http://facecrooks.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:46:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Woman Files $123 Million Dollar Revenge Porn Lawsuit Against Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Woman-Files-123-Million-Dollar-Revenge-Porn-Lawsuit-Against-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Woman-Files-123-Million-Dollar-Revenge-Porn-Lawsuit-Against-Facebook.html/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:46:52 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8616 The post Woman Files $123 Million Dollar Revenge Porn Lawsuit Against Facebook appeared first on .

A Texas woman is suing Facebook for $123 million, alleging that the site did not do enough to remove a “revenge porn” page set up against her by a former friend. The woman discovered the page in December 2013, which featured pictures of her face doctored onto nude photos, but the site wasn’t removed until…

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facebook_in_browser_2A Texas woman is suing Facebook for $123 million, alleging that the site did not do enough to remove a “revenge porn” page set up against her by a former friend. The woman discovered the page in December 2013, which featured pictures of her face doctored onto nude photos, but the site wasn’t removed until February. What’s worse, it was only removed after police subpoenaed Facebook to find out who was behind the page. 

The large figure of the lawsuit represents ten cents for every Facebook user. From the splashy figure, it’s clear that the suit is intended to get people’s attention about privacy issues on the site — a motivation confirmed in the suit’s language itself.

“This lawsuit is intended … to get Defendant Facebook, its officers, directors, management, employees and subscribers (with media attention) to stand up, take notice and pay attention to the serious privacy violations concerns involved in revenge porn situations,” it read.

The lawsuit also said that it seeks to expose the flaws in Facebook’s privacy mechanisms, and even hold the company’s leadership accountable for allegedly concealing the harm that can come from its privacy practices.

As a pure publicity move, there’s no doubting the suit’s effectiveness. Even if the case doesn’t amount to anything, it’s still managed to get people thinking and talking about an important privacy problem on the largest social network on the planet. And that’s a good thing.



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13-Year-Old Terrorizes Entire Town on Facebook, Gets Arrested http://facecrooks.com/Creeps-of-the-Week/13-Year-Old-Terrorizes-Entire-Town-Facebook-Gets-Arrested.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Creeps-of-the-Week/13-Year-Old-Terrorizes-Entire-Town-Facebook-Gets-Arrested.html/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:57:34 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8614 The post 13-Year-Old Terrorizes Entire Town on Facebook, Gets Arrested appeared first on .

A 13-year-old girl in Splendora, Texas, was arrested after creating a fake Facebook profile and harassing her classmates, then threatening her entire hometown. The girl wrote to a classmate suffering from cancer that he “should have died,” and then posted “I am going to kill everyone in Splendora on July 13th.” Officials in the investigation…

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facebook-general-3A 13-year-old girl in Splendora, Texas, was arrested after creating a fake Facebook profile and harassing her classmates, then threatening her entire hometown. The girl wrote to a classmate suffering from cancer that he “should have died,” and then posted “I am going to kill everyone in Splendora on July 13th.”

Officials in the investigation said that Facebook did not cooperate at first, though eventually they lent their assistance. Less than a day later, the girl was under arrest.

“We realized a 13-year-old child will use poor judgment, and make mistakes, but we have to take threats like these seriously,” said Constable Kenneth Hayden. “In light of so many incidents in recent years where suspects announced their intentions through social media, such as the mass shooting at the University of California in May, these threats cannot be ignored.”

The girl was charged with making terroristic threats, and all of her electronic devices were confiscated.

Even though 13-year-olds are allowed on the site, instances like this still demonstrate the importance of parents supervising their children’s’ use of social media. While comments like these can seem harmless when written, they often have serious and far-reaching consequences that most young users can’t comprehend.



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Facebook announced this week that it will begin phasing out messaging through its main mobile app, and will require users to download the standalone Messenger app instead. “Our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences,” Facebook…

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messenger-appFacebook announced this week that it will begin phasing out messaging through its main mobile app, and will require users to download the standalone Messenger app instead.

“Our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences,” Facebook told CNET.

Facebook already forced European users to download the Messenger app in April, and reportedly saw users respond 20% faster than they did in Facebook’s main app. When the changeover is final, users who attempt to send a message in Facebook’s main mobile app will receive a message that prompts them to download Messenger instead. However, users will still be able to see if they’ve received messages from the site’s main app.

Messenger is a hugely important part of Facebook’s future business plans; the app already has more than 200 million monthly active users, and it’s capable of facilitating group chats, voice calls and photo/video exchanges. However, even though the standalone Messenger app will likely offer faster and more responsive service than the basic Facebook app, some users could be troubled by the mandatory nature of the download. As convenient and well intentioned as it may be, no one likes Facebook telling them that they have to download something.



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How to Lockdown Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/how-to-lockdown-your-facebook-account-for-maximum-privacy-and-security.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/how-to-lockdown-your-facebook-account-for-maximum-privacy-and-security.html/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:57 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=4860 The post How to Lockdown Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security appeared first on .

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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, and some are out to hack, scam and victimize others makes the issue even more pressing.

Our goal was to create a guide that Facebook users could reference to help them set up their privacy and security controls quickly, easily and appropriate for their comfort level of sharing.

This walk-through will show you how to configure your General, Privacy and Security Settings:

We will start out with the General Settings. Click the padlock icon located in the top right corner and select the ‘More Settings’ link. Or, if you are logged into Facebook, you can click this link and it will take you straight there: https://www.facebook.com/settings.general_account_settings

    1. Use a dedicated email address for Facebook. If you use an email account that you also use for banking or other sensitive information, then you are opening yourself up to a world of hurt if your Facebook account is ever hacked. There are several free email providers – gmail, hotmail, yahoo, just to name a few.
    2. Create a strong, secure password. For more information on the importance on having a good password, see our post: The Top Ten Commandments of Password Protection. (Don’t use the same password for Facebook that you use to access other accounts)

Security Settings -

Click the ‘Security’ tab located in the left column:
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    1. Enable Login Notifications – (this lets you know when your account has been accessed)
    2. Require Login Approvals – (this will require you to enter a code sent to you via text message if Facebook doesn’t recognize the device). This is a great way to prevent your account from being hacked. You can enable text notifications or use the Code Generator.
    3. Code Generator - Lets you get a code from the mobile Facebook application to complete the ‘Login Approval.’
    4. Setup a List of Trusted Contacts to help you reclaim a hacked account or if you lose your password.
    5. Trusted Browsers - We recommend not saving any browsers and logging out after each Facebook session.
    6. Where You’re Logged In – This shows different locations / devices you are currently logged into Facebook. End any active sessions you don’t recognize, and monitor this closely if you think your account is being accessed by a third party.

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Click the ‘Privacy’ tab located in the left column:privacy_settings_and_tools

    1. Set default privacy/sharing option to Friends.
    2. Use the Activity Log to review all your posts and things you’re tagged in
    3. Limit the audience for old posts on your Timeline
    4. Set who can send you friend requests.  If you want people from your past to be able to locate you, then you’ll have to set this to everyone.
    5. Select if you want Basic or Strict filtering for your inbox.
    6. Set “Who can look me up?” to Friends
    7. Don’t allow search engines to link to your Timeline

Timeline and Tagging

-Click the ‘Timeline and Tagging’ tab located in the left column:time_and_timeline_settings

    1. Under Timeline and Tagging, we recommend using the options shown above

 

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Click the ‘Blocking’ tab located in the left column:manage_blocking

    1. Here you can manage all of the people, applications and events that you have blocked on Facebook. It is a good idea to block friends that have had their accounts hacked. You can remove the block once they have reclaimed their account. This keeps hackers from accessing your personal information reserved for friends.
    2. Use the ‘Restricted List’ if you have people on your friends list that you only want to share public items with.
    3. Use the App blocking section to restrict invites from annoying applications and friends.

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If you opt-in to receive notifications, be mindful that many phishing scams try to mimic Facebook notifications.

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Click the ‘Mobile’ tab located in the left column:

    1. You will need to enter a mobile number here to enable login approvals. If Facebook doesn’t recognize your browser they will send you a code via text message that you must enter to complete the login.

Followers -

Click on the ‘Followers’ tab located in the left column:

    1. If you enable followers, these people will be able to see all of your public posts.

Apps -

Click the ‘Apps’ tab located in the left column:app_settings_14

    1. We recommend configuring your App settings as shown above.
    2. Don’t install questionable third party apps and remove anything suspicious. For more information on why you shouldn’t install questionable FB apps, see this post: Why You Should Not Install Fun and Entertaining Facebook Applications.
    3. If you don’t use apps at all and have no desire to, then you can totally disable them in the Apps you Use settings:
    1. You’ll also want to edit the Apps others use setting to keep the applications your friends use from accessing your data:

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Ads -

Click the ‘Ads’ tab located in the left column and edit these settings to ‘No one.’facebook_ads

Support Dashboard -

This tab shows you the status of anything you have reported to Facebook.

Privacy Shortcuts -

Click the Padlock icon in the top right corner for quick access to these settings:

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    1. Set Who can see my future posts to Friends.
    2. Use the Activity Log to review items you’ve been tagged in.
    3. If you are ever curious to see how your Timeline appears to others, you can use the What do other people see on my timeline? feature.

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    1. Use Strict Filtering to limit the amount of spam you receive in your Facebook Messages folder.
    2. Determine who you want to be able to send you friend requests – Friends of Friends or Everyone.

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    1. You can easily block people from contacting you by adding them here.

Another important setting that is often overlooked is limiting who can see your ‘Friends List.’ This post gives detailed instructions on how to set this item appropriately.

    1. It is best to set this to Only Me. If you have a friend that loses their account to a hacker, this can limit the damage they can do with fake Facebook profiles and the like. (Always block or unfriend a compromised account until it is reclaimed by your friend.
The last section that needs attention is your Timeline profile information.  Click on your name in the upper right corner to be taken to your Timeline. Click on the ‘Update Info” link on the right side of the page.
  1. Edit & Set Sharing Controls for all of the fields here to your sharing comfort level.
    • Only input information that you would be comfortable with the whole world seeing. Even if you set items to just “Friends,” what happens if a friend gets hacked? You don’t want a scammer having access to information that is typically reserved for just your friends.
    • We recommend the following settings
      • Only set items to be shared with ‘Friends’ or ‘Only Me.’ Don’t set anything to Public.
      • Show only the month and day of your birthday on your Timeline or a better option is to not display it at all.
      • Set your mobile phone visibility to “Only Me.”
      • Don’t enter your work or home phone numbers.
      • Do not enter your complete address – (only enter City & State or leave it totally blank)

Parting Thoughts

  • Public Pictures – Your profile picture and cover photo are public by default, and this setting can’t be changed. If this concerns you, then don’t use a personal photograph. Also, be sure to use sharing controls for your photos and albums.
  • Be careful what you post – once you post something online it can potentially come back to haunt you. Use the built in sharing controls for status updates and other posts to limit access to the intended audience.
  •  Be careful what you click – Even if all of your controls are set properly, clicking malicious links and installing malware can not only wreck your computer system, but it can affect your privacy and online safety as well.
  • Log out of Facebook – Facebook has been known to track user activity on other websites, so logout when you are not using Facebook. Also, staying logged in can make it easier for your account to be hacked if you login from shared computers.
  • Anti-virus software – install a reputable security software application and keep it updated.
  • Facebook Help Center – Be sure to check this valuable resource for more information on any of the topics discussed in this post.

Article Updated July 29, 2014



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“Death to Jews” Facebook Page Approved, Then Removed http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cDeath-Jews%e2%80%9d-Facebook-Page-Approved-Then-Removed.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cDeath-Jews%e2%80%9d-Facebook-Page-Approved-Then-Removed.html/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:30:16 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8588 The post “Death to Jews” Facebook Page Approved, Then Removed appeared first on .

A Facebook page was created on July 25 that was called “Death to zionist baby killer Israeli jews.” Offensive and racially insensitive content like this is nothing new on the Internet, but Facebook’s reaction (or lack thereof) to the page took many by surprise. When Philip Klein, a reporter for the Washington Examiner, reported the…

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FacebookLogo2A Facebook page was created on July 25 that was called “Death to zionist baby killer Israeli jews.” Offensive and racially insensitive content like this is nothing new on the Internet, but Facebook’s reaction (or lack thereof) to the page took many by surprise. When Philip Klein, a reporter for the Washington Examiner, reported the page to Facebook, the site replied and told him that it did not violate their Community Standards.

This incident came closely on the heels of another ugly episode in France where the names, pictures and identities of French Jews was published on a Facebook page targeting them for attack. That page was taken down, though only after a man had already been assaulted as a result of the page.

Facebook’s Community Standards have come under criticism for similar instances before. Though the site doesn’t permit threats against individuals, it has shown a willingness to allow more general threats to be lobbed against groups of people.

“Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech,” the Community Standards read. “While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.”

After overwhelming criticism of the “death to Jews” page, Facebook did finally remove it. However, the incident raises an important question: why is content like that allowed to live on Facebook for any period of time in the first place?



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Zuckerberg Talks Anonymous Log In, Future of Facebook Privacy http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Zuckerberg-Talks-Anonymous-Log-In-Future-Facebook-Privacy.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Zuckerberg-Talks-Anonymous-Log-In-Future-Facebook-Privacy.html/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:56:16 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8581 The post Zuckerberg Talks Anonymous Log In, Future of Facebook Privacy appeared first on .

During Facebook’s Q2 earnings report this week, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook’s new Anonymous Log In feature, and also addressed Facebook’s potential future uses of information. Facebook’s Anonymous Log In feature, currently in beta mode, allows for users to log in to apps without sharing any information. Zuckerberg noted in his comments to…

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facebook-privacy3During Facebook’s Q2 earnings report this week, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook’s new Anonymous Log In feature, and also addressed Facebook’s potential future uses of information.

Facebook’s Anonymous Log In feature, currently in beta mode, allows for users to log in to apps without sharing any information. Zuckerberg noted in his comments to the media that the app is just the beginning of the site’s efforts to improve user privacy, with instant messaging and increased privacy controls serving to help users better protect themselves.

“[Facebook] focuses on creating private spaces for people,” he said. “We’re constantly looking for new opportunities to open up new, different private spaces for people.”

But Zuckerberg also said that, with its vast trove of user information, Facebook is poised to become a major player in search engine technology. There are over one trillion posts on the site, and the ability to link information together could create one of the largest databases ever.

“There’s so much content within the Facebook ecosystem, we can answer questions for you that no other service can,” he said. “The secret to this will be, over a long period of time, indexing all the information on Facebook… That’s bigger than any Web service corpus that’s out there.”

Facebook has been very open about its desire to acquire user information, and with recent comments like this, it shows no signs of slowing down. As always, if you want to limit what the site — and other users — know about you, it’s best not to post sensitive information at all.



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How To Save Items In Your News Feed To View Later http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-To-Save-Items-In-Your-News-Feed-To-View-Later.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/How-To-Save-Items-In-Your-News-Feed-To-View-Later.html/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:51:26 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8573 The post How To Save Items In Your News Feed To View Later appeared first on .

How many times have you been scrolling through your news feed and an interesting article catches your eye, but you don’t have time at the moment to read it? Until now, you either had to email yourself a link or come up with some other way to remind yourself to check out the piece later.…

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How many times have you been scrolling through your news feed and an interesting article catches your eye, but you don’t have time at the moment to read it? Until now, you either had to email yourself a link or come up with some other way to remind yourself to check out the piece later. According to Facebook’s announcement, you can save things like links, places, movies, TV and music

This week, Facebook introduced a new feature that lets you save items to read at a more convenient time in the future.  All you have to do is click on the small arrow in the top right hand corner of a post, and click the save button:

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To locate these items, click on the ‘Saved’ link in the left column under the ‘news feed’ heading:

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This awesome feature is currently being rolled out to all users, and it even works on mobile devices! There are also no privacy implications either – no one can see what you’ve saved. In theory, Facebook could target ads based on saved content, but they have no plans to do so for now. Of course this could change in the future.

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Facebook announced this week that it’s testing a “Buy” button feature on the site that would allow users to make purchases without leaving Facebook. While it’s a good idea, and an inevitability, to combine online retail and social media, many users are likely to be put off by the thought of trusting Facebook with their…

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facebook-general-3Facebook announced this week that it’s testing a “Buy” button feature on the site that would allow users to make purchases without leaving Facebook. While it’s a good idea, and an inevitability, to combine online retail and social media, many users are likely to be put off by the thought of trusting Facebook with their credit card information. Facebook preemptively addressed those concerns in its press release announcing the new feature, saying:

“We’ve built this feature with privacy in mind, and have taken steps to help make the payment experience safe and secure. None of the credit or debit card information people share with Facebook when completing a transaction will be shared with other advertisers, and people can select whether or not they’d like to save payment information for future purchases.”

Of course, the site’s move into e-commerce will have plenty of detractors, and Facebook will have to prove it belongs on the same stage as industry giants such as Amazon and eBay. However, with Facebook’s already-massive user base growing every day, there’s no denying that the move will be a hugely profitable one for Facebook. It remains to be seen, however, just how users will react to the potential privacy ramifications.

“This is the breakthrough that Facebook needs to make e-commerce successful,” Chris Petersen, president of Integrated Marketing Solutions, told Forbes. “However, hell hath no fury like a consumer whose credit card data is stolen.”



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Woman Posts Selfie of Shoplifted Clothes on Facebook, Gets Arrested http://facecrooks.com/Creeps-of-the-Week/Woman-Posts-Selfie-Shoplifted-Clothes-Facebook-Gets-Arrested.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Creeps-of-the-Week/Woman-Posts-Selfie-Shoplifted-Clothes-Facebook-Gets-Arrested.html/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:04:02 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8568 The post Woman Posts Selfie of Shoplifted Clothes on Facebook, Gets Arrested appeared first on .

A woman from West Franfort, Illinois, was arrested this week for posting a picture on Facebook of herself wearing a dress that she allegedly stole from a small store in the town. The woman, 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, allegedly stole the dress and several other items on July 11 from Morties Boutique, and was seen walking…

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facebook_blackbg_logoA woman from West Franfort, Illinois, was arrested this week for posting a picture on Facebook of herself wearing a dress that she allegedly stole from a small store in the town.

The woman, 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, allegedly stole the dress and several other items on July 11 from Morties Boutique, and was seen walking away from the store. The store then posted to its Facebook account and described the stolen items, and after Saxton posted the photo of herself with the caption “Love my dress,” the store was quickly informed. According to a police representative, the woman was arrested the same afternoon she posted the picture.

“I called the police department and said, ‘It just hit Facebook,’ and they were on it in two seconds,” Said Gay Williams Morton, the owner Morties. The dress Saxton stole had a distinct leopard print and was immediately recognizable. Police chief Shawn Talluto also issued a warning about how quickly information can spread on the site.

“We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was at,” he said. “When you put something out there, it’s a matter of minutes before it can go viral, and it can go to the world.”



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