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Malware that Hijacks Facebook Profiles Spreading Fast

Malware that Hijacks Facebook Profiles Spreading Fast

McAfee, the online security company, released a threat report yesterday detailing a disturbing rise in Facebook malware. Most notably, a bug that hijacks users’ profiles called “Koobface” has tripled its reach so far in 2013. “The resurrection of Koobface reminds us that social networks continue to present a substantial opportunity for intercepting personal information,” Vincent…

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13 Million Facebook Users Have Never Adjusted Privacy Settings

13 Million Facebook Users Have Never Adjusted Privacy Settings

A study done by marketing blog Marketo has found that, despite growing concerns surrounding Facebook privacy and the release of Graph Search, 13 million users have never touched their privacy settings. Graph Search, the upcoming feature that will allow users to search through posts and pictures, has raised privacy concerns among plugged-in web users. However,…

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Facebook Teams Up with Attorney Generals to Promote Teen Privacy

Facebook Teams Up with Attorney Generals to Promote Teen Privacy

Facebook comes under frequent fire for its user privacy policies, though the site has taken big steps to remedy their image since becoming a publicly traded stock. Their latest campaign to improve user privacy is a consumer education program with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). The program will focus on educating teen users…

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Facebook Emoticons Give Deeper Insight into User Data – Could be Used for Ad Targeting

Facebook Emoticons Give Deeper Insight into User Data – Could be Used for Ad Targeting

Facebook is rolling out a trial version of a new feature that let users select emotions and icons to depict what they’re doing. They include things like reading, drinking, eating, watching, and listening to. After the user selects what they’re doing, they can select exactly what they’re doing. Like, say, if they’re watching Breaking Bad,…

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Facebook Launches “Ask Our CPO” Privacy Chat Feature

Facebook Launches “Ask Our CPO” Privacy Chat Feature

Earlier this year, Facebook controversially eliminated the ability for users to vote on the site’s policy changes. Many users weren’t aware of their right to do this in the first place, but it still caused a minor uproar, and Facebook promised users frequent web chats to increase communications and to answer any privacy questions they…

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How Will Graph Search Affect Your Facebook Privacy?

How Will Graph Search Affect Your Facebook Privacy?

Facebook introduced “Graph Search” on Tuesday, a new search technology that allows users to search and filter through content that has already been shared by their friends. For instance, if you wanted to know the best deli on a certain block in Manhattan, you could search through your friends’ posts and tags to see if…

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How to Lockdown Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

How to Lockdown Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

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 a billion members, and…

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