http://facecrooks.com Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:17:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Security Experts Wary Of Facebook Messenger Payments http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Security-Experts-Wary-Of-Facebook-Messenger-Payments.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Security-Experts-Wary-Of-Facebook-Messenger-Payments.html/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:17:05 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9414 The post Security Experts Wary Of Facebook Messenger Payments appeared first on .

Last week, Facebook rolled out its new payment feature in Facebook Messenger that allows users to instantly send payments to one another using the tool.  Of course, in order to work, Messenger requires users to upload their debit card information. And while Facebook won’t link up with credit cards in order to avoid fraud issues,…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarLast week, Facebook rolled out its new payment feature in Facebook Messenger that allows users to instantly send payments to one another using the tool.  Of course, in order to work, Messenger requires users to upload their debit card information. And while Facebook won’t link up with credit cards in order to avoid fraud issues, some security experts are still warning users about potential Messenger phishing scams.

According to Stu Sjouwerman of KnowBe4, an online security awareness blog, Facebook’s payments will inevitably face fraud. He says that Apple Pay, a similar system launched by another tech giant, dealt with issues even a few months after its release.

“The number one problem will be phishing attacks that claim the victim has received money from a Facebook friend,” he said. “Also, when a friend messages you and their account has been hacked, there is a criminal trying to scam you impersonating your friend.”

Overall, Sjouwerman warns users to “think before they click” when using the online payment system. While that’s true for any action on social media, it is especially good advice for a feature that can give away your hard-earned cash with one click. Sure, it’s convenient, but that same ease of use also makes it easy for users to get suckered by scams.



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Mark Zuckerberg Thinks Facebook Will Read Your Mind One Day http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mark-Zuckerberg-Thinks-Facebook-Will-Read-Your-Mind-One-Day.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mark-Zuckerberg-Thinks-Facebook-Will-Read-Your-Mind-One-Day.html/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:33:17 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9411 The post Mark Zuckerberg Thinks Facebook Will Read Your Mind One Day appeared first on .

When it comes to your information, Facebook can’t get enough. From facial recognition technology to tracking your political beliefs, the social media giant loves to know the way you think. But what if there was a way the site could identify not only the way you thought, but what you thought? Mark Zuckerberg things this…

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facebook-privacy-200When it comes to your information, Facebook can’t get enough. From facial recognition technology to tracking your political beliefs, the social media giant loves to know the way you think. But what if there was a way the site could identify not only the way you thought, but what you thought? Mark Zuckerberg things this kind of mind-reading communication capability is on the way.

“One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like. This would be the ultimate communication technology,” he said. “We used to just share in text, and now we post mainly with photos. In the future video will be even more important… After that, immersive experiences like VR [virtual reality]… And after that, we’ll have the power to share our full sensory and emotional experience with people whenever we’d like.”

While it seems like the far-fetched stuff of science fiction, the technology is theoretically possible. But of course, the question of “could” is very different than the question of “should.” Users already have a problem with Facebook’s privacy invasiveness; how do you think they would feel if the site could read their minds?



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Facebook Wins First Round In Privacy Lawsuit http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Wins-First-Round-In-Privacy-Lawsuit.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Wins-First-Round-In-Privacy-Lawsuit.html/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:09:32 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9404 The post Facebook Wins First Round In Privacy Lawsuit appeared first on .

Facebook scored its first legal victory against the Europe v Facebook activist organization this week. The group, fronted by Austrian law student Max Schrems, filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in August 2014 over the site’s collection and transfer of user data. 25,000 people signed up for the suit, each seeking €500 each in…

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euvsfbFacebook scored its first legal victory against the Europe v Facebook activist organization this week. The group, fronted by Austrian law student Max Schrems, filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in August 2014 over the site’s collection and transfer of user data. 25,000 people signed up for the suit, each seeking €500 each in damages. However, the Vienna court where the case was filed refused this week to hear it. They claimed that they did not have jurisdiction in the case, and that Schrems could not pursue the case in Austria because he represented a group instead of acting as an individual.

“The court has taken a very strange approach, by basically arguing that anyone that is a vocal activist derives some sort of a benefit from it and is therefore is a business person,” Schrems said. “[Other] grounds [for] why there is jurisdiction in Vienna, is that the damage to my privacy occurred here — [this] was basically ignored. When reading the decision I wondered if the court just wanted this very complex and lengthy case off the table.”

However, the court did not rule on any “material facts,” including Facebook’s controversial data policies that started the case in the first place. That means Shrems and the group can continue to pursue the issue in a higher court. Even though Facebook expressed pleasure that the court had “roundly rejected” the activists’ claims, this legal battle remains far from over.



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Delta Air Lines, Facebook Users Hit With Viral Giveaway Hoax http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Delta-Air-Lines-Facebook-Users-Hit-With-Viral-Giveaway-Hoax.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Delta-Air-Lines-Facebook-Users-Hit-With-Viral-Giveaway-Hoax.html/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:30:13 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9402 The post Delta Air Lines, Facebook Users Hit With Viral Giveaway Hoax appeared first on .

A Facebook promotion from “Delta Airways” has gone viral on the site, getting shared nearly 65,000 times in 24 hours. The only issue: the promotion is a hoax, and it’s from an imposter Facebook page. The fake promotion says that Delta is “celebrating a 100 million customers already this year we’re giving you the chance…

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hoax_alertA Facebook promotion from “Delta Airways” has gone viral on the site, getting shared nearly 65,000 times in 24 hours. The only issue: the promotion is a hoax, and it’s from an imposter Facebook page.

The fake promotion says that Delta is “celebrating a 100 million customers already this year we’re giving you the chance to win one of 175 gift bags. Each one contains $5,000 in cash, 5 first class tickets to be used till 2016 and some delta goodies.” To win these gift bags, Facebook users are encouraged to share and like the post, thus perpetuating it further across the site.

A Delta representative told Buzzfeed News that they asked Facebook to remove the page, and as of Wednesday afternoon the original page had indeed been shut down. However, another one popped up to replace it soon thereafter.

While scams like this one are widespread, they’re also extremely easy to detect. For instance, Delta’s official name is “Delta Air Lines,” not “Delta Airways.” A small bit of Internet research would immediately prove that the too-good-to-be-true offer really was. In addition, the wording and grammar in the post is riddled with errors that would never be made by such a major company, like lower-casing the “d” in Delta. Lastly, the page carrying the fake offer has no prior posts, appearing as if it popped up overnight (which it did). All of easily-identifiable clues point to the page being a hoax.



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Critics: Is Facebook Tracking Users With Rainbow Photos? http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Critics-Is-Facebook-Tracking-Users-With-Rainbow-Photos.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Critics-Is-Facebook-Tracking-Users-With-Rainbow-Photos.html/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:14:02 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9400 The post Critics: Is Facebook Tracking Users With Rainbow Photos? appeared first on .

It’s no secret at this point: Facebook keeps track of almost all user information. That’s why some critics raised an eyebrow this week when the site introduced its “Celebrate Pride” rainbow photo filter feature for users to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. This marks the first time that Facebook has built a profile…

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Facebook privacy issuesIt’s no secret at this point: Facebook keeps track of almost all user information. That’s why some critics raised an eyebrow this week when the site introduced its “Celebrate Pride” rainbow photo filter feature for users to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.

This marks the first time that Facebook has built a profile picture tool to support a political cause, so it’s reasonable to expect that the site is gathering data on which of its users support gay marriage. Facebook responded to some of the questions about the feature and refuted them, but the site did not outright deny that it was keeping track of users who took advantage of it.

“This was not an experiment or test, but rather something that enables people to show their support of the LGBTQ community on Facebook,” the site told Gizmodo. “We aren’t going to use this as a way to target ads and the point of this tool is not to get information about people.”

Using the filter is a great way for users to make their opinions heard, take a stand on the issue and participate in a major historical moment. However, as with most things on Facebook, you should be aware that the site might be keeping tabs on you.



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Court Orders Facebook To Track Revenge-Porn Poster; Facebook Says It Can’t http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Orders-Facebook-To-Track-Revenge-Porn-Poster-Facebook-Says-It-Can%e2%80%99t.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Court-Orders-Facebook-To-Track-Revenge-Porn-Poster-Facebook-Says-It-Can%e2%80%99t.html/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:57:30 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9398 The post Court Orders Facebook To Track Revenge-Porn Poster; Facebook Says It Can’t appeared first on .

A 21-year-old woman in the Netherlands became the victim of Facebook revenge-porn when an anonymous user posted a video of her performing a sexual act. The other party involved in the act denied posting it, and both the video and the account that posted it were quickly removed from Facebook. However, the video was shared…

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facebook_logo_flatA 21-year-old woman in the Netherlands became the victim of Facebook revenge-porn when an anonymous user posted a video of her performing a sexual act. The other party involved in the act denied posting it, and both the video and the account that posted it were quickly removed from Facebook. However, the video was shared and lives on the Internet beyond its deletion, turning the woman’s life into “hell.” The woman then sued Facebook in Amsterdam, and the Dutch court has ruled that Facebook has two weeks to produce information about the person who posted the video.

For its part, Facebook says that it can’t identify the person behind the video because the request for their information came too late.

“The offending account was ultimately deleted before we received any request for user data, so all information about it was removed from our servers in accordance with our terms and applicable law,” Facebook said in a statement. “We deeply empathize with the victim’s experience and share her desire to keep this kind of non-consensual imagery off of Facebook.”

However, the woman and her attorney believe that Facebook must have the video and its accompanying information somewhere.

“Facebook records everything: including accepted ‘friend’ requests with dates and times,” the lawyer said.

This case could prove to be an interesting test of Facebook’s willingness to disclose what it does with our information—and how long it keeps it.



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“Anti-Facebook” Social Network Launches Creepy Facebook Ad Campaign http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cAnti-Facebook%e2%80%9d-Social-Network-Launches-Creepy-Facebook-Ad-Campaign.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/%e2%80%9cAnti-Facebook%e2%80%9d-Social-Network-Launches-Creepy-Facebook-Ad-Campaign.html/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:50:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9395 The post “Anti-Facebook” Social Network Launches Creepy Facebook Ad Campaign appeared first on .

When the social network Ello launched last fall, it was widely touted as a privacy-centric alternative to Facebook. However, since then, the site has both lost some of its buzz and sought to distance itself from its “anti-Facebook” stance. But despite statements to the contrary, Ello still seems to embrace its position opposite Facebook. For…

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elloWhen the social network Ello launched last fall, it was widely touted as a privacy-centric alternative to Facebook. However, since then, the site has both lost some of its buzz and sought to distance itself from its “anti-Facebook” stance. But despite statements to the contrary, Ello still seems to embrace its position opposite Facebook. For instance, it launched an ad campaign this week—on Facebook—that mocks the site’s sometimes-creepy personalized advertising.

The campaign features tongue-in-cheek lines like “They told us you’re single in NYC,” with an image of eyes looking through window shades, “Photography is better without ads” and “Your followers should see your posts for free.” The campaign seeks to show users just how much information Facebook collects about them—and how the site uses that data in its advertising.

Ello says it plans on rolling out similar advertising on other platforms soon, including Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. While the site says it wants to position itself as a hub of creativity instead of an anti-Facebook solution, its senior leader still made a point of calling out Facebook’s privacy issues.

“Facebook isn’t a competitor because unlike Ello, it isn’t really a social network at all,” said Ello CEO Paul Budnitz. “Facebook is first and foremost an advertising platform, which makes it the ideal place to point out serious privacy issues and other problems with these practices.”



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UK Police Crack Down On Facebook Scammers Peddling Pirated & Counterfeit Goods http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/UK-Police-Crack-Down-On-Facebook-Scammers-Peddling-Pirated-Counterfeit-Goods.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/UK-Police-Crack-Down-On-Facebook-Scammers-Peddling-Pirated-Counterfeit-Goods.html/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:35:39 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9392 The post UK Police Crack Down On Facebook Scammers Peddling Pirated & Counterfeit Goods appeared first on .

Police in the UK are deleting thousands of Facebook listings for counterfeit and pirated items, according to National Trading Standards, the government group behind the effort.  So far, law enforcement officials have raided 12 locations, taken down 4,300 Facebook listings and 20 profiles, and issued more than 200 warning letters. Some of the goods that…

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Stopping ScamsPolice in the UK are deleting thousands of Facebook listings for counterfeit and pirated items, according to National Trading Standards, the government group behind the effort. 

So far, law enforcement officials have raided 12 locations, taken down 4,300 Facebook listings and 20 profiles, and issued more than 200 warning letters. Some of the goods that have been seized include Cinderella dolls with high levels of toxic chemicals, TVs with unsafe chargers and many counterfeit computers, tablets, phones and articles of clothing.

The idea, according to the group, is to illustrate to would-be criminals that they aren’t safe anywhere—even on Facebook.

“It shows we can track them down, enter their homes, seize their goods and computers and arrest and prosecute them, even if they are operating anonymously online,” said Lord Toby Harris, National Trading Standards chairman. “Criminals who operate on social media have become brazen because they think operating from their living rooms using laptops—without having to be physically present on market stalls— means they are less likely to get caught. I am extremely pleased that this operation has been able to prove that misconception wrong.”

Fake listings, scams and counterfeit goods are a major problem on Facebook, and though law enforcement deals with the problem in the United States, they certainly haven’t fought it as aggressively or successfully as the British did in this case.



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Facebook Algorithm Can Recognize You Even When You’re Not Looking At The Camera http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Algorithm-Can-Recognize-You-Even-When-You%e2%80%99re-Not-Looking-At-The-Camera.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Algorithm-Can-Recognize-You-Even-When-You%e2%80%99re-Not-Looking-At-The-Camera.html/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:17:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9389 The post Facebook Algorithm Can Recognize You Even When You’re Not Looking At The Camera appeared first on .

The artificial intelligence lab at Facebook presented an algorithm earlier this month at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference that they say can judge your identity in a photo with 83 percent accuracy—even without seeing your face. The identification method, named PIPER (Pose Invariant Person Recognition), takes into account identifying features, poses, partially exposed…

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skeleton_hackerThe artificial intelligence lab at Facebook presented an algorithm earlier this month at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference that they say can judge your identity in a photo with 83 percent accuracy—even without seeing your face.

The identification method, named PIPER (Pose Invariant Person Recognition), takes into account identifying features, poses, partially exposed faces and more subtle clues that facial recognition technology usually can’t compute.

“There are a lot of cues we use. People have characteristic aspects, even if you look at them from the back,” said Yann LeCun, the head of Facebook’s AI team. “For example, you can recognize Mark Zuckerberg very easily, because he always wears a gray T-shirt.”

While the technology is undeniably impressive and powerful, some people are undoubtedly going to react negatively to its perceived creepiness. That even includes other academics in the AI field.

“If, even when you hide your face, you can be successfully linked to your identify, that will certainly concern people,” Ralph Gross, a postdoctoral fellow at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, told New Scientist. “Now is a time when it’s important to discuss these questions.”

Facebook seems to be obsessed with perfecting this technology, and whether users find it troublesome or not, they’re going to keep innovating it.



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Facebook Page Created To Shame South African Cyberbullies http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Page-Created-To-Shame-South-African-Cyberbullies.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Page-Created-To-Shame-South-African-Cyberbullies.html/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:15:59 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=9387 The post Facebook Page Created To Shame South African Cyberbullies appeared first on .

A South African private investigator was tired of being defamed and harassed by anonymous cyberbullies. But instead of quietly accepting the trolls, he decided to take justice into his hands by creating Bully Busters South Africa, a Facebook page dedicated to exposing and shaming cyberbullies. The private eye, Brad Nathanson, says that he and his…

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say_no_to_bullyingA South African private investigator was tired of being defamed and harassed by anonymous cyberbullies. But instead of quietly accepting the trolls, he decided to take justice into his hands by creating Bully Busters South Africa, a Facebook page dedicated to exposing and shaming cyberbullies.

The private eye, Brad Nathanson, says that he and his wife have been victims of cyberbullying since 2013, reaching a point where the couple said “enough is enough.” He says that he wanted to create a page to act as both a support group for other victims of cyberbullying and a way to strike back at the bullies themselves.

“Just like me, there are many others experiencing similar problems and they don’t have a platform to express themselves. This started out as a little community of just over 1,000 people who have liked the page, but I am expecting it to grow,” he said. “It is also going to be a platform to name and shame people. It is the South African community taking a no-nonsense approach to cyberbullies.”

While it may feel good in the moment to seek revenge against cyberbullies, actions like this could also inflame tensions and only result in more harassment. Instead, you can use Facebook’s own set of official tools for users to report abuse or bullying.



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