracked a variety of groups, including Jewish and Palestinian organizations, Black Lives Matter Toronto, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and more. The RCMP confirmed that they made the fake profile, though they denied using it for spying.

“The (Facebook) account mentioned was opened in 2005 for operational reasons, and since that time, the RCMP’s social media practices have changed and evolved and now we used an official media account for such purposes,” a spokesperson said. “The Facebook account is historical and no longer relevant.”

However, despite this assertion, documents obtained by the Toronto Star included a screenshot showing that someone had accessed the profile as recently as April 13, 2015.

In addition to the ethical questions surrounding this policing technique, there’s also the fact that it breaks Facebook’s own rules. The site does not permit any kind of bogus profile on its pages—even ones from law enforcement.

It sadly isn’t surprising that this kind of police work is happening, though hopefully Facebook wises up to the strategy and gives these imposter profiles the boot.



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Facebook, Google, Others Push Back Against Terrorist-Reporting Legislation http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Google-Others-Push-Back-Against-Terrorist-Reporting-Legislation.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Google-Others-Push-Back-Against-Terrorist-Reporting-Legislation.html/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:59:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9460 The post Facebook, Google, Others Push Back Against Terrorist-Reporting Legislation appeared first on .

Several large tech companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo are fighting against proposed Senate legislation that would require them to alert the government of terrorist activity taking place on their pages. “This is not your grandfather’s al-Qaida,” FBI Director James Comey said earlier this month. “This is a group of people using social media…

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facebook-security-2Several large tech companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo are fighting against proposed Senate legislation that would require them to alert the government of terrorist activity taking place on their pages.

“This is not your grandfather’s al-Qaida,” FBI Director James Comey said earlier this month. “This is a group of people using social media to reach thousands and thousands of followers, find the ones who might be interested in committing acts of violence, and then moving them to an (end-to-end) encrypted messaging app.”

While it looks bad on the surface for Facebook to take a stand against reporting terrorists, the site has good reason to be leery of government interference. Facebook’s public image is still recovering from the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013 that revealed that Facebook, Google and others were forced to comply with government orders to hand over user information.

However, Facebook says that it shares the government’s goals of eliminating terrorist content from the site, and that it deletes all content from these groups to prevent them from promoting themselves. As for why it opposes this specific legislation, Facebook said that it fears the proposed law is too broad and could leave the site on the hook if it missed even one terrorist post.

It’s certainly a complicated legal (and ethical) issue. Readers: do you think Facebook should work with the government to catch terrorists, or try to stop officials from snooping entirely?



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Mom Finds Stolen Photos Of Her Baby On Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mom-Finds-Stolen-Photos-Of-Her-Baby-On-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mom-Finds-Stolen-Photos-Of-Her-Baby-On-Facebook.html/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:44:03 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9450 The post Mom Finds Stolen Photos Of Her Baby On Facebook appeared first on .

A Forth Worth, Texas, mother received a rude surprise when she found a picture of her one-year-old daughter being used on an imposter Facebook profile. What’s worse, she had originally posted the photo in a closed Facebook group. “All of a sudden I saw someone, who I have no idea, posted in a group. And…

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warningA Forth Worth, Texas, mother received a rude surprise when she found a picture of her one-year-old daughter being used on an imposter Facebook profile. What’s worse, she had originally posted the photo in a closed Facebook group.

“All of a sudden I saw someone, who I have no idea, posted in a group. And my attention was brought to the profile picture, which was my daughter,” said Tiffany Treese. “To not know someone and to have them have her picture, it was very disturbing,”

The fake profile was in another language, and Treese says she thinks the page was being used to sell goods to other mothers. She also says that her privacy settings were extremely strict, and that the private group she posted to only had 60 members. However, she now says that she will watermark every photo of her child that she uploads to the site. (Who can blame her? According to Treese, it took Facebook five days to remove the fake profile after she reported it and spread word of the con through friends.)

There are several steps Facebook users can take to ensure their photos are harder to steal. First, you can upload low-resolution pics, so even if they are taken they will be difficult to use. Second, you can configure the privacy settings for each of your individual Facebook photo albums.  It’s also important to be selective on who you accept as friends and use sharing controls accordingly. However, if you want to truly secure your most precious photos, experts say the best plan is not to upload them at all.



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Update: New York Court Says Facebook Can’t Stop Search Warrants http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Update-New-York-Court-Says-Facebook-Can%e2%80%99t-Stop-Search-Warrants.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Update-New-York-Court-Says-Facebook-Can%e2%80%99t-Stop-Search-Warrants.html/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:31:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9447 The post Update: New York Court Says Facebook Can’t Stop Search Warrants appeared first on .

A New York court ruled this week that Facebook cannot challenge search warrants on behalf of its customers, reaching a conclusion that could prove to have major consequences for social media users and Internet privacy as a whole.  The case started when New York prosecutors used Facebook to collect information on 381 users suspected of…

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padlock_blue_whiteA New York court ruled this week that Facebook cannot challenge search warrants on behalf of its customers, reaching a conclusion that could prove to have major consequences for social media users and Internet privacy as a whole. 

The case started when New York prosecutors used Facebook to collect information on 381 users suspected of Social Security fraud, gathering evidence including photos and private messages. Facebook vehemently challenged the warrants, as did several other large tech companies. However, the court’s ruling this week means that warrants like these can only be challenged by the individuals involved in the case, not the companies. And that could have a huge effect on web privacy.

Though the ruling strikes a big blow against Facebook’s ability to protect users from law enforcement, the site may not accept it quietly; they are reportedly considering an appeal.

“We continue to believe that overly broad search warrants — granting the government the ability to keep hundreds of people’s account information indefinitely — are unconstitutional and raise important concerns about the privacy of people’s online information,” Jay Nancarrow, a spokesperson for Facebook, told The New York Times.

It was a good thing for users that Facebook stepped up for our rights in the court of law. Hopefully they continue fighting—even if they occasionally lose.



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Illinois Man Arrested For Making Facebook Threats Against Chicago Mayor http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Illinois-Man-Arrested-For-Making-Facebook-Threats-Against-Chicago-Mayor.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Illinois-Man-Arrested-For-Making-Facebook-Threats-Against-Chicago-Mayor.html/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:17:21 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9444 The post Illinois Man Arrested For Making Facebook Threats Against Chicago Mayor appeared first on .

A man in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has been taken into federal custody for making threats on Facebook to shoot a “high net-worth individual” before leaving for Pakistan. Mohammad Waqas Khan, who worked as an Uber driver in the Chicago suburb, was arrested in May for violating conceal and carry laws, and was still incarcerated this…

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facebook-general-3A man in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has been taken into federal custody for making threats on Facebook to shoot a “high net-worth individual” before leaving for Pakistan.

Mohammad Waqas Khan, who worked as an Uber driver in the Chicago suburb, was arrested in May for violating conceal and carry laws, and was still incarcerated this month when he was hit with the federal charges. Authorities said Khan bought a round-trip ticket to Pakistan in April, and that they had been following him and observing his social media posts before arresting him.

Khan, who prosecutors say may have mental health issues, made many violent threats on the site, including against Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and an alderman. His defense says he was simply ranting online or posting rap lyrics, but a judge noted “there is nothing rap-ish in anything he posted.”

“Now I’m gona get my revenge, and that involves putting bullets in someone’s body, so get out of the way or I’ll literally shoot at them as well and we’ll end up with a much bigger scenario on our hands,” one of Khan’s posts said. “I’m not leaving America without getting revenge even if it costs me my life.”

Though this is an extreme case, it’s always good to remember that the things you post on Facebook can be held against you—even in a court of law.



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Facebook Helps New Jersey Police Catch Bank Robber, Other Criminals http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Helps-New-Jersey-Police-Catch-Bank-Robber-Other-Criminals.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Helps-New-Jersey-Police-Catch-Bank-Robber-Other-Criminals.html/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:08:05 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9442 The post Facebook Helps New Jersey Police Catch Bank Robber, Other Criminals appeared first on .

Police in Toms River township, New Jersey, scored a Facebook crime-solving “hat trick” this week, using the site to identify four individuals in connection with three separate crimes. By posting surveillance photos on the police department’s Facebook page, officials said they received more than a dozen tips about a bank robbery, a man that allegedly…

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facebook_logo_flatPolice in Toms River township, New Jersey, scored a Facebook crime-solving “hat trick” this week, using the site to identify four individuals in connection with three separate crimes.

By posting surveillance photos on the police department’s Facebook page, officials said they received more than a dozen tips about a bank robbery, a man that allegedly groped and kissed a woman at a mall, and a robbery at a Target store where a little girl had her wallet stolen.

Ralph Stocco, a spokesman for the Toms River Police Department, told NJ.com that social media has become an integral part of catching crooks in their community.

“Social media has taken the place of wanted posters,” he said. “With the advent of new media such as Facebook…we have instant access to the citizens. They have become partners in law enforcement and the making of news instead of just being spectators.”

Though it might feel a little like Big Brother to have cops capturing and releasing surveillance footage to the public, you better believe that this kind of law enforcement practice isn’t going anywhere. If it works as well as it does, why get rid of it?

“Much like the advent of fingerprinting, DNA, and computers in police cars, I believe in years to come criminal justice scholars will include social media as one of the great advancements in law enforcement,” Stocco said.



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A Friendly Reminder: Facebook Can Prompt You to Download Anti-Virus Software http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/A-Friendly-Reminder-Facebook-Can-Prompt-You-to-Download-Anti-Virus-Software.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/A-Friendly-Reminder-Facebook-Can-Prompt-You-to-Download-Anti-Virus-Software.html/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:59:56 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9439 The post A Friendly Reminder: Facebook Can Prompt You to Download Anti-Virus Software appeared first on .

Late last year, Facebook partnered with IT security vendor ESET to provide a free and basic anti-malware program to users. If you log on to Facebook with a device that’s infected with malware, a message will appear offering you the chance to scan your device and remove the bug—all without leaving Facebook. It’s a pretty…

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virusLate last year, Facebook partnered with IT security vendor ESET to provide a free and basic anti-malware program to users. If you log on to Facebook with a device that’s infected with malware, a message will appear offering you the chance to scan your device and remove the bug—all without leaving Facebook. It’s a pretty helpful feature, though it’s one that can seem too good to be true. Indeed, one blogger recently wrote about his experience believing that the tool was, itself, malware.

“I spent quite some time researching this on the Internet as I had not heard of this ESET Online Scanner before,” Romona Foster wrote. “What I mostly found online were people asking if it was really Facebook or some malicious virus that was causing this, which was my concern. I also found a lot of people who were cursing Facebook for putting them through this daunting process.”

At first glance, the tool does look like malware. A pop-up box loudly trumpets that “Your Computer Needs to Be Cleaned,” and then offers users a chance to fix the problem. However, it is a genuine feature that is both helpful and free. Still, it’s a good idea to be skeptical of offers like this when you see them on Facebook. While ESET is real, many similar “tools” are not.



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